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Raise Your Play IQ – 10 ways babies learn when we sing with them!

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DCMBonding – When you sing to your baby, she/he bonds with you and your voice. Singing makes yours the first and most important voice in your child’s life.
Transitions – Babies feel safe when life is predictable. A song for waking up, sleeping, and other routine activities helps them know what comes next.
Language – Language is in itself musical. When you sing and speak, your baby learns about words and communication.
New Words – While you sing and hold your baby, you introduce new vocabulary.
Rhythm and rhyme – Music includes rhythm and rhyme. In time, babies begin to recognize familiar rhymes and rhythms.
Play – Singing is one of many methods of play. It is a fun way to interact with babies.
Family Fun – Singing is a great way to involve the whole family. Singing and playing builds a bond between siblings.
Singing Names – A baby can learn his/her name by hearing it in songs. Try substituting your baby’s name for other words in songs so that he/she hears their name sung over and over again.
Listening Skills – Singing is an activity that requires listening. Singing is an opportunity for your baby to begin to understand language and feelings.
LOVE – All of this boils down to using your singing voice as a way to express love. Babies don’t care if you are a great singer. They only care that you are singing to THEM! In their eyes (and their ears), you’re a star!

Excerpts of this article taken from NAEYC for Families (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

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Mollie H.M. Willis
Mollie H.M. Willishttp://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org
Raise Your Play IQ™ is written by Mollie H.M. Willis, M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, an early learning consultant to Dupage Children's Museum. Ms. Willis has more than ten years of experience in early learning including preschool administration and teaching. She can be reached through the museum at admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

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