Toddlers can learn through songs
Songs and nursery rhymes are great to help your child anticipate and predict. They connect language to actions which help your child’s understanding of language and in turn, use of language. When singing your child’s favourite song, pause and let them fill in the blank with an action, sound or word. Or wait for your child to request the song to be sung again.
Singing songs that have actions are a great way to encourage gestures. Start with simple songs that only use one or two movements, such as ‘Row, row, row your boat” or “If you’re Happy and You Know It”. Later songs with more actions could include “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Where Is Thumbkin?” and “Incy Wincey Spider”.