Children love music and movement.  Use the ideas below to help children learn songs and actions quickly.

Song Teaching Tips 

  • The goal is for the songs to be memorable, repetitive, relevant, contain movement, and fun

  • Help the child understand what he/she is singing about

  • Be sure that the child uses his or her pretty voice to sing - yelling is not singing

  • Make repetitive singing interesting by sing  using different voices (high, low, big, small, etc) or talk in big and little voice, faster and slower, softer and louder, add instruments

  • Stop in the middle of songs to repeat a hard line or action, talk about the meaning, or for whatever reason necessary to help the child learn it

  • Take the songs very slowly at first and wait for the child to do the action before moving on

  • Stop on rhyming words and have the child individually fill in the word

  • Count the number of times a word is in a song

  • Sing throughout the day - just because the child is not singing out loud with you does not mean they are not singing in their head

Adding Movements to Songs

  • Make actions simple.  The younger the child, the less the motions.  

  • Take the nursery rhymes, finger plays, and songs very slowly at first and wait for the child to do the action before moving on

  • Sometimes it works best to introduce the motions while saying the words

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