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Early Literacy Tips: Do-Re-Mi Sing to Me

Caregivers, did you know simply singing with your children helps with their language acquisition?  When you sing, each syllable of a word gets a beat which slows down language and allows children to hear the smaller parts of words.  In research terms, this skill is called phonological awareness, hearing the components that build words.

In addition to language growth, singing during daily routines like diaper changes can calm an upset child.   At the library we sing "clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere, clean up, clean up, everybody do your share..." and like magic, the preschoolers start picking up toys.

So feel free to release your inner rock star/musician and sing with your young children.  For added fun, check out a ukulele from the Olathe Library to accompany your family's musical time.  Enjoy!

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