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Sing - Babies

  • Play musical recordings or instruments for your child. Give your baby a rattle or jingle bell to play along! Not only does music help children feel safe and ready to learn, it also develops spatial-temporal reasoning and higher-level cognitive abilities, such as using imagination, tolerating ambiguity, and understanding differing concepts.
  • Look for board books that are adapted from a popular nursery rhyme or song and sing the book to your baby. Your librarian is happy to help you find some great titles!
  • Clap or tap on your baby’s palm while singing or saying a rhyme – one syllable per tap! This self-regulated movement increases focused learning, develops motor skills, and improves memory.

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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