Sing Reminders

Sing to your child when doing everyday activities, and sing about the activity.
 

Singing with your child is great for brain development and, more importantly, is an intimate activity that strengthens the bond between the two of you.

Use shaker eggs when reciting nursery rhymes.  Each nursery rhyme has a great beat that children can follow using the shaker egg.

When kids are losing attention, try singing a song with finger actions.

Freeze songs are a great way for little guys to practice control. Yes, freeze songs are really exciting and often result in a lot of laughter, but they also teache kids to listen, focus, react, and control their bodies!

Singing is a great way to bond with your child and build vocabulary. Sing fun songs together every day!

Sing while changing a diaper! you've got a captive audience - and it helps squirmy babies settle down.

Sing away - kids don't care what kind of voice you have, but how much fun you're having. Playful "lessons" are remembered longer than others.

You don't have to be musical to sing with your kids.  They love to hear your voice, and singing helps them learn new ideas and hear the smaller sounds that make up words.  

Music encourages children to express themselves through movement and play. Physical play stimulates the part of the brain that regulates emotions. Overall, music plays a vital role in the growth and development of early childhood learners.

Singing slows down words so that babies and toddlers can hear that words are made of different sounds.

Musical activities such as singing, dancing, and/or playing an instrument requires children to listen attentively and hold patterns in their memory. This improves memory and attention.

Clap out, tap on a drum, or sing your child's name. This allows them to hear words slowed down so that they can make out the parts of words, or syllables.

Find books that go with a song or can be sung to a familiar tune.  Did you know Wiggle by Doreen Cronin can be sung to “Do Your Ears Hang Low”? Try it out! 

Children don't care if you're a good singer--they love to sing with you!

Diaper changing time is a great time to incorporate singing. It can help calm a wiggly baby or toddler. Picking favorite, familiar songs to sing while changing your baby's diaper--like the alphabet song, Twinkle, Twinkle, or another favorite--is an easy, fun way to build early literacy skills!

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