Singing is one way to help your child be ready to read. Children don’t care if you can’t carry a tune! Singing breaks down words into smaller parts and helps children hear the sounds that make up words. Singing can also help some children remember things better than just spoken word.
Stories and songs go great together! Try reading Giraffes Can’t Dance. Then make up a silly song about it. .
Use stuffed animals or puppets to sing songs, read stories, or talk to your baby. Even siblings can help with this fun activity! No puppets at home? Ask about our collection of puppets that can be checked out!
With summer here, take this opportunity to check out some CDs to play in the car or at home and sing along. This is a great way to develop language skills for reading while having fun moving and grooving.
Using puppets to talk or sing is a great way to encourage creativity and imagination. Take a favorite book (such as Elephants Cannot Dance) or favorite song and set it up with puppets to recreate favorite character, plot, or melodies.
Helping your child understand that words have a rhythm and can be broken down into syllables will help your child later when he/she is sounding out words while learning to read. As you read Roadwork by Sally Sutton with your child, clap along to the sound words such as “Ping! Bang! Tap!”
Singing helps children practice hearing and making different sounds. Playing around with sounds allows children be able to hear the different sounds that make up words. As you read All Aboard the Work Choo-Choo by Carol Roth, have your child repeat the refrain “All Aboard! to work…Choo-choo! Chug-a-chug-a-choo-choo-choo!” It can almost become sing-songy!
Besides being fun, singing with your child brings numerous emotional and academic benefits. Research has shown that children who have been exposed to singing activities (like nursery rhymes) are more proficient in rhyming skills and the pronunciation of new words. So many familiar songs include rhyming words—see if you hear any in “Five Speckled Frogs!”
Listening to music stimulates many parts of the brain. Singing is a wonderful activity to do with children because they can easily join in by clapping, dancing, humming, or even singing nonsense words to the tune.
Rhyming is similar to singing because it helps children play with the sounds of words. As you read aloud the story Water Is Water by Miranda Paul, there are many rhyming words that also help move the story along. Before you turn the page, pause and see if your child knows what word rhymes with the current page’s second-to-last line. By making this book into a game and playing with sounds, you are helping your child learn skills needed for reading.
Singing can help your child with learning to read. You can do this by saying rhymes, singing songs, reading books, and by interacting together with apps. Try making a band together using the free app Toca Band at home on your Apple device or at the Library on the iPads.
–Tip by Laura Bos, Youth Technology Librarian