As a nanny, I try to incorporate music as much as possible into my daily routine. Not just for the kids enjoyment, but for my sanity as well! Music is a great way to calm the mind and reduce stress.
For music that adults can enjoy as well as the kids, I love Jack Johnson’s Curious George CD. The songs are simple enough for kids to learn the lyrics with soft melodies about friendship, sharing and recycling etc…. Another one of my favorites are the Rockabye Baby! lullaby albums. These gentle instrumental songs are renditions of hits by artists such as Maroon 5, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac to name a few.
Singing actually helps your child get ready to read! How’s that you ask?
Engaging your child in singing everyday is one of the five early literacy practices that experts have identified will help your child get ready to read.
Songs are a natural and fun way to learn about language. Singing develops great listening skills and helps your child learn new words and information. And the things your child learns from singing? They will remember them longer too! I still remember many of the things I learned from singing Schoolhouse Rock songs as a kid.
So sing often with your child! Stop in for a visit and we’ll be glad to show you some great age appropriate music CDs. Or you can take a look at our catalog and place holds on your favorites! We also have a fantastic selection of albums you can stream through our online database Hoopla. Browse the children’s collection to check out albums to stream digitally and download for offline use.
Come join in our pre-reading classes where we always encourage music and early literacy. We use egg shakers, bells, rhythm sticks, clapping and just plain singing along to help your child get ready to read!