Reading a book together is a great way to help your baby greet the morning sun with a smile! Invite him to say good morning to all of the fun little critters in this book.
Before, During and After Reading
Before you begin reading, show your baby the picture of the sun on the front cover. Explain that morning is the time when the sun rises up and turns night time into day time. And that day time means we need to be out of bed and ready to play! Even though your baby doesn’t understand all the words you are saying, he loves listening to you talk, and is learning more about language and speech sounds each time you talk to him.
Oral Language & Phonological awareness
Emphasize the rhyming words and repetitive phrases as you read them. Each page contains a small rhyme and ends with the phrase good morning, sun. You can try to tap your baby on his arm to identify the rhyming words as you read each phrase. Below is a sample rhyme from the book—the words in bold are the rhyming words. As you read them, tap your child’s arm:
Little rooster, you’re early to rise. Cock-a-doodle-doo and open your eyes.
Every time you read the phrase good morning, sun, make a big circle above your head using both of your arms. With time and repetition, your baby will mimic your sun movement and will begin to understand the rhythm and rhyme of the book.
Try saying good morning to other familiar objects in the room. While cradling your baby, lightly bounce him to each syllable of the word as you are saying good morning. Start with one or two syllable words, such as crib, blanket, teddy, or bottle. It might look like this:
Good morning, crib. (Lightly bounce 1 time for crib)
Good morning, blanket. (Lightly bounce 2 times for blanket)
The light bounce in between syllables is a great way to associate physical rhythm and speech sounds. It’s also a perfect introduction to the concept of phonological awareness.
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