Monday 1 April 2013

Syllables are sensational! The rhythm of life!

Sweet Charity (Soundtrack from the Musical), New Broadway Cast

I was recalling the words from a wonderful song from the musical Sweet Charity called "The Rhythm of Life"
It is an up tempo song with a catchy quote from the chorus:

"And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat,
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet,
Rhythm in your bedroom,
Rhythm in the street, 
Yes, The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat"

Syllables mean the same to me :)

Words have beats and patterns and children especially love to hear spoken and sung words with rhythm and beats.
Even when they recite the alphabet, they sing it as a song or say the whole alphabet with a set pattern.
Sesame Street has cute versions of the alphabet.  Here is one with Elmo :)

Showing your children how language and words work by 'beating out' the syllables is so important.  Let the wannabe drummer in you loose and go crazy banging and hitting your pots and pans to beat out words.  If you don't have equipment use your body by tapping, clapping, stomping, jumping, clicking .  Start with your family names.  They are always fun to do and kids relate to people's and pet's names.

Syllables ROCK!!

A cute baby girl drumming on pots and pans with a wooden spoon.  Spoon with some motion blur. - stock photo

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