Grey Squirrel

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2007, 9:10 am

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You and your child will enjoy this "tail" about a gray squirrel. Sing along!

As you sing this song with your child, incorporate the following hand gestures.

Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Put your hand in front of you and fold them down
Swish your bushy tail.
Shake your behind
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Put your hand in front of you and fold them down
Swish your bushy tail.
Shake your behind
Wrinkle up your funny nose,
Put your finger on your nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Touch your toes
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Put your hand in front of you and fold them down
Swish your busy tail.
Shake your behind

Help your child be ready to read by practicing early literacy skills. Researchers find that the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories helps children to understand what they are reading when they start to read.

You can help by:

  • Talking to them about what you are doing, even as you go about daily tasks
  • Encouraging children to speak
  • Listening to them carefully
  • Using books to help them tell stories
  • Using books to help them talk about their own experiences

Two- and Three-Year Olds: Let your child choose a book. Read through it together. If your child does not want to sit for the whole book, that's all right. Ask a librarian for a book that has a repeated phrase. Let your child repeat the phrase as you read the book. When you read it again, let him tell you some of the story, or talk about the pictures.

Four- and Five-Year Olds: Research shows that your child's ability to tell stories will help him understand what he reads. As you read a book together, you be the listener and let your child tell you the story. It is all right if parts are left out, or if he makes up some parts. It is important for your child to tell you about the book. It can be the story, something he knows, or something he remembers doing.

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