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Celebrating our unique culture through rhymes and song with young children

Joining the world’s children in celebrating National Mother Goose Day, a day that honours the imaginary author of a collection of well-loved fairy tales and nursery rhymes, local early childhood development (ECD) practitioners and children from 20 ECD centres explored the learning through rhymes and song at an event in Humansdrop, on 25 May 2017.

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Over 1200 children across Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Oyster Bay, St. Frances, Thornhill, Patensie and Hankey are being enriched through this programme, which explores rhymes and songs in the celebration of their unique culture and language. The South African programme is aptly named “The wonderful world of nursery rhymes” / “Die wonderlikewereld van rympies”/ “Izicengcelezoezimnandizabantwanaabancinane” to make this celebration more accessible and truly local.

“Every culture and language has traditional rhymes and songs that are passed down the generations, and these can be used to promote children’s learning and development,”

said Marion Green-Thompson, Economic Development Director of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who has funded this educational programme.

Rhymes and songs promote a sense of identity and belonging, enrich children’s language skills, sharpening their ability to identify sounds, which is an essential skill for later reading. It also promotesconcepts of numeracy and enhances physical development through movement.

Fairy tales and rhymesarefundamentally the first introduction to reading for young people everywhere. In 1987 it was determined that fairy tales were so essential to reading development, that a day needed to be established to bring awareness to, and encourage the use of reading in preschool environments through stories and nursery rhymes.
“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,”added Green-Thompson.

Eendjies, eendjiesstaan in ‘n ry
Een, twee, drie, vier, staphulverby
Links, regs, links, regs, kyk hoe mak
Reguit dam toe, kwaak, kwaak, kwaak.

Origin: South Africa (Afrikaans)

Imvula, imvula,
Chapha,chapha, chapha
Imanz’impahla yam
Imanz’impahla yam
Imanz’impahla yam
Imanz’impahla yam

Origin: South Africa (isiXhosa&isiZulu)

Issued by: Tina Meier
Issued for: Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
Date: June 2017

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