I grew up with nursery rhymes, and although many see them as outdated, they are helpful for language acquisition and encourage children’s speech development. The verses are made up of patterns, they have a rhyme scheme, a specific meter, lots of repetition and they embed language with music. In my experience, this combination aids a child’s language acquisition and memorization process enormously. As a former Pre-K teacher in an international school in Switzerland, much of my career focused on sharing stories and singing songs. Throughout those years, picture books were my friends and allies bringing lots of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition to the ears of my young students, many from non-Englis

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