My mom sent me this article from The Guardian: Singing to Children May Help Development of Language Skills, by Amelia Hill
As Daniel Dwase, editor of the online Child Development Guide, points out, songs with actions help children to learn "balance, co-ordination, body awareness and rhythm." The best songs with movement I learned came from Lucia's Waldorf kindergarten. At some point, I should teach you the song that begins thus:
Show me your foot and let me see your shoe
We will do what the washing women do,
We're washing, we're washing, we're washing all day long. 2X.
After we wash the clothes, we wring them out, dry them, iron them, and fold them. When we're done, I announce, "You've done such a lovely job with the laundry. Now, the rest of your family to put their clothes away." I've tried to implement this policy in real life. It sometimes works.