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Sing Christmas songs with your child. It doesn't matter that they don't really know what's going on, they will know that it's a special time.
If you don't know the Christmas songs well, listen to some children sing "Santa Claus is coming to town" on this youtube video.
And get to know "Jingle Bells" with this animated video from Super Simple Songs.
If you would like the words for these two songs, click on "Download the PDF link for this activity" on the top right of this page.
Sharing stories play an important role in a child’s development. They not only help children learn language and reading skills but they also have an emotional quality which can help children make sense of their feelings. Reading to babies and young children, and giving them time to respond, will help make the most of this opportunity. Recognising shapes will help your child to learn to read later on.
The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – five minutes can be enough. Just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know.
Remember, you’re not teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development.
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