ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce LIT102: Building Literacy Through Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Poetry to the online child care training course catalog.

English-language nursery rhymes have been passed down for generations—in many cases for hundreds of years—providing countless children and caregivers with wonderful bonding experiences and fun memories. However, many adults overlook the potential educational value of nursery rhymes, particularly with regard to the development of a broad range of early literacy skills. Literacy experts are well aware of this fact, because the research shows that nursery rhymes can play an essential role in preparing the brain to read.

The earliest popular children’s books were simply chronicles of the same rhymes and stories elders had been passing to children for thousands of years, such as Mother Goose, The Brothers Grimm, and Aesop’s Fables. Even after these stories and rhymes were written, most children continued to experience them in oral form, recited or read aloud by parents and teachers. By engaging with such rich, varied content from an early age, young children’s brains can build a mighty literacy foundation.

Critical thinking skills are clearly necessary in today’s world, saturated as it is with information. College professors give top marks to those who grasp and wrestle with big problems and ideas, and top employers want people who think creatively and make sound decisions. To actively engage in today’s world requires highly developed literacy skills and cognitive flexibility. Believe it or not, poetry and rhyme can provide the exact foundation young minds need. If you learn to ponder the great verses and the countless poets in all their wisdom, then your brain will be better prepared to ponder all the other challenges coming your way in life.

“This course explores the use of nursery rhymes and children’s poetry as learning tools in the Early Care and Education (ECE) environment,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course also focuses on teaching a basic understanding of poetic forms and literary devices every ECE professional should know.”

LIT102: Building Literacy Through Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Poetry is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST