Saturday, September 01, 2007

My kids love ryhmes.

~It's amazing how a little rhyme can change the mood and attitude and make my boys more compliant.

Some we like to use are...

"you get what you get, and you don't throw a fit."

"brush your teeth/ brush your hair/ put on some clean under ware."

~When I start to sing "patty cake," all my kids immediately pay attention. I started to wonder kids loved rhyming, and found this,

"Now researchers have found that song-like rhythmic patterns that make rhyming fun are the very thing that draws attention to the rhythm of language. And when you tap or clap along to the beat of the story, you're really helping your child develop an awareness of the syllables and sounds that make up words....Nursery rhymes also set the stage for early reading by making children more aware of their own language and how sounds are combined to make words that sound alike - like "clock" and "dock".

Reciting nursery rhymes teaches the rhythm of speech and intonation as well as the grammatical structure of language. You can change your intonation to emphasize certain words or phrases, such as "climbed up the water spout " and …"washed the spider out". This emphasis is present in our everyday language. We raise our voices at the end of a question, and pause between sentences or phrases to emphasize a new thought." Read all here

....It's funny to me the things parents naturally do sometimes are actually very beneficial to your kids!

~Have any good rhymes?


Blogger Kat said...

A popular one in our house is:
"Do what needs to be done, then have fun"

11:04 PM

Blogger kddub said...

thats a good one!

6:51 AM

Blogger Annie said...

We also use the "get what you get - don't throw a fit" rhyme; I don't have any others to contribute. But I wanted to say that this power of song and rhythm is so real. I can redirect my son's negative behavior sometimes just by starting to sing the B-I-B-L-E or This Little Piggy. He stops immediately, and I get eye-contact! I've even used it to calm my impatient child in the grocery store (by the way, your post of that ebay lady was fantastically funny). I'd encourage any parents out there to try it, if they haven't already.

10:32 AM

Blogger kddub said...

Annie, Isn't it so cool? Even just tone of voice, and the way something is said can totally change their attitude.
... that story is so funny, did you read the whole thing?

9:57 AM


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