The Magic of Nursery Rhymes
Monday, January 28, 2013
Here is a gate, a magic gate
Let's open it with our hands
Step inside, step inside
Now we're in Mother Goose Land
And so we open our Mother Goose circle once again. This circle comes every year at this time and is always one of the most beloved circles of the year. The Mother Goose rhymes carry within them golden keys to speech and language development and through their powerful, healing rhymes and repetition to the rhythmical support of the young child's development in fundamental ways. Here is an excerpt from an article by Suzanne Down, our esteemed colleague and master storyteller and puppeteer titled "The Healing Art of Nursery Rhymes":
The meaning of the words in the nursery rhyme takes a back seat to the possibilities of rhythm and repetition to help establish a clear healthy breathing, circulation, and immune system thorughout the body, right down to the toes! The nursery rhymes work right into the heartbeat and circulation, not into head thinking. They mirror the cosmic rhythms for the young child finding his way on earth...Nursery rhymes take the power of rhyme, repetition and rhythm that together heal inner chaos and make order wtihin the cellular level. These qualities go right into the body, right into the circulation, releasing the child from chaos.
The children love to find the rhyming words in the nursery rhymes and memorize them easily. In our circle some are spoken and some sung. They are ageless and timeless and bring delight and joy to children of all ages! It is my great hope that you all have your favorite Mother Goose collection. So get out your books and curl up together on a cold winter's day for your own delightful journey to Mother Goose Land!