What to do with this activity?
Sing or say nursery rhymes with your child.
Sit your child on your lap facing you and say or sing the nursery rhymes.
Action rhymes where you add movement to your words and get your child to join in are great. You will find "Row, Row, Row your boat " on this website under 0-2 Talk and "I'm a little teapot" under 0-2 Play. Praise your child when they say the words.
Here are the words of two traditional nursery rhymes:
Hey diddle diddle
"Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
To see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon."
Hickery dickery dock
"Hickery, dickery, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one.
The mouse ran down.
Hickery, dickery, dock."
If you have are looking at this website from a smart phone, you can download a free app from the Play Store or itunes on your phone. There are 2 links for the app below. One is for a smart phone (not Apple) and the other is for an iPhone. The app has the nursery rhymes like "Hot cross buns" and "Down at the bus stop".
Download the app for an iPhone here.
Download the app for an android phone here.
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
Remember a good storybook is one that you the reader and your child find interesting. It might be funny or entertaining. Ask yourself whether your child would enjoy it and be able to listen to it. Are the pictures well drawn? Is it well written? Do you like it? You may be the one reading it, over and over, and over!
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