Singing is one of the five practices parents and caregivers can do with their babies and young children to help enhance the early literacy skills. It is a great way to incorporate new vocabulary, rhythm, rhyme, play, bonding, and love.
In this article from NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children), the authors explain why singing to babies helps them learn. I will highlight just a few of the bullet points from the article in this post today.
- Bonding: one of the most important things you can do with your baby is to bond with him/her. Singing helps because they hear your voice. Your voice is one of the first they will hear!
- New words: Vocabulary is important in the development of a child because as he/she hears new words, they become more familiar with them. And when they see these words in print, it will be easier for them to recognize the words making reading just that much easier. Songs introduce new vocabulary often through play. When you sing about an animal, hold up a stuffed animal or picture to help your baby associate the meaning of the word. Point to the tummy or the eyes when you sing about those features.
- Love! Remember your baby loves your voice. He/She doesn’t know that you are not an American Idol or Grammy-winning artist. Just sing to your baby!