Thursday, May 27, 2010

SING TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT: Using Lullubies to Promote Language Skills

All babies are born with the desire to communicate. And as parents we are eagerly awaiting the day our newborn says “Mommy, I love you!”

Let’s face it; this sentence will take a while! In the meantime, parents can do a lot to encourage verbal development. Studies have shown that talking, reading and singing have a profound effect on stimulating verbal skills. As a mother of two, I agree whole heartedly. These are all great ways of interacting with your child.

I have to say, I was never much of a singer until I became a Mom. And for the life of me, I couldn’t remember one single lullaby except for Twinkle, Twinkle. However, after purchasing a CD, singing lullabies became a big part of our daily routine and I think they helped tremendously! Lullabies almost always manage to capture their attention. They rhyme and they are simply just plain fun to hear. It also soothes them and can work as a great distraction during a stressful moment. The more you sing, the more your child will want to sing along with you, consequently, using words they may not normally use during typical daily conversation.

Here are some lyrics to favorite lullabies in our house for all the new parents out there who, like me, may be short of memory:

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines, Sonnez les matines
Ding ding dong, Ding ding dong

English version:
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John? Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, Morning bells are ringing
Ding ding dong, Ding ding dong

Lullaby and good night, with roses bedight
With lilies o’er spread is baby’s wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may they slumber be blessed

Lullaby and good night, thy mother’s delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast

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