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Sing - Preschoolers

  • 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.

Sources: 

Bintrim, L. 2014. “Reading to the beat. Music and early literacy skills.” Upstart. Retrieved from http://upstartpromotions.com/upstart/pdf/upstart/el_articles/Reading_to_the_Beat.pdf?sp_rid=NTMxMjM5OTkxNTIS1&sp_mid=46307385

Eisner, E. W. 2002. Arts and the Creation of the Mind.  Yale University Press.  New Haven, CT.

Paquette, K. R. & Rieg, S. 2008. “Using Music to Support the Literacy Development of Young English Language Learners.”  Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(3): 227–232.

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