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Sing songs with actions and gestures to help toddlers expand their vocabularies and practice concepts.
Listen to different kinds of music with babies. Sing and dance with babies or plan group sing-alongs to get them moving, learning, and having fun.
Move a baby’s arms up and down and back and forth or count his fingers and toes as you use songs, chants, and nursery rhymes to introduce patterns and counting games.
Try a song or a rhyme as you bounce your baby on your knee or hold her in your arms.
Use your baby’s fascination with fingers and toes to have fun counting.
Dance together to all different kinds of music.
Recite the rhyme “Oh, So Yummy.” Have children suggest foods to replace “Carrots, carrots” to make a new rhyme.
Teach children the song “I Am a Fine Musician.” Reinforce the directionality of print by using a written chart of the lyrics.
Have children generate rhyme words as they dictate or write to complete the poem “It’s a Whatchamacallit.”
Reread the poem “Night Music,” and together then compose a new group poem based on city sounds.
Help children find word cards that begin with the letter "p" to complete a group poem.
Discuss how an author uses words in a poem to “paint” pictures in our minds.
Help children create a new version of the "Ryan Reads" poem by inserting new "r" words.
Write a group poem about different tones of skin color.
Read the poem “The River.” Have children draw a picture of how they imagined the river flowed down the mountain.
Help children write or dictate a poem about water using the template provided.
Invite children to dictate, write, and draw their own rhymes about wheels.
Children write a group poem about objects that have wheels.
Place letter cards around the room and send children on a letter hunt.
Have children predict which objects make the loudest sounds. Facilitate children’s explorations.