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What Rhymes with Success?

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

On any given day during the week, in community organizations across Edmonton, you will find parents sitting in circles on the floor reciting Itsy Bitsy Spider, laughing, and playing with their children. These parents are attending a Centre for Family Literacy Rhymes that Bind program.

What does this simple rhyme have to do with preparing children for success in school?

Infants communicate from the moment they are born. Crying, babbling, and cooing are their earliest forms of communication, and, by responding to baby’s vocalization, parents give meaning to their sounds.

When parents sing songs and rhyme with their child from an early age, they are helping their child develop language and communication skills, which are essential for learning. At the same time, they are building warm and secure relationships that support their baby’s healthy brain development.

Research shows that a child who has positive early interactions with her or his parents will have an easier time learning, will have better social skills, and will develop greater resiliency.

So reciting Itsy Bitsy Spider, singing a lullaby, or telling a simple story at a Rhymes that Bind program is providing parents with an opportunity to encourage their child’s language and literacy development.

Demand for Rhymes that Bind has grown substantially over the past three years with over 998 adults and 1,198 children participating last year. The program has responded to the diverse ethnic and cultural make-up of our city by including songs and rhymes in a variety of languages from Cree to Mandarin.

Unfortunately, due to funding cut backs, this highly successful program is at risk of being downsized. The Centre is encouraging individuals and business to make a donation in support of Rhymes that Bind so that we can continue to provide families with tools to help them lay a strong language foundation for their children’s literacy.


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