Learners explore culture through rhymes, tales

2017-06-01 06:00
Some 1 200 children from 20 ECD centres from across the Kouga region, celebrated National Mother Goose Day through rhymes and song at a special event in Humansdorp on May 25.                                                          Photo:SUPPLIED

Some 1 200 children from 20 ECD centres from across the Kouga region, celebrated National Mother Goose Day through rhymes and song at a special event in Humansdorp on May 25. Photo:SUPPLIED

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DUCKLINGS, ducklings, all in a row. One, two, three, four, see how they go. Left, right, left right, look how tame. Quack, quack, quack, down Puddleduck Lane.

Local Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners and over 1 200 children from 20 ECD centres from across the Kouga region, celebrated National Mother’s Goose Day – a day that honours the imaginary author of a collection of well-loved fairy tales and nursery rhymes - through rhymes and song at a special event in Humansdorp on May 25.

Exploring rhymes and songs in celebration of each child’s unique culture and language, the South African programme in celebration of Mother Goose Day is aptly named The wonderful world of nursery rhymes / Die wonderlike wêreld van rympies/ Izicengcelezo ezimnandi zabantwana abancinane – ma-king this a truly local celebration.

“Every culture and language has traditio-nal rhymes and songs that are passed down the generations. These rhymes and songs can be used to promote children’s learning and development,” says Marion Green-Thompson, Economic Development Director of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who has funded this educational programme.

According to Green-Thompson, rhymes and songs promote a sense of identity and belonging.

“It enriches children’s language skills and sharpens their ability to identify sounds, which is an essential skill for reading in later years. It also promotes concepts of numeracy and enhances physical development through movement.

“Tales are important in all cultures, they introduce concepts of fantasy and challenge us to be better by considering the moral implications of our actions.”

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