- Sing nursery rhymes to your baby from a young age. Babies are learning through their senses from the moment they are born. Music helps children become more aware of voice and rhythm of speech.
- Children learn language through repetition so sing those nursery rhymes over and over again.
- Begin by naming the song for your child along with an action that represents it. Your child will soon begin to anticipate what’s coming.
- Take out some musical instruments and have fun banging, shaking, clapping and exploring. Children learn about the sounds in their environment through exploration. Shake that tambourine and wait for your child to shake it back. If you’ve no musical instruments, get creative with pots and spoons!
- Stop singing mid-way through the nursery rhyme and wait for your child to request more. A child who has not yet developed speech may request more by making eye contact with you, smiling or even by moving a body part! Remember to interpret all forms of communication as your child’s request for more.
- Play a CD of nursery rhymes in the car and keep your little ones occupied on those long journeys.
- Make dancing and singing part of your daily routine.
- Make up some actions to go with the nursery rhymes and keep them the same each time. Your toddler will soon begin to copy you.