5 Practices of Early Literacy
When you sing, you slow down words. This helps your child hear the smaller sounds, learn syllables, and develop vocabulary. Singing also helps develop listening and memory skills.
Singing together is a fun bonding experience - whether you're a good singer or not!
- Ages 0-1: Dance to music that you and your baby enjoy. Sing nursery rhymes together, but also listen to your favorite music - your baby may recognize your grown-up tunes.
- Ages 1-2: Create songs about everyday activities, such as changing a diaper or putting on clothes. Adapt the tune “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” to “This Is the Way We…”
- Ages 2-3: Clap, shake, or bounce to the beat of songs.
- Ages 3-5: Make up your own words to familiar tunes to create silly songs. Let your child choose unique animals for “Old McDonald Had a Farm” and unique actions for “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Sing and Rhyme
Remember the Itsy Bitsy Spider, opens a new window and Humpty Dumpty, opens a new window? There are thousands of rhymes and fingerplays you can use to brighten up a trip to the grocery store or a long wait at the doctor's office.
Watch these experts perform their favorites, then try them out for yourself!