There are many ways to engage a child’s world and love for books, interest in singing rhymes and dancing are some of the best ways to do that. Rhymes teach children how language works. It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words. Rhymes also help children experience the rhythm of language. As they recite nursery rhymes they learn to speak with animated voices. Someday they’ll read with expression, too.
Seth M.R. Jaipuria Playgroup hosted its first Sing Along session this year where they invited the mothers of all the students to join the children in the classroom for an hour, along with the teachers.
The teachers explained how oral learning, understanding the pronunciation of words along with its meaning, its correct use, vocabulary development, etc. happens best through story-telling and rhymes. The mothers learned all about the art of story-telling i.e. the right way to introduce new characters in stories, correctly deriving a moral/lesson from each story and how to have the child relate to the story as much as possible. Singing rhymes is equally important to learn new words and develop a good command over languages, in Hindi, English as well as Sanskrit. The mothers joined the teachers and the children in singing and dancing to various rhymes that are practiced in school every day.
The purpose of such interactions with parents is to make them aware of the activities that are done in school and involve them in it in a more personal way. The learnings in school should be reinforced at home in a similar manner and in order to do so, mothers must be acquainted with the methods of teaching adopted by teachers in school. Thus the Sing-Along session was a good way for them to learn about their child’s activities and the ways to reinforce the same at home.