- Choose books with repeated rhythms or singable portions and ask your child to sing with you. This will make your story times memorable and help your child associate a positive feeling with books and reading.
- Use songs or chants to help your child transition through their day. Having a song for clean-up time, dinner time, bath time and more will increase your child’s vocabulary, add more stability and security to their day, and help you get the job done faster.
- Incorporate hand gestures and facial expressions with your songs to help your child comprehend the meanings behind the words and phrases.
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