According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), rhyming and poetry are important ways parents can promote early brain development and boost vocabulary in their young children. Many books written for babies and toddlers use similar sounds and speech patterns that help them learn new words. But rhymes are also learned directly from parents and caregivers, and then passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation.
The AAP recommends that parents share rhymes with their children—either by reciting memorized nursery rhymes or reading books in rhyme—and work in some fun and snuggling, too. By playing simple games, like clapping to the rhythm in a poem or rhyming words to the names of everyday objects, parents can encourage creative thinking in their children and create wonderful memories that can be passed down to future generations.
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|Read Dr. Seuss on the Loose - A collection of rhymes from the master of verse.|
|Read Red Truck - Can Red Truck make it up the hill? Red Truck can! Red Truck will! ZOOOM!Truck fans of all ages, but especially the littlest ones, will love cheering on the hardworking red tow truck that stars in this high energy picture book. Mighty Red Truck splashes and zooms through mud and rain to rescue a stalled school bus on the side of the road, and becomes the hero of a rainy day. Eye-popping quirky illustrations and the fast-paced rhyming text will make this truck story a fast favorite.|
|Read Llama Llama Red Pajama - In this rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama starts worrying when Mama goes downstairs after tucking him into bed. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.|
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- This article by PBS Parents offers ideas and information about the history of rhyming to help children learn.
- We’re focusing on the arts again this week! This Too Small to Fail infographic and blog post offers ideas for parents on how to bring rhyming and other artistic activities into your lives.
- This FREE rhyme booklet from the Perry Public Library will help parents and their children get their rhyming on!
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