This Theme is appropriate for babies, 0-2’s and for very young children, 3-5’s. It teaches how to speak to babies so that they begin to understand vocabulary. A child who is an older brother or sister can use this Theme during play with a baby sister or brother.
My two-year-old classes would pretend to hold their baby in their arms and to rock it as we sang “Precious Baby Girl and Boy”. We would lower our voices and just whisper the last verse before we tucked our baby in the bed and said “Goodnight, baby”.
The rhythm of the action words in the Chant as you introduce the names of parts of the body, (toes, eyes, etc.) creates deep memory. Since all children are precious, it is valuable to be reminded of this. It gives a child a deep feeling of security to be held and told “You are mine”, as in the Chant and the Fingerplay. When I asked the children to choose a song, “Precious Baby Girl and Boy” was a favorite request in my classes for two-year-olds. It is very comforting to rock and sing, both for the parent and the child.
2013 Kathryn Hardage www.MyMusicalMind.com “I have a musical mind, musical indeed.” –Kacky Muse
This Chant is so much fun. It is a darling way to play with your baby and add vocabulary. It starts: “I shake it on your feet. I shake it on your tummy. I shake it on your nose. Shake, Shake, Shake.”
Hold a maraca, a percussion shaker, or a home-made shaker in your hand and shake it to keep a beat. You can touch your baby on her feet, tummy, nose every time you say the word for feet, tummy, nose to show her what that word means. Since you are keeping a beat, the rhythm and meaning of the language will be established more deeply.
When your baby gets a little older, you may hand him a shaker or maraca, too.
By listening to the Chant over and over again, your baby will be able to say it with you in time. Later on, by following the words as you read the Chant together, your child will begin to see the words for all the parts of the body and will begin to read them with you.
“I have a musical mind,musical indeed.” –Kacky Muse
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage
“My Baby” gives the parents words to describe the wonder and beauty and intimacy of their new baby.
It is fun to play with your baby. The words we share help the baby learn about his/her life. Describing our actions helps develop vocabulary.
As you share this Theme, you will see how your baby responds and you will be able to add your own nonsense words and movements.
As your baby grows, you will see anticipation in her eyes and hear words begin to form in the sounds he imitates with you.
It is so wonderful to have you here to make music with me today.
Please choose a category to share music with your child.
You Are Your Baby’s First Music – for 0-2 year olds
Chants, Songs, Fingerplays, Wiggle Songs, Percussion Level 1, Percussion Level 2 – for 3-5 year olds.
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Xylophone begins after Percussion Level 1.
Music Stories employ Music Reading Readiness symbols as you read the story.
Just Rhythm applies to all musical instruments beginning with Percussion Level 1.
“For Parents” gives you Musical Parenting Tips.
Teacher Training introduces each module and how to teach it.
Music and Book Fair – Bring the Music and Book Fair to your pre-school or organization.
Newsletters share each new Music Book.
Thank you so much for making music with me today. You are a wonderful musician.
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage
“I have a musical mind, musical indeed.”–Kacky Muse firstname.lastname@example.org www.MusicandBooksforChildren.com