Singing increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare them to decode words when they are learning to read. So sing with your child often, even if you do not have perfect pitch.
Many popular children’s songs have been turned into illustrated books that you can read/sing along with your child! Check them out in the nonfiction section: J 782.
Just remember, getting your child ready to read is as simple as “talk, sing, read, write, and play.” Have fun by singing a jump rope rhyme! You don’t need a rope; you can just have fun jumping!
Ice cream soda,
What kind of food
Will I have for lunch?
A, B, C, D, E…
The letter you stop jumping on is the first letter of your lunch food! Talk about what kinds of food start with that letter, and what food your child likes.
Singing with your child is a great bonding experience that promotes listening skills and fosters language acquisition. Next time your child isn’t paying attention, try singing rather than saying your instructions. You might be surprised by their response.
Hearing sounds in words through singing and rhyming prepares children to read. Books that rhyme help children to hear the sounds as they listen for the rhyming pattern. Dr. Seuss books are known for their fun rhyming schemes.
Being able to break down words into smaller sounds is one of the biggest benefits of singing as it will help children sound out words into smaller parts when they get ready to read independently.
We often spend a lot of time in our cars. Take advantage of this time to listen to some fun songs that the whole family can sing! The Library has many CDs to check out. You even want to try one of our favorites from storytime such as Laurie Berkner.