Select either songs for language or songs for action.

Songs for Language Songs for Action

These songs are designed to help children learn, understand and use language

  • The same tune is always associated with the same words
  • This consistency may aid the development of children’s receptive language (understanding what they hear)
  • And it means that the songs can be used to help children express themselves through words, by scaffolding their language (providing a framework for speech) or by substituting for it (the tune or even just the rhythm may be used instead of words)
  • Start with one or two of the ʻkey words and phrasesʼ
  • Introduce them in real life situations, and use them naturally to enhance your speech
  • After a while, encourage your child to use them too, for example, by modelling the interaction with another adult
  • Then try songs from the other groups
  • Make up songs yourself that have particular relevance to your child, and use them consistently

These songs are meant to support your childʼs wider development

  • Music can provide a framework for movement, both through rhythm, and through the ups and downs of the melody
  • Music has certain concepts associated with it, like ʻloudʼ and ʻquietʼ, and ʻfastʼ and ʻslowʼ, and the second group of songs uses these to promote learning
  • Music can help to structure learning about other things too, providing consistency and a sense of fun!
  • Music is, above all, a social activity, and the fourth set of songs is designed to build and strengthen relationships between adults and other children, by offering a secure and predictable space within which interactions can take place

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