How does singing the
Isty (Itsy) Bitsy Spider build interest in reading?
I love to read stories that have a familiar song or rhyme to keep the attention of my daughter Sophia, who is 3-years-old now. I’m not sure anyone could resist hearing familiar nursery rhymes like The Itsy Bitsy Spider without doing the spider hands, or Old MacDonald without chirping in a “quack quack here and a quack quack there”. We can pick any favorite childhood themed stories and have fun singing, even if it’s just for 2 minutes.
We picked Iza Trapani’s version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider that expands on the original song to express the little spider’s determination to keep trying and overcome. Purchase The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book Here.
This post on the Nalibali website has some interesting tips on how to create opportunities to sing and read together.By singing and pointing to the words on the page I can help my daughter identify that letters are creating words.Then we start to sing and hop around to the new-found love of The Itsy Bitsy Spider and just have fun.
We even made a sticky tape “spider web” and took turns throwing pom poms at it just to keep going with the spider theme.I used painter’s tape and just zigzagged the tape in our doorway to create the web.This is the tape I used here. She played this easily for 30 minutes. Much longer than any toy from the store.
In the beginning Sophia would not be the slightest bit interested with books, unless it meant pulling them all off the shelf at once and reading my expression. I just kept on repeating the same books throughout the day ever since she was born. Now, she is excited to read and follows the story. How do you get the kids to enjoy stories and pay attention to the words? Drop me a comment down below and I look forward to getting feedback on the topic…