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- 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.
- Sing nursery rhymes with your child and teach new songs often. Singing helps children break down the sounds of words and increases vocabulary in a fun way.
- Throw a dance party! Moving to music and rhythm is an excellent way for your young child to build motor skills.
- Sing words and sentences slowly to your child. This breaks sentences apart and helps your child decode the small sounds in words and syllables.
- 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!