Slow, slower and repeat
The importance of talking, singing, playing and reading in the early years is something you hear a lot about! It’s these simple, yet oh-so-important things we do each day that help growing brains get what they need.
But did you know that slowing right down and repeating can be just as important as how much you do it?
In our fast paced lives, children need us to slow down. When you sing a nursery rhyme more slowly, especially for the first time, your child is taking in all the sounds and is bit by bit making sense of them. They’re taking this in from lots of cues including the sounds you make, your expressions and facial movements, and the actions that go with it. It’s easier and quicker for them to learn when you slow right down and sing it again and again.
When we repeat songs and rhymes, it allows children to become familiar with the pattern and words so they can start to join in by predicting what might happen next.
Try it for yourself. Sing a familiar song like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Sing the words and do the actions for “Twinkle Twinkle little” ……but then pause/STOP before the word star.
Does your child have a go at the word, make an action or just move their body to indicate they know what’s next.
Little steps are all important in the road to learning language. Before you know it, your child will be leading the song.
Repeating stories over and over again is another fantastic way to get young children involved. It’s likely that you will get bored first, but the more familiar your child is with the story, the louder they get and the more likely they are to join in creating lots of opportunities for learning.