Singing is a fun way to introduce new words and sounds to children. Singing also includes rhyming and increases a child’s awareness to the sounds in words. Singing, talking, playing, writing, and reading are all easy practices you can do at home to help your child get ready to read.
My sons are not a big fan of my singing, I don’t blame them. But we do enjoy reading books together. When I read them a book that is also a song, like Old MacDonald Had a Farm, they sing along. They may not be able to read the words, but using the picture clues on each page helps them sing along to the story.
Some of our favorite songs to sing and read are:
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Baby Beluga
- Row, Row, Row your Boat
- If Your Happy and You Know It
- The Itsy Bitsy Spider
- The Seals on the Bus
For more great tips about singing and reading books together, check out the Music Together Website at www.musictogether.com/singmonth.
Next time you come into the library, don’t forget to check out our great selection of CDs for kids. Some of my favorite artists are Raffi, Jim Gill, and Choo Choo Soul (Disney Channel). For more great ideas about songs to sing to your children, stop by one of our branches and ask the librarian about the songs played during story time. There is also some information on our Ready to Read link on the website.
Whether you sing, play instruments, or dance, have fun making music together!