Kids 3 to 5 years: Singing

Songs are a natural way to learn about language. Singing slows down language so your child can hear different parts of words and notice how they are alike and different.

Activities

  • Use the alphabet.
    • Children love to sing the alphabet song. It’s one of the easiest ways to help them learn the alphabet so sing it often. TIP: If your child says “elemeno” (L-M-N-O) as one word, help you child slow down and say the individual letters.
    • Teach your child the “Name Song.”.
      There is a child that I know best
      And Noah is his name oh,
      N-O-A-H, N-O-A-H, N-O-A-H
      And Noah is his name oh.
  • Clap and use rhythms.
    • Clap while you sing songs. Clapping along to rhythms helps your child hear the syllables in words. It also helps them improve their motor skills.
    • Sing songs with rhyming words, silly words, and long stretched out words.
    • Sing songs fast, slow, and over and over. Singing helps children remember things for a longer time.
  • Change the words to familiar tunes like “Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush.”

    This is the way we wash our mittens,
    Wash our mittens, wash our mittens,
    This is the way we wash our mittens,
    Early in the morning.
    .
    This is the way we eat our pie,
    Eat our pie, eat our pie,
    This is the way we eat our pie,
    Early in the evening.
    .
    This is the way we say yum-yum,
    Say yum-yum, say yum-yum,
    This is the way we sat yum-yum,
    Every day at dinner.