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Early Years > Language and Play ESOL Handouts > Rhymes and Songs

Language and Play - Rhymes and Songs

Did you know?

• Children who know many songs and rhymes when they start school are much more likely to learn to read and write more easily.
• Traditional songs and rhymes are good but singing along to the radio or T.V programmes help also.

How does this help / support my child?
• Hearing the sound of familiar voices singing, humming and chanting will give the child confidence and they will join in.
• Children will gain a great deal of information about language through rhymes

Working together

Try one of the following:

• Sing or say rhymes from your childhood to or with your child
• Sing an action rhyme from playgroup or nursery together

Activities you might like to try at home

• Sing along to a rhyme CD or tape with your child
• Make a puppet together to help with the actions in the rhymes

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