First Steps Toward Reading
- Sing songs with actions such as “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree,” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” These encourage children to learn the song, but the hand movements as well. Interactive songs inspire fine motor skills, communication, collaboration, observing, predicting, math skills and measurement.
- Incorporate singing into your daily routines, such as when washing your child’s hands. Daily routines happen regularly and provide many opportunities for your toddler to hear a song over and over again. Examples of daily routines include diaper changing, getting dressed, getting in the car, cleaning up, and putting on shoes. Singing during routines can also make a less desirable routine more enjoyable for your child.
- Move & Groove: Encourage your toddler dance, wiggle and move freely to any type of music. Understanding and creating rhythm can help the flow and comprehension of reading skills in the future years. Movement will allow children to express themselves through create self-confident, independent young learners.
- Skills Learned: Language development, imagination, vocabulary skills, questioning skills, higher order thinking, tone of voice, routines, art, music, movement, fine motor, gross motor, speaking, listening and comprehension.