NOTE: This is a previously published article. This blog post features added tips and suggestions, as featured in media interviews that I recently participated in! Added suggestions and tips are in color.
As a wife, mother of two young children and a business owner, I am all too familiar with just how busy each day can get! There are a million things to check off of the daily ‘To-Do’ list and not a million hours in which to do it all. But, like any parent, my children are always at the very top of my priority list, and this means that I am purposeful about finding creative ways to fit them into my hectic schedule. And since I just happen to also be a speech-language pathologist, this often takes the form of games and activities that are designed to build language and communication skills (in super fun ways!).
Mornings at my house are typically fast-paced and very routine. It’s very easy to get caught-up in the automaticity of it all in the effort to make sure that everyone gets out the door on-time. But morning routines are also a great way to get in regularly scheduled language-building practice. If you’re anything like me (and I’m betting you are), then preparing your children to achieve their very best is your ultimate goal as a parent. Growing their language and communication skills is the greatest way to set them on the road to success and this list of five quick and easy ways to use your morning routine to build these skills will help you navigate the way!
Sing Songs (or make them up!)
Songs are a great tool to help grow vocabulary and to teach basic concepts. Pair a song with a routine morning activity and feel free to get silly with it!
Try: Sing a ‘brushing teeth’ song during this part of your morning routine (e.g., “This is the way we brush our teeth, so early in the morning.”).
Tips & Tricks: Add words/lines to the song to teach specific vocabulary (e.g., “This is the way we brush our tongue”) and basic concepts (e.g., “This is the way we brush up top/on bottom”).
Morning Song Suggestions (and links to suggested sites to hear these songs):
"This is the Way We Brush Our Teeth" (can also be used with any morning activity, such as combing hair, getting dressed, etc.) --> Sample Song
"Good Morning" --> Sample Song
"Open, Shut Them" --> Sample Song
"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" --> Sample Song
"Alice The Camel" --> Sample Song
"Five Little Ducks" --> Sample Song
"B-I-N-G-O" --> Sample Song
"The Itsy Bitsy Spider" --> Sample Song