First Steps Toward Reading
- Sit on the floor across from your child, legs spread far enough apart so that you can hold hands. Pull your child toward you, then lean forward and have your child lean back. Continue the rocking motion, forward and back, as you sing the familiar song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or other rocking rhymes.
- Check out a CD from the library and sing your favorite new songs. Allow your child to sing Karaoke in front of friends and family.
- Provide a wide variety of music for Toddlers to listen to; folk songs, symphonies, operas, rock and roll, and even sound tracks from movies they might have seen. Suggest that everyone pretend to be animals or objects like cats, elephants, trucks, or bouncing balls, and then imitate these in response to the music. You might provide the children with long scarves with which they can pretend to make butterfly wings. Together, you can move your bodies and "wings" and "fly" along with the music!
- Skills Learned: Language development, imagination, higher order thinking, art, music, movement, speaking, listening and comprehension.