Nursery Rhymes

In: English and Literature

Submitted By vickysg06
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Nursery Rhymes Analysis
There are many reasons why nursery rhymes continue to be a big hit in children’s lives. The fact that nursery rhymes are usually accompanied by a chant or a physical trait (performance) makes it easier for children to internalize the rhymes. The frequency in which children use these nursery rhymes is quite high. Yet, children themselves are oblivious to how often they use them. They use them at school during instructional time, but most important, they use them at play. Nursery rhymes have elements that assist with cognitive, lanugage , physical and social/ emotional developments. Some of these rhymes have significant meaning (historical meaning), some even include a moral lesson.
Transition times are often difficult for preschool children and their teachers. These early childhood rhymes and songs help children move from one activity to another. When children become familiar with just a few transitional rhymes they become secure in their knowledge of what comes next. Many nursery rhymes use the classic number three. For example, The Three Little Pigs, portrays this classic number three. This pattern seems to add drama and suspense while making the story easy to remember and follow. The third event often signals a change or ending for the audience/reader. A third time also dismisses coincidence such as two repetitive events would suggest. The number three’s popularity has been considered powerful across history in different cultures and religions. Some have considered three to be the perfect number because it represented everything: beginning, middle and end.
In The Three Little Pigs, the wolf is used as the villain. The wolf is common used as fairy tale and nursery rhyme villain. This nursery rhyme also includes some sort of humor, for example, the knocking at the door in which the wolf is essentially knocking to be admitted to eat the…...