Are there benefits to singing and rhyming verse for children?

I have always loved rhyming verse, and do so even more now!

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I love nursery rhymes and children’s poetry. When my boys were small we used to listen to children’s songs and nursery rhymes in the car wherever we went. We used to sing along and I even bought them bells and shakers so that they could join in the music making.

I find nursery rhymes very fascinating, particularly when I probe the origins of some of them. Ring a ring o’ Roses for example is alleged to have originated from the black plague. A rosy rash was a symptom of the plague and posies of herbs were carried by people as protection and to cover up the smell of the disease. Sneezing or coughing was a symptom once the disease had progressed and then the sick person usually died and so literally “fell down” dead.

I have often wondered, however, whether there are any specific and acknowledged benefits to be derived…

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