Notes from Story Time Category: Singing

Songs for the Whole Family

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.

We Love to Sing Along!

The Library has many songs that have been made into books. Singing the words as you read along with your baby is a good way to keep his/her attention.

Read to Me

 Make reading fun by engaging your child in the story by reading lift-the-flap books, singing as you read, or talking to your baby about things they see in the pictures.  It’s more important that reading to your child is enjoyable rather than long. Follow your child’s mood.

Put Your “T” in the Air

Before children can identify the differences between letters, children first need to identify differences between shapes.  When reading at home, be on the lookout for letters with “special” shapes, like the letters in children’s names. Hunt for curvy lines, straight lines, or even

circles!

As a fun activity, you might want to try singing the following rhyme with the letter “T” with your child. Trace the letter with your finger. See how it has two straight lines?

 

 

Put Your “T” in the Air  (to tune of “Put Your Finger in the Air”)

Put your “T” in the air, in the air.

Put your “T” in the air, in the air.

Put your “T” in the air, and let’s hold it out to there.

Put your “T” in the air, in the air.

Other Verses:  “on your knee….and jump along with me”

                          “behind your back….and let’s pretend to eat a snack”

                       “on your nose…and then onto your toes”

 

Down on the Farm

When children are learning how to read, it’s important for them to realize that words have parts. Singing is a wonderful way to slow down the sounds in words so children can hear and repeat them. Practice singing the repeating line “Down on the farm, down on the farm” with your child before you start reading Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner. Repetition helps children learn about sounds and syllables in preparation for reading on their own.

Sing Your Favorites With Your Baby

Did you know there are many picture books in the Youth collection that feature familiar rhymes and songs that you can sing as you read? Think of a favorite one and ask for it at the Youth Services desk! We may have it available. Youth staff can also recommend other great titles for you to take home and enjoy together.

Rhyming Stories Build Memory

Singing is a fun and easy way to help children build language.  Rhyming stories and songs can enhance the brain’s memory capabilities. In Winter Is for Snow, the rhyming text has a pattern.  See if your child can recognize the rhyme and repeat the  pattern after a page or two!

Wiggle Your Fingers

Language is in itself musical. When you sing and speak, your baby learns about words, language, and communication. Through your singing, baby’s language comprehension begins.

Your baby wiggling his fingers might seem like a trivial thing, but he’s actually gaining more control over his muscles. “Where is Thumbkin” is a classic tune that focuses on one finger at a time.

 

Wheels on the Bus

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are five simple practices that will help your child get ready to read! Driving in the car is a great time to sing to your baby. Try singing Wheels on the Bus as you drive—you can make up new or different verses each time. Your baby will just like to hear the sound of your voice.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

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.  .