Two words I can never spell! An easy way to remember rhythm….. Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move!
I was just having a little think about how you can start focusing with the kids on words, and rhythms at home. Language is so important (obviously!), and singing is a natural progression from basic speech. I’m sure most of us were singing nursery rhymes before we could really talk properly! There’s a reason why they’re called ‘nursery’ rhymes… they’re mostly recited in the nursery!
In case you didn’t already know, I’m also a Nanny. And that means I’m quite bored of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so I’ve started making my own rhymes up! The great thing about this, is you can make them all about your life in your home, or about anything at all really! Stick to a basic limerick structure, and you’ll quickly find yourself with quite an extensive repertoire of rhymes. Here’s one that took me all of 2 minutes to think of, it’s about my little naughty pooch Lola…
Lola Lola little dog, can we play fetch the ball?
‘No’ said Lola the little dog,
the cat’s upon the wall!
And of course, you can set it to a little tune! Without even realising it, you’re developing language skills, rhythm and rhyme. Depending on the age of your kids, you can even engage them in the composition itself.
Twinkle Twinkle no more!