Research: U. of Cambridge, neuroscientist Professor Usha Goswami. Dec 6, 2023
"Parents should speak to their babies using sing-song speech, like nursery rhymes, as soon as possible, say researchers. That’s because babies learn languages from rhythmic information, not phonetic information, in their first months."
--- "This baby podcast is simply the best tool to get parents singing and talking to their baby every single day."
- Miss Pam- Greetings from Jamaica!
Here's a seasonal Jamaican song for you:
Holiday a come me wan me lama!
Lama is an old Jamaican term that means "presents" as in gifts.
This song comes from slavery days and was sung at Christmas time when people would dress up as characters and parade on the streets.
They would sing this song as they asked onlookers sometimes for money to get themselves or their family, gifts for the holidays.
RESEARCH ON WHY NURSERY RHYMING AND SINGING IS SO IMPORTANT FROM BIRTH.
As a gift to listeners, here is an episode that free to listen to for the next few days.
❣️All About LOVE: Rhymes, Songs and Books for Toddlers
❣️ Please RATE. SUBSCRIBE. SHARE. ENJOY!
"Love Doesn’t Mean Walking On Eggshells"
“Everything my child does is a different way of asking me, What does love mean?”
“How I handle it in the good and bad times, or when they’re acting up, will define what love means for them for the rest of their life.” — from a letter to Janet Lansbury.
BY: Laurel Porter-Gaylord Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
I love you in ASL included!
*THANK. YOU FOR TUNING INTO ME, AND TO YOUR BABY!
Warmly, Miss Pam
MORE MORE MORE:
Page Turners - Miss Pam's Blog with tips for HOW to engage your child in storytime.
Peanut Butter, Podletter - Newsletter on Substack
The title of this episode was inspired by Heidi Rojas' lullaby: The Feelings Song.
I sing along with her on the episode (on a recording) and she kindly gave me permission to share it! It is a beautiful, comforting melody with lots of repetition and earthy, grounding rhythms, a balm for my insides at this time.
🟡Children’s literature provides a wonderful way into feelings, to stimulate discussion and to include more nuance and complexity as children grow.
Take this opportunity to validate a child’s emotions. It’s important to explain and reassure them that not only are their feelings "okay¨ but that they come and go.
Help build your child's emotional literacy!
Sample of Books I recommend:
"From tiger fierce to snail slow, there are lots of ways to feel and be...playful rhymes & colorful illustrations, this spirited book gives children new tools to understand the range of their emotions and express themselves to family, teachers, friends, and themselves."
"Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it--how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They have lots of suggestions for how to make him feel better. Perfect for young children learning how to deal with confusing feelings." *Recommended for Ages 2-4 years
"This book is filled with wonderful photographs of happy, smiling, inquisitive, trusting, and adorable children-all with varying skin tones, hair colors and textures, and facial features. "Have you noticed that people come in many different shades?" is the opening sentence, accompanied by framed head shots of youngsters. It is followed on the next page by, "Not colors, exactly, but shades." The text is minimal, with approximately 3 to 10 words per page. - a good introduction to our differences and similarities." *Recommended for: All ages from infant + up
"When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother missing, they can't help but wonder where she's What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Huddled together for reassurance on a tree branch, Sarah, Percy, and Bill worry about their mothers—and themselves—until, at last, she gracefully swoops back down to the nest. ...This tale is sure to comfort children who will recognize and appreciate the fears of these young owls.
London recordings - I hope you've enjoyed this little slice of London. The birds you hear are pigeons, crows and magpies!