During World Nursery Rhyme week (November 7th-11th) we stressed the importance of nursery rhymes and songs in relation to speech and language development. As it’s December and Christmas is fast approaching, we have been hearing lots of Christmas songs in the schools we work in, mostly in practice for Christmas plays! These traditional Christmas songs often get stuck in our heads and we find ourselves humming, whistling or singing along, even when we try not to! Communicate have picked our 5 favourite Christmas songs and here’s why!
- Jingle Bells! This song provides children with an upbeat tune, with lots of repetition! Repetition stimulates early learning as it encourages language
acquisition and benefits memory. The song also provides a set
of rhyming words, which is also great for developing speech and language skills!
- Silent Night! A Christmas classic which dates back to 1818, therefore providing children with the opportunity to discuss the history surrounding the song. There is also the opportunity to learn new vocabulary within the song,
which may need to be explicitly pre-taught for children to
understand what they are singing!
- Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer! Another quick, upbeat song which children love! We’ve recently seen this song being signed by a whole class and it looked brilliant! As well as the rhyme and range of vocabulary being used in this song, it encourages children to think about the lyrics; Rudolph is slightly different from the others, but should be treated no differently!
- 12 Days of Christmas! This is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous, which is great for developing auditory memory skills! It also helps children develop their counting skills. This song provides endless language and learning opportunities as there are various versions and it can be adapted! Children can find objects/pictures for the varying quantities being described in the song, and learn concepts such as ‘more’ and ‘less’ if given the opportunity to discuss each part.
- We wish you a Merry Christmas! More repetition, rhyme and vocabulary learning opportunities are heard in this song. There’s also opportunities to discuss the origin of the song and for children to think about what they could do to wish someone a Merry Christmas! A cheerful Christmas classic, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
We would like to wish all the children taking part in Christmas plays this year, good luck, and we hope everyone has a very happy Christmas!
The Team @ Communicate! 🙂
P.S. A big thank you to Emma from all of us for our Team Christmas Party!