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Letter from the Author
Letter from the Author
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Letter to parents   Dear Parents,   Pre-school is an exciting time for your child. Children of this age are growing fast and learning more about the world around them every day. This is also the age when it is easiest and most natural for them to learn another language at the same time as learning their own. Young children learn in many ways, but singing has proved to be one of the most effective ways in which they can learn another language. Young children love listening, joining in where they can and doing actions to the music. Your child will be learning the songs at school, but will feel more confident if he or she can hear them more often. To help you and your child, Oxford University Press has made the songs from the pre-primary course Playtime available on this website. You can play the songs in the kitchen, the car, or at bedtime - in fact at any time and anywhere! Children are great at multi-tasking - they are still listening even if it looks as if they are playing with their toys or drawing a picture! There are song worksheets on the website for you to print out whilst listening to the songs. It`s really motivating for your child if you can join in and show that you enjoy the songs too. You don’t have to be able to sing or to speak English yourself. Just by doing some actions or singing with your child or joining in with the words where you can, you will be encouraging them. They will see that singing and speaking in English is a fun way to play together. If you have a promising singing star in the house, there are karaoke versions of the songs on the site too! Sometimes it can be fun to sing an English song that matches what you are doing. For example, if it’s raining or sunny, you can play the weather song. If your child is colouring, play a song about the colours in English. Have a look at the list of song titles to help you find the right song for your playtime together. You could even have a ‘song-of-the-week’. Choose a song to sing together at the same time every day for a week and it will soon become easy to remember. Not all children want to sing straight away, so don’t be surprised if your child doesn’t sing along immediately. Just play the songs in the background and they will surprise you one day by singing in English when you least expect it. When they do, encourage them by telling them how pleased you are. If your child prefers just listening, then try playing English songs for ten minutes at bedtime and encourage them to do some actions. It may be better to choose calmer songs for bedtime and energetic ones for getting up in the morning!   Enjoy Playtime together!   Yours truly,   Claire Selby   © Oxford University Press 2012
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