Friday, February 19, 2010

Read? My child won't even SIT!

Your child’s attention span is only about a minute for every year he/she is old. For a two year old, that’s only two minutes. We make use of this active age in storytime by incorporating rhymes that involve moving body parts. Ultimately, even if they are moving around while you are reading or rhyming they are still listening. Try to find small bits of time throughout the day to read, rather than making reading a lengthy event.

Instead of singing the familiar words to The Wheels on the Bus, incorporate animal sounds or sounds you hear in your daily life.

The cow in the barn goes moo, moo, moo
Moo, moo, moo. Moo, moo, moo.

The cow in the barn goes moo, moo, moo
All around the farm.

OR while bathing:

The water in the tub goes glub, glub, glub
Glub, glub, glub. Glub, glub, glub.
The water in the tub goes glub, glub, glub
All around the room.

OR while driving:

The cars on the street go vroom, vroom, vroom
Vroom, vroom, vroom. Vroom, vroom, vroom.
The cars on the street go vroom, vroom, vroom
All through the town.

1 comment:

  1. We use this one a lot at the grocery store (starting with the wheels on the cart and then substituting the name of the next item we need to find -- the apples in my mouth go crunch, crunch, crunch, and so on). It makes grocery shopping a much less stressful experience!

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