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Come sing a song with me!

by Babs Hadjusiewicz February 13, 2014

“Today song! Today song!”

That’s what you’ll be hearing each morning once you begin singing this easy song with your infant, toddler, preschooler or primary-age child. And you’ll be happily primed to respond with today’s song:


                 Today’s Song

Say: Today is (day of week) all day long.

        Today let’s sing our (day of week) song!

Sing to tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”:

     (day of week),

     (day of week),

     That’s today!

     We’ll work on (day of week), (playact a kind of work)

     And we’ll play! (playact a kind of play)

     Yesterday is gone, (turn hand and wave bye-bye over shoulder)

     It’s done!

     Yesterday we had some fun.

     Tomorrow’s (day of week) all day long. (point forward)

     But now we’re singing (day of week) song! (emphasize now by pointing downward or            stepping in place)

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Yes, the same song and tune every day. You’ll merely change a few words to match the calendar. How’s that for an easy way to add a bunch of vocabulary and knowledge to your child’s repertoire! But that’s not all . . .

Here are more reasons to sing Today’s Song to greet each new day with its own song:

 

  • Singing is a fun way to interact and bond with your child
  • Beginning each day with a familiar routine helps your child and you anticipate the day with eagerness and hope.
  • This song can be a lullaby or an action play with motions, such as those suggested or your own. Read on for more ways to enjoy action play.
  • Hearing the days of the week encourages your child to say them. The words infants hear are words they will say when they begin to talk.
  • Hearing and saying the words yesterday, today, and tomorrow give your young child a headstart. These time concepts present unique challenges, since their corresponding calendar names only work until your child goes to sleep at night. It’s no wonder a child will tend to mix them up––“We’re going to the zoo yesterday!” or “Tomorrow I ate jelly on my toast.”––until around age 7 or 8.
  • Learning the names of days along with their relative time concepts provides your child useful practice and memory tips.
  • To help your 1+ begin to associate print as talk that you can write, use chalk or markers to write today’s day-of-the-week word as you say:

                                            Today is (day of week) all day long.

                                            Today let’s sing our (day of week) song!

 

And now you are ready with a song in your head when your child says (or will soon say), “Come sing a song with me!”








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