Singing and Early Literacy

Kids love music!  Ever notice how kids of all ages respond to songs and music? Music and kids go together like cookies and milk, like pepperoni and pizza. Recently after a “Rockabye baby!” music CD began to play at one of our pre-reading babytime classes, several one year-olds instantly started swaying and moving to the music and their faces lit up.

Did you also know that while music is fun, it also is an essential part of every child’s development? Engaging your child in singing everyday is one of five early literacy practices that experts have identified will help your child get ready to read. Songs are a natural way to learn about language. Singing slows down language so your child can hear different parts of words and notice how they are alike and different. Singing develops listening skills in your child, and helps your child learn new words and information. Your child will remember things for a longer time too. How can you beat that?!

So sing often with your child and come join our pre-reading storytime classes. We encourage music and early literacy at all our storytime pre-reading classes! We use egg shakers, bells, rhythm sticks, clapping, and just plain singing along to help your child get ready to read.

2 Responses to “Singing and Early Literacy”

  1. March 14, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    My son went through a phase when he was little, where he wanted me to sing everything I said to him!

  2. March 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My son went through a phase when he was little, where he wanted me to sing everything I said to him!