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Singing!

Singing songs gives children lots of practice hearing and saying rhyming words and breaking words into smaller pieces. Hearing all the sounds in a word makes it easier to sound out new words when they are reading.

Action Songs

Action songs like the one on the Spark Card provide a fun way for children to learn new words.

More: Try changing the words of another familiar song. Sing the Hokey Pokey and wave your hands, bend your elbows, wiggle your fingers...

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Chanting

Chanting games, like the one on the Spark Card build sequencing and memory skills.

More: Read cumulative books for more practice with sequence.

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Dancing

Dancing

Dancing and singing can introduce children to new words. Move like the dancers on the Spark Card and talk about what they are doing.

More: Tired of traditional kids' songs? Dance with your kids to classical music with Dance Along, to world music on Dance the World Around or to Motown classics on Motown Dances

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Lullabies

Singing lullabies is a meaningful way to enrich your child’s language experience. Snuggle your child and sing the song on the Spark Card.

More: Find a list of great great lullaby CDs

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Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes help children recognize that a story has a beginning, middle and end. Read the rhyme on the Spark Card and discuss what happens in the rhyme.

More: Read Fly into Reading with Mother Goose for more great ideas about using nursery rhymes.

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