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In honor of National Poetry month in April, I pulled out some fun poetry books for the girls. What about the baby, you ask? Don't worry, I didn't forget about the little man!
For his first experience with poetry, I shared My Very First Mother Goose-edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. This book includes some of my favorites from Hey Diddle, Diddle to Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake. The illustrations are adorable and feature a few popular characters created by Rosemary Wells. (Max and Ruby for example)
Passing on literature and rhymes that I enjoyed as a child and that have been passed down from generation to generation is important to me. Reading and singing nursery rhymes with baby is not only fun, but also great for baby's development.
Singing nursery rhymes to your children from a young age has been shown to improve language skills to such an extent that it gives infants a head start in school. This benefit is understandable when you consider that even before babies can understand the words being spoken nursery rhymes help to demonstrate the rhythms, patterns and sounds of speech. Later on, learning nursery rhymes helps infants' to expand their vocabulary, learn basic number skills and gives them the confidence to express themselves through speech. (resource: askbaby.com)
If you have a toddler or preschooler, there are a lot of great resources online for sharing nursery rhymes. Below is a link that shares nursery rhyme activities and crafts. Of course, infants are too young for this sort of thing, but I thought I'd share just in case you had older babies in the house!
Nursery Rhymes Online
What is your favorite nursery rhyme? Have fun sharing your favorites with your baby!
“Nursery rhymes live on as common to memory as the season, and as familiar to children even as the rain and spring flowers.” (John Clare, poet, 1825)