There are some things that you probably take for granted with young children, singing a song is probably one of them. With Monkey, most things take a bit longer than his peers, singing a song has definitely been one of them.
So many things seem to have clicked in the last month, advances in bravery, independence and now with singing. I’ve sung nursery rhymes and silly songs to Monkey from birth, I’ve sung to him every day. It’s made no difference, he’s never been bothered to sing anything back to me.
We’ve been to music groups, sing and sign, all the play groups you can find locally over the years. We did them all, but still he showed no interest in singing a song.
We noticed a difference in the run up to Christmas, he would sing a line from a song from his nativity play, just one line, but it was a start. They’ve been doing a lot of work at Nursery School with number recognition, we’ve been mirroring that here too.
All of a sudden the week before last, Monkey sat down for lunch and started singing a song, he sang from start to finish. He sang 5 currant buns in the baker’s shop all the way through. He was so pleased with himself, I was thrilled. He’s 4 years old, I’m sure lots of children have been doing this for a couple of years?? When something takes longer, you wait and wait, you think it will never come.
For once we didn’t have cakes to be able to play out the actions so we made do with some cake moulds and pennies – Monkey loved it.