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Sing with your child!
Songs and rhymes help develop early literacy skills by breaking words down into their smallest components—syllables and phonemes—so that children can hear these parts and help them pay attention to the rhythm of language. Music can also help children remember new vocabulary words as well as exercise the part of the brain that helps them with math and problem solving once they get to school. Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays are additional tools to engage your child in having fun learning experiences and can be a wonderful shared experience for you and your child. Click here to see some of DPL’s favorite songs and fingerplays.
Great Things Happening in this Video
- Touch! Both moms take the opportunity to sing and touch their child. Touch is a powerful tool in helping you and your baby bond during learning experiences. It also helps your child create specific, positive memories of these shared learning experiences.
- Fun! Both moms are smiling, laughing, and making the experience fun for both them and their children.
- Neither of these moms are professional singers, but both children were engaged by the songs. Don’t be self conscious—your child will think you sound great no matter what!
- The first mom sings in Spanish, the language in which she is most fluent. By singing and talking in Spanish, she introduces her daughter to a richer vocabulary than she could in English; knowing Spanish will also help her daughter connect to other Spanish-speaking family members.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Singing into Your Day
Any time of day can turn into a good time to sing. The important thing is that you have fun while you are doing it. Here are some ideas:
- Sing during bath time (Suggestion: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
- Sing during meals or snacks
- Sing in the car (Suggestion: “Wheels on the Bus”)
- Sing while changing diapers
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Updated: December 13, 2013