Rhymes and stories may seem simple but they are often catalysts to profound and memorable learning about emotions and social dynamics and they provide invaluable discussion points about methodologies and issues.
In terms of basic literacy construction, rhymes and stories introduce pre-readers to stylistic features such as repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance, end-rhyme, personification, rhetorical questions, similes and metaphors, and use of tenses, tones, emotive language, and hyperbole. In addition, rhymes and stories introduce pre-readers to understanding the use of euphemisms and clichés, and of course familiarise them with the usual syntax of subject-verb-object and introduce new vocabulary within contexts.
The memorability of stories and rhymes can be used to support learning across subjects, making them excellent resources for topic-based learning at nursery/kindergarten, and interest-led, informal learning in the home.
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