Research has found that providing children from birth to five with consistent, language-rich experiences—such as talking, reading, and singing—can have important benefits on their brain development and future school success.
The resource, It’s Never Too Early to Help Your Child Learn–Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! from the U.S. Department of Education has information about young children’s developmental milestones and how you can help your child’s language. The resource is available in English and Spanish. There are also research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth, available in English and Spanish.
Using fingerplays and songs in early childhood is a great way to help young children learn language, gain large and small motor skills, and work on memory and social skills. Fingerplays are very brief stories—often with rhymes—that use finger movements to help tell the story. Fingerplays introduce rhyming to young children. They provide fun opportunities to listen and speak. They also encourage children to match words with physical actions. You may remember finger plays like The Itsy-Bitsy Spider or Wheels on the Bus.
This video shares some common fingerplays you can do with your child.
Want more fingerplay ideas? Check out these ideas from The Center for Early Learning Literacy!