Sunday, May 17, 2009


Does your child have a name song?

Count out the number of letters in your child’s name and find a familiar tune that has the same number of notes.

For example, you can use the first line of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (5 notes) and substitute with the letters “J-A-M-E-S”.

Creating a name song with your child and singing it repetitively will help your child to recognize the letters that are in his name and help your child to know the order of those letters.

Here are some ideas for name song tunes, using the first phrase of each tune according to the number of letters in your child’s name:

3 Letters: The NBC station tune
4 Letters: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (could be for 5 letters too)
5 Letters: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
6 Letters:
Once There Was a Snowman
Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack (hand clapping song)
7 Letters:
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Old MacDonald Had a Farm

8 Letters:
We Are a Happy Family (last phrase of the tune)
9 Letters: Baa, Baa Black Sheep

If you improvise with spelling your child’s name within 5 beats, it may fit within the parameters of “B-I-N-G-O”. You could make up your own version, similar to this:

“There is a sweet girl/boy I know and Nicea/Daniel is her/his name-o
N-I-C-E-A / D-A-N-I-E-L
N-I-C-E-A / D-A-N-I-E-L
N-I-C-E-A / D-A-N-I-E-LAnd Nicea/Daniel is her/his name-o!”



Lesley Weis said...

This is brilliant! I was just starting to teach my almost 2 year old her name and this is a great idea!!

GETyourMOMMYon said...

I love this tip for names. We sang this for my neice this morning...BINGO tune "There is a birthday girl we know and Regan is her name-o. R-E-G-A-N.... Thanks for sharing your find.


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