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Nursery rhymes linked to reading skills

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that "if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight" (Fox, M, Reading Magic, 2001). So why not have a rhymetime with your toddler this October? Find out how in the latest of our Why not try this at home..? activity sheets.

Nursery rhymes give your toddler the opportunity to practice pitch, volume and voice inflection, as well as the rhythm of the language. We've included the lyrics to Twinkle, twinkle little star and The cat and the fiddle on the activity sheet, or you can find rhyme sheets on the Bookstart website.

If you're not sure where to start or you want a fun activity to do with your toddler, why not try going to a rhymetime at your local library?

The monthly Why not try this at home..? activity sheets are designed to help you develop your toddler's communication and language skills. You can download all the activity sheets online.

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