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Sing Pío, Pío, Pío

mother and child interacting

About this Video

A strong foundation for early literacy learning is created when caregivers and children read together, starting in infancy. Every time a caregiver reads, sings, and talks with a young child, they are building the child’s vocabulary and language skills. In this video, we watch Norma and Mario as they sing and talk together. Watch as Norma sings a familiar song to Mario and then asks him whether he likes the song. Though Mario does not have the expressive language skills to respond with words, Norma is introducing him to the idea that the print and pictures in the book carry meaning.


Note: The dialog is in Spanish, but captions and a transcript are available in English..


Norma: Pío, pío, pío. (cheep, cheep, cheep)

When they´re hungry, when they´re cold.

Do you like that?

You get so happy!


Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three and How They Were Met

Self-Regulation: Foundation of Development
Attention Regulation
Children demonstrate the emerging ability to process stimuli, focus and sustain attention, and maintain engagement in accordance with social and cultural contexts.

  • Indicators for children (7–18 months): Engages in joint attention with a caregiver, e.g., joins in looking at the same object or shifts gaze to where someone is pointing
  • Action: Mario watches and listens as his mother sings and points to the pictures in the book.

Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
Early Literacy
Children demonstrate interest in and comprehension of printed materials.

  • Indicators for children (7–18 months): Increases ability to focus for longer periods of time on printed materials
  • Action: Mario points to the book and smiles as his mother reads to him. His mother sings the words in the book and points to the picture to keep Mario interested in the shared reading experience.

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Home
  • Family Child Care
  • Child Care Center

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
  • Faculty / Trainer

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related IEL Birth to Three Guidelines:
Reviewed: 2019