Singing time provides an opportunity to introduce turn taking and encourage language development. A ‘welcome’ song is useful to signal the beginning of your playgroup session. Simple songs and nursery rhymes can be used for introducing language. Songs with actions help children connect words to an action. This is useful for children who do not have verbal language.
- Song lyrics
- Musical instruments
1. Sit or stand in a circle and start singing.
2. Parents can encourage their child to physically engage in the actions.
3. Use visual props with your songs to support understanding, maintaining attention and encouraging involvement. Examples of these visual cues include puppets, pictures of characters and felt boards.
4. Encourage the children to move! This can be a great way to involve children who struggle settling during a music session.
Extension of the activity
- Hello Song
- Humpty Dumpty
- Incy Wincy Spider
- Pat a Cake
- Five Little Ducks
- The Wheels on the Bus
- Make instruments to use
Language Structure / Keywords
Encourage the use of words like faster and slower. Vocabulary related to songs in other languages (as families may teach a nursery song in their ‘home’ language).