Wednesday, February 23
When dogs wake up in the morning
When dogs wake up in the morning they always say "Good Day".
Ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff - That is what they say.
In my house, "ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff" really means "where's my breakfast?"
That aside, one of the big benefits of encouraging your child to sing along to animal sound songs is an increase of vocalization. Many children who are delayed in speech happily try animal sounds as a starting point. But beyond the remedial aspect, animal sound imitation is an excellent opportunity to explore the many ways of using the voice in expressive and unique ways.
As children move past the toddler stage into the preschool years, children LOVE being challenged with the silliness of mixing up animal sounds. For example, you could sing "when dogs wake up in the morning they always say 'Good Day'....meow, meow, meow, meow." You can be sure they will catch your mistake and be the eager teacher.
Of course, dogs say more than "ruff". You may want to do an investigation and find out how to say animal sounds in other languages. Did you know that in French dogs say "ouah", or that in German dogs say "wau, wau" or Italian dogs say "arf, arf"?
How about getting out 3 or 4 stuffed animals today and having a United Nations bark-a-long, encouraging dogs from around the world to come to the home grown choir? Not into dogs? Find out what a cat says in Spanish.
I'll start you out by sending you to senselist.com.