Rhyme Challenge

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Get singing, get rhyming, get talking, get reading…

The Rhyme Challenge is a fun way to introduce children and families to rhymes. Rhymes may be new to families or forgotten, and they require help to build up confidence to have a go themselves.

Young children learn best through seeing someone they know well doing things, and through repetition.

Rhymes can be shared almost anywhere - in the car or bus, the bath, in the supermarket. You can use rhymes during less popular activities to encourage children, for example, tidy up time, nappy changing, going to bed.

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Bradford Libraries is challenging under fives to take up the Rhyme Challenge again this year. Toddler groups, pre-schools, nurseries and children's centres are kicking off the challenge which involves parents and children learning five rhymes together.

The aim is for up to 4,000 children from Bradford to take part in the challenge once it is completed in March next year.

Parents wanting to take part in the challenge can contact Bradford Libraries Early Years Development Officer on 01274 433684 to find out how to get involved.

Staff working with the children will also be in with a chance to win one of the Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge Awards. Last year awards were given for best practice in libraries, toddler groups, children's centres and nurseries along with a special individual award.

For more details contact your local library.

The programme for this year is:

Library Day Time Week 1 Week 2 - Outside Organisation    Week 3 Week 4 - Bookstart Bear 
Burley Tuesday 1.45pm 9 January 16 January Tiny Signers 23 January 30 January
Laisterdyke Tuesday 10.30am 9 January 16 January Jo Jingles 23 January 30 January
Wyke Tuesday 2pm 16 January 23 January Tiny Signers 30 January 6 February
Bingley Tuesday 10.30am 16 January 23 January Jo Jingles 30 January 6 February
Menston Saturday 10.30am 20 January 3 February Tiny Signers 17 February 3 March
Ilkley Saturday 10.30am 20 January 27 January Jo Jingles 3 February 10 February
City Wednesday 10am 24 January 31 January Tiny Signers 7 February 14 February
Eccleshill Monday 2pm 29 January 5 February Jo Jingles 12 February 19 February
Shipley  Wednesday 10am - toddlers 31 January 7 February Tiny Signers 14 February 21 February
Shipley  Wednesday 10.45am - baby 31 January 7 February Tiny Signers 14 February 21 February
Wibsey Thursday 2pm 1 February 8 February Jo Jingles 22 February 1 March
Idle Monday 2pm 5 February 12 February Tiny Signers 19 February 26 February
Baildon Thursday 2.30pm 22 February 1 March Jo Jingles 8 March 15 March
Keighley Saturday 11am 24 February 3 March Tiny Signers 10 March 17 March
Manningham  Monday 10am 5 March 12 March Jo Jingles 19 March 26 March
Thornton Wednesday 11am 7 March 14 March Tiny Signers 21 March 28 March

Many libraries run regular Rhyme Times, you can join in and have fun with other families.

This year's rhymes are available from the links on this page.

The benefits of rhymes…

  • Rhymes are often repetitive and make the words easier to learn, especially when they are sung.
  • They are a fun way for a child to acquire language skills and great building blocks for future learning.
  • Most rhymes involve some physical interaction, which adds fun, surprise and anticipation.
  • They give children a sense of story with a beginning, middle and end and an awareness of sounds.
  • Rhymes introduce numbers, colours, shapes, animals, parts of the body etc.
  • Help develop concentration and listening skills.
  • They help parents to overcome feeling shy or awkward when talking to very young children.
  • Help parents and carers realise how important they are as their child’s first teacher.
  • Sharing rhymes help bonding and togetherness between children and parents and carers.

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