It's no secret that children, heck even toddlers, are inherently tech savvy and obsessed with iPads. I think my preschoolers know how to work an iPad better than I do... and I'm a millennial!
Let's use this natural curiosity for good! Pull out your iPad to teach language! With a few strategies up your sleeve, it's a piece of cake 🙂
Tip #1 YOU control the iPad. YOU can offer your child choices from YOUR pre-selected options.
Tip #2 Pause the video and use the reward of continuing the video to get your child talking.
I've used these songs in the classroom and with my niece and guarantee that your child will love them! Here are the songs and the language targets the are perfect for.
For research for how music effectively teaches language, check out this post. And to learn more about strategies to teach language skills, see our series on Listening & Spoken Language.
Also, I love these songs because they are engaging for a variety of children. Children who are nonverbal can do the actions and children who are talking can sing along.
"One Little Finger" by Super Simple Songs
"Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream" by Super Simple Songs
- Vocabulary: Teach body parts like head, nose, chin and arm.
- Basic Concepts: Up & Down
- Preposition: "On your _____"
- Quantifiers: 1
"Five Little Speckled Frogs" by Kids Baby Club
- Vocabulary: Food items like bananas, broccoli, ice cream, and popcorn.
- Asking & Answering Yes/No Questions
- Pronouns: You & I
- Prepositions: "On" vs "In"
- Quantifiers: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
- Noun Modifiers: number, size, adjectives
To get the most out of these songs, periodically pause the videos to ask questions and have your child say the upcoming lines of the song. Like in "Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream?" pause the video right before the response "Yes, I do" and help your child to say "Yes, I do" and then continue the video. My kiddos get really excited when I pause this video and ask "What do you say?" to prompt their joyous and adorable response "Yes, I do!"
Have fun and enjoy interacting with your child and developing their language! What are some YouTube songs your child loves?
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