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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes


According to experts in literacy and child development if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are most usually in the top of their class for spelling and reading by the time they are eight.

The importance of nursery rhymes is cited again and again by early childhood researchers and teachers.

Nursery rhymes contain high frequency words and learning and listening to them helps tune a child’s ear to the rhythms and sound patterns of language. Nursery rhymes are also critical for cognitive development, especially memory and recall skills. Emotional development is also nurtured by sharing nursery rhymes. Sharing nursery rhymes strengthens the critical bond between parent and child and promotes an understanding of social cues like clapping, smiling and humour. It’s great to use facial expressions when sharing nursery rhymes with your child and this is another way babies and littlies learn about feelings and social cues.

So one of the most important things you can do for your child is introduce them to nursery rhymes early – and music CDs are a perfect way to do this. You can play them at home and sing together and are great for the car.

We have so many great nursery rhyme music resources. Check these out!

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (featuring Davina Whitehouse) features 52 classic nursery rhymes in one collection. They songs are organised into themes like “animals”, “birds of a feather” and “lullabies and mysteries”. The late British actress Davina Whitehouse narrates as Mother Goose.

Mother Goose Action Songs is a “spiced up” collection of nursery rhymes and songs for 2-5 year olds. Classics like “the grand of duke of York”, “ring o roses” and “hickory dickory dock” are extended to encourage movement and actions. This collection is from Universal Children’s Audio (UCA) I – a New Zealand-based publisher of great music and resources for the early years that encourages cognitive development like dancing and moving.

ABC for kids presents 200 Of The Greatest Nursery Rhymes Ever. This 2-CD set pretty much covers all your nursery rhyme needs! Every nursery rhyme you could imagine and more is on this CD. A must have for the family music collection.

Wee Sing Mother Goose is a book and CD set of classic rhymes. On this collection rhymes like “Jack and Jill” and “Humpty Dumpty” are chanted and then sung by kids. The accompanying book will help children visualise the nursery rhymes. Aimed at ages 2-6.

Busta Rhymes Nursery Mega-Mixes puts a fresh twist on the classics – it takes the traditional and gives it a fun, funky modern spin with simple rhymes and fantastic sounds. Imagine Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty and Jack Spratt all mixing it up in an urban-style. This is great for parties and dancing in the lounge room!

Legendary Aussie performer Patsy Biscoe presents Best of Music for Children – a 3-CD collection of a whopping 150 songs. Many favourite nursery rhymes feature and are instantly appealing because of Patsy’s style that has ensured she’s been a favourite with families for well over 40 years (parents who watched Fat Cat and Friends will remember her fondly!).


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