Sing –When we sing to our babies, toddlers and preschoolers we are presenting language in a way that is pleasing to their young brains. Songs naturally repeat familiar words and phrases in the chorus and incorporate natural gestures (clap your hands, stomp your feet, shout hooray) which in turn provide opportunities for imitation and initiation. It is easy to flip on the radio or turn on an iPod but some of the best songs for learning language and developing imitation skills are the classics - especially when mom, dad, grandma, siblings join in and share the fun. Take time daily to sing and move together. Ttry “Ring around the Rosie”, “Hokey Pokey”, “If You’re Happy and you Know it”, “Old Mac Donald had a Farm”, “The Wheels on the Bus”. If you are at a loss for words or melody, search Youtube with the title of an old favourite and/or Google the lyrics to refresh your memory.


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