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You Are Special!

Domain:

In this activity, you will listen to the song “Everyone Is Special!” and read a booktogether to talk with your baby. You will engage your child with a puppet and point outwhat is special about them.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of trust (12 to 18 months)

    Age:

    Infant (Birth to 18 months)

  • Song:

    Everyone Is Special

  • Activity:

    You Are Special!

Materials:

  • Song
  • Book “I Like Myself!” by Karen Beaumont
  • Puppet

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Communication and development of language
  • Sense of self worth in the infant
  • Development of early literacy
  • “Me” as similar to and different from others

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Early on, infants are able to discriminate among faces. Their brains respond to faces almost as adults’ brains do by 4 months of age.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to listen to the song and pay attention to the lyrics. Pointing out what is special about your infant will help your baby start differentiating and identifying him/herself as “me.” Spending time communicating and interacting with your baby, establishes the building blocks for emotional and social development.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • What is special about this kid in the book?
  • This kid feels happy. Let’s see what makes this kid happy?
  • You feel happy too. You are happy when ____________.
  • Your hair color is the same as __________________.
  • Let’s think about the things that make you special.
  • Sometimes I feel sad. I feel sad when I need to ___________.
  • Sometime you feel sad. You are sad when __________.
  • Let’s try to make a happy face and a sad face using our puppet.
  • _______ (Name of the puppet) likes to eat spinach. What do you like to eat?

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your child, facing each other.
  2. Listen to the song “Everyone Is Special” with your child, while gesturing using the puppet.
  3. Encourage the baby to be engaged in the song.
  4. Share the book “I Like Myself!” by Karen Beaumont with your toddler.
  5. Let the child hold the book to share in the reading of the story.
  6. Pay attention to how the baby reacts and engages with the story.
  7. Use the suggested dialogue to point out the special things your baby has (hair and eye colors; their favorite food and activity; things that make them happy and sad). Use the puppet when pointing out the special things about your child.
  8. Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to your child and identify things that are similar to and different from other family members. Talking to your child is important to their language development so they can hear you talk and can listen to spoken language.
  9. End the activity by listening to the song “Everyone Is Special” again, and dance with your baby to the music.

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peaPod 3:3

You Are Special!

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of trust (12 to 18 months)

Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)

Song: Everyone Is Special

In this activity, you will listen to the song “Everyone Is Special!” and read a book together to talk with your baby. You will engage your child with a puppet and point out what is special about them.

Materials

  • Song
  • Book “I Like Myself!” by Karen Beaumont
  • Puppet

Desired Outcomes

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Communication and development of language
  • Sense of self worth in the infant
  • Development of early literacy
  • “Me” as similar to and different from others

Key Developmental Facts

  • Early on, infants are able to discriminate among faces. Their brains respond to faces almost as adults’ brains do by 4 months of age.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to listen to the song and pay attention to the lyrics. Pointing out what is special about your infant will help your baby start differentiating and identifying him/herself as “me.” Spending time communicating and interacting with your baby, establishes the building blocks for emotional and social development.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • What is special about this kid in the book?
  • This kid feels happy. Let’s see what makes this kid happy?
  • You feel happy too. You are happy when ____________.
  • Your hair color is the same as __________________.
  • Let’s think about the things that make you special.
  • Sometimes I feel sad. I feel sad when I need to ___________.
  • Sometime you feel sad. You are sad when __________.
  • Let’s try to make a happy face and a sad face using our puppet.
  • _______ (Name of the puppet) likes to eat spinach. What do you like to eat?

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your child, facing each other.
  • Listen to the song “Everyone Is Special” with your child, while gesturing using the puppet.
  • Encourage the baby to be engaged in the song.
  • Share the book “I Like Myself!” by Karen Beaumont with your toddler.
  • Let the child hold the book to share in the reading of the story.
  • Pay attention to how the baby reacts and engages with the story.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to point out the special things your baby has (hair and eye colors; their favorite food and activity; things that make them happy and sad). Use the puppet when pointing out the special things about your child.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to your child and identify things that are similar to and different from other family members. Talking to your child is important to their language development so they can hear you talk and can listen to spoken language.
  • End the activity by listening to the song “Everyone Is Special” again, and dance with your baby to the music.

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