Amazing, New- You Are My Sunshine ages 1+

Amazing, New- You Are My Sunshine ages 1+

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. 

You make me happy, when skies are grey.

You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. 

Please don’t take, my sunshine away. 

You Are My Sunshine, and singing with your child:

The first five years of a child’s life are critical for speech and language development –the brain is best able to absorb language during this period. That’s why it’s important to talk, listen, read, sing, and play games with young children, every day!

You Are My Sunshine Lyrics-Reading to your child is important at every age.

Children who are read to enter kindergarten with 20,000 words in their vocabulary, compared to 3,000 words for children who are not read to. While reading with your child, it’s not what you read that counts, it’s how! Make the story come alive by changing your voice or using sound effects and motions. Point out pictures that match your words. Ask questions!

Importance of reading and singing at any age: Newborn-3 years

Newborn to 12 months old-Newborns quickly begin to recognize important sounds in their environment, such as their parents’ voices. 1-2 years old-Daily experiences at this age will determine how your child’s brain cells will form and connect to one another. Simple activities like singing your child’s favorite song – and encouraging them to sing along with you – build vocabulary and communication skills. The more sound they hear, the more they will appreciate language. 2-3 years old-Toddlers are learning to explore the world at this stage. Ask your child questions and encourage them to talk about their observations. Conversations like these help children pay attention to what they see and use their memory.

Importance of reading and singing at any age: Preschool and kindergarten

3-4 years old-At this stage, kids begin to form reason and start building a concept of how and why things work. Listen to their reasoning, and explain why things are the way they are. Whenever possible, be silly together. Dance to your favorite song. Shake a leg, wiggle your hips and follow each other’s dance steps. 4-5 years old-Begin to mentally challenge your child at this stage. Ask questions throughout the day, and let your child form their own answers. Questions will help them exercise their working memory. By the age of five, your child’s brain will have grown to 90 percent of its adult size! Keep up with their development by incorporating age appropriate activities that are not only fun, but also educational.

Always make learning fun! Have an Awesome day!