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Erin Swilling- Parents as Teachers Parent Educator- Cheyenne

Erin Swilling- Parents as Teachers Parent Educator- Cheyenne

Children need a variety of experiences with language, books, and print during the preschool years in order to enter school “ready to read” Young preschoolers respond to music using all domains of development, so it is likely that many areas of the brain are stimulated by exposure to music. The more kids use their body the more opportunities they have to learn and grow!

To introduce music and movement and provide opportunities to kids in early childhood try the following fingerplays and sings alongs:

– 5 Little Monkeys swinging in a Tree

– Baby Bumblebee

– The Farmer In the Dell

– Five Little Ducks

– Head and Shoulders

– The Hokey Pokey

– This Little Piggy Went to the Market

– Ring Around the Rosie

– Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar

– Mary Had a Little Lamb

Traditional nursery rhymes and songs, because of their repetitive patterns, are among the best tools for organizing young brains around language. Language helps the brain develop it’s ability to act as the control center for thinking, learning, and planning.

Top children’s books I would recommend include:

– Llama Llama Red Pajama

– Corduroy

– Good Night Moon

– Dr Seuss Books

– Alexander and The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

– Stellaluna

– If you give a mouse a cookie

– Are You My Mother

– Curious George

– Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

– The Little Red Hen

– Each Peach Pear Plum

– Mercer Mayer Books

Reading is essentially a language skill! When you share a book or other reading material with your child, you help them with language, social-emotional, and intellectual development.

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Comments on: "Is Your Preschooler Ready to Read, Learn, and Grow?" (3)

  1. Blanca Moye said:

    Erin
    very nice tips, thank you

  2. Tammy Wilson said:

    So much can be taught to preschool age children threw song. Everything from language, and reading to math and science. Enjoyed your blog

  3. Jennifer said:

    Those books are really good. I haven’t seen Each Peach Pear Plum, though, and will look for it next time I go to the library with my children. The songs bring back a lot of memories for me from kindergarten.

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