As a child I loved to sing or say rhyming poems, especially with actions. When I was in kindergarten, I recall being one of the three little kittens acting out the nursery rhyme, “The Three Little Kittens”. I still remember many of the songs or rhymes I learned when I was very young.

Multi sensory activities are valuable for your children. Rather than just having your child sing along or play along with a video, personally get involved with your children: singing songs, reciting poems, or rhythmically sharing rhymes with actions. Enjoy this sweet time of laughter and closeness. Your child will remember your presence.

When I taught Sunday School, the children loved singing: “This Little Light of Mine”, “Father Abraham Had Many Sons”, “I’ve Got the Joy Down in My Heart”, “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory”, and “Deep and Wide”. (If you aren’t familiar with the words of these songs, they can be found on-line.)

It’s amazing how much truth can be taught through the joyful sharing of songs.

I hope you will comment about some of your favorite children’s rhymes and songs. Let’s encourage each other to invest in quality experiences with our children and grandchildren.

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