Move it!

Music and movement go hand in hand with child development.  This Valentine’s Day, sing a song to your sweetheart and dance a little dance.

Lullabies – Singing a song to your sleepy newborn helps to develop a positive bond that soothes and comforts.  As this song becomes familiar it can come in handy when your child is upset or scared.

Finger plays – Songs that incorporate simple words and repetition support language development.  Wheels on the bus, Old McDonald, 5 Little Monkeys, all provide opportunities for children to anticipate or choose what comes next.  When singing these songs, pause at the end of the verse to allow your child to finish the rhyme.
“Old McDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-………..o!
“And on that farm he had a……..”
“The wheels on the bus go round and round all through the…….”
When your child responds by vocalizing, whether clearly stating “Cow!” or just “Ga”, take it!  Accept any attempt at communication to instill confidence in your child.

Movement Songs – Let’s dance!  Fast or slow, your child can follow directions to get their bodies moving and practice body awareness.  Songs can provide directions or simply spark freestyle based on the genre and style such as Latin, Bluegrass, Classical, or New-Age.
Try incorporating these into your daily morning routine to wake up the body:
“Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”
“Row, row, row, your boat”
“Cha Cha Slide”
“Hokey Pokey”

Now, get up, get moving, and go play!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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