BiBs as an Early Literacy Education Tool
What are we trying to teach the babies at BiBs?
Babies begin learning new words and sounds, even in the womb. The more words they hear now, the larger their vocabulary will be! A large vocabulary makes learning to read easier.
Songs and rhymes encourage the movement of arms, wrists, and of course fingers! Practice controlling these muscles gets your baby ready to hold a crayon and draw, or hold a pencil and write.
Body and Concept Awareness:
Lots of rhymes and songs include labelling parts of the body, counting, spatial positions, or naming everyday objects and family relationships.
Many songs and rhymes follow a repeated sequence of words and rhythm. As your baby listens for the pattern, they are developing an early literacy skill that will help them to follow the structure of books.
Preparation for enjoying music and playing a musical instrument:
We want babies to associate music with fun and parental love. The rhythm of words and syllables in songs and rhymes mimics the strong and weak beats found in music.
Children love to hear the sound of your voice, and after several repetitions of the same rhyme, will begin to follow along with the motions or even the words (if they’re already speaking).