Tuesday 12 February 2013

Young Children Need to Hear Alliteration. Remember Rhymes?

Alliteration is everywhere.  Adults use it all the time.  Somehow it seems soothing and comfortable in its patterns and rhythms.  
Sayings like busy as a bee, bite the bullet, cream of the crop, dead as a doornail, the more the merrier etc. etc. are common.
I'm sure it's because it reminds us of nursery rhymes from our childhood.

Remember 'Wee, Willie Winkie'?

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,
"Are all the children in bed, for now it's eight o'clock?"

These rhymes are short and sweet, easy to remember and easy to recite.  Children love them!

Parents and grandparents should teach their little ones to say their favourite rhymes together with them.  Show them the same nursery rhyme in a book so that the children begin to see the link between spoken and written language.  So important and fun!

Getting back to adults.....I even heard Nigella use alliteration on her cooking show on TV the other night.
To quote "The sound of sizzling starts me salivating".
Saucy, sassy stuff :)

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