Sing the world
The tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ has many variations. The song has a clear beginning, middle and end, with the beginning and end having the same musical phrase. The notes are within a child’s vocal range and there is a logical progression of sounds. This song makes it easy for a child to anticipate ‘what’s next’ and provides a framework for response. Don’t feel self-conscious about singing – your child can’t discern whether you are Beyonce or Kiri Te Kanawa. Language and development opportunities are the start of learning that occurs from your dolce sound. Play classical music, dance with your child and talk through your actions. Introduce movement to reinforce learning. Move to the tempo; tip toe, stomp your feet and respond to the speed and sounds. All the while, talk to your baby or child about your activity together.