Singing popular Christmas songs with our under fives offers a great way to build communication. We always sing them with GUSTO, whether it's jingle bells or Frosty the Snowman the simple tunes and repetitive words that we have on repeat over Christmas offers parents a unique way to help new communicators perfect new sounds and words.
Get your Christmas CD's or playlists out early, and be prepared to keep it around in the new year.
It always amazes me how we spend a few weeks in December teaching little ones Christmas songs and then ignore them all year! At Joxytales we do our Jingle Bells dance every week because a special little boy always asks for it at our weekly PJ party. And at one tiger feet session we do Dominic the Donkey virtually every week as well.
Homework for those who love Christmas: teach your toddlers jingle bells, use a simple version and play it in the car, at home and wherever you go.
For confident communicators teach the words for our new communicators emphasise the "hahaha"'s and "hey's".