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Nursery rhymes facing extinction

Of late, parents are familiarising their kids with pop songs and not Humpty Dumpty or Jack and Jill, says a survey.
ANI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2007 01:51 PM IST

Nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill are on the verge of extinction, for a new survey has revealed that these childhood verses are no longer sung by parents to their children due to their increased preferences for pop songs.

According to the poll, more than 50 per cent of the parents could not recall a single rhyme and though research says that singing to children can be an advantage at school, 37 per cent of the parents admitted that they hardly sing to their kids.

Thirty eight per cent admitted that they sing only pop songs to their children. The survey, which was conducted for the pre-school channel Cartoonito, quizzed more than 1,200 parents across Britain.

Out of the total respondents, only 12 per cent could recollect full three rhymes and those in London and the Midlands were least probable to know a complete rhyme.

Parents did not know most popular rhymes like Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Ring-a-Ring O'Roses, Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Hickory, Dickory Dock.

About 71 per cent did not know the historical meanings of the rhymes and only 28 per cent of young parents sing to their kids ‘all the time’.

"Not only are nursery rhymes an important historical part of our culture, but by singing them to young children you can help speed up the development of their communication, memory, language and reading skills,” the Daily Mail quoted Dr Janine Spencer, development psychologist at Brunel University, as saying.

The study also found that those in the South West and Wales are the regions well-versed in rhymes.

A spokesman for Cartoonito said that "It would be an incredible shame if they slip out of popular culture, particularly when song is proven to help children learn".

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