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Doo-doo-doo, Baby Shark

by Maureen Slamer

Doo-doo-doo, Baby Shark

“Brady, almost time for nap!” Mom called.

Brady flipped over and slid off the couch, toes first. He ran to the TV stand. He yanked on his basket. He looked and shoved it back. “Doo-doo-doo,” Brady whispered. He yanked on Charlie’s basket. “Doo-doo-doo. No, doo-doo-doo.”  

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Mom walked in, “Let’s go Brady. Nap time.” 

“No, no, no! Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo!” Brady motioned, shark mouth with finger and thumb.

Doo-doo-doo? Mom wondered. Brady nodded. “Hmm…OH!…Look on the shelf, Brady. Baby Shark is on the shelf.” Brady stepped to the end of the TV stand. He pulled one book, looked and dropped it. He grabbed another and another. 

“Doo-doo-doo!” Brady squealed hugging Baby Shark.

Mom picked up Brady and Baby Shark. “Nap time. One story Brady, just one.” 

“Doo-doo-doo!”

“Yup, Baby Shark, Brady. We’ll read… Baby Shark.

Helping a Child Discover the Power of Language

For many almost two-year-olds, their language is limited to one or two words or phrases. They are learning. They are beginning to communicate their wants and needs. For Brady, he was able to communicate his want (“Doo-doo-doo”). His mother was able to understand and support his problem-solving (“Look on the shelf, Brady”). Brady is learning the power of his talk as he looks for his book. Brady understands more than he is able to express. 

Two-year-olds will combine movement with their talk. Brady motioned the actions used for Baby Shark (shark mouth with finger and thumb). Learning to talk is a gradual process. Words and phrases will combine into sentences as children learn. Let’s capitalize on our two-year-old’s love of song and movement! 

Consider …

• simple songs and fingerplays to sing or say – Baby Shark, Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider

• changing the song or fingerplay to include your child’s name, Baby Shark to Brady Shark, Mary Had a Little Lamb to Brady Had a Little Lamb

• books with rhyming or repetitive patterns–Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Love You Forever.

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