“Shake, Shake, Shake”

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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.  100_0766 100_0755

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