Singing to your child and reading nursery rhymes is an effective way to support early language development.
Children can often find it easier to pay attention to music and songs, so it is a great way to support their listening skills as well as develop their vocabulary.
Songs also involve lots of repetition of words and phrases which helps children build a memory for different sounds.
Nursery rhymes are also great because children get to know the familiar tunes that are often accompanied by hand gestures.
But you don’t just have to stick to recognised songs. You can also ‘sing’ any words or little sentences that you say to your child by using any familiar tune during your daily routines to get the same benefits.
For example, you can sing, ‘wash, wash, wash your face’ to the tune of ‘row, row, row your boat’ at bath time.
Don’t ever worry about how well you can sing, your child won’t mind, they’ll just love hearing the rise and fall of your voice!