Try these two little songs to increase learning in those moments where you need a fill-in activity, are traveling in the car, or need to get your infant to lie still while you change her diaper.
I started singing the first personalized song with my children when they were infants, and they have been able to spell their own names since before turning 3 years old. It can be hard to change the diaper of a wiggling baby, and these songs not only teach your child basic concepts, they also help you take care of the necessary work of being a mom!
Personalized Songs that Teach
Personalized Name Spelling Song
When my son was an infant, I started singing his name to him. I spelled his name out while singing to the tune “Bingo”. Try it with your child. My version went a little something like this:
There was a boy whose name was Everett and this is how you spell his name-o:
E-V-E-R-E-T-T (x3)And that’s how you spell Everett.
Obviously, with a long name, you will have to adjust the song to fit, but it is a great way to help your child begin to learn the letters in his name and how to spell it. You will find after a time that he will be singing it too.
This can become a mnemonic device (memory tool) for kids when they begin trying to write out their name. I would sing and point to the letters of my children’s names that we had hanging on the wall in their rooms. Print awareness can begin from birth.
Number Order Song
Sing the numbers to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for a personalized song that teachers number order in a simple way. You will be able to keep singing and counting until you want to stop because the tune keeps going. This song grows with your child’s development and interests.
Point to numbers written on paper when you sing it too when your child is a toddler or preschool age, and your child will learn the connection between the number symbols and the number names.
These are two personalized songs that teach are too easy not to try! Both are great for infants on up to school-age children. My kids still enjoy singing their own name songs to spell their name and they really like teaching their younger siblings how to sing their names too. Even by less than 2 years old, your child will begin trying to say the letter names! It’s so fun how simple learning can be with kids.
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