Singing with kids is not only fun, it’s an important part of early literacy! According to the American Library Association’s “Every Child Ready to Read ®” initiative, it’s one of five activities that, when practiced regularly, can help children develop the early skills they need to be successful readers. Songs are a natural way to help children develop language and listening skills; they slow down language so children can hear the different sounds in words and recognize the rhythms and rhymes of speech. Songs also help children learn new words and information. Moving to music improves their motor skills, and--like singing--it’s lots of fun!
Our storytimes include lots of music, both live and recorded. Often featured are selections from the Children’s music CD collection. Parents and kids can sing and move together to featured tracks during a library program, and extend their learning and enjoyment by checking out and taking the CDs home with them! Storytime favorites (often presented in programs, and often requested later) include “The Freeze” from Greg and Steve’s “Kids in Motion” and “We All Live Together Vol. 2” CDs; and Hap Palmer’s version of “Open Shut Them,” (which he combines with his own tune “High and Low”) from his CD “Early Childhood Classics : Old Favorites with a New Twist.” Regular visits to storytime can help you build a repertoire of musical favorites, old and new, to sing and enjoy. Looking for some music ideas? Just ask, and staff will be happy to help.
To learn more about how singing and other everyday activities help kids develop literacy skills, and about ALA’s “Every Child Ready to Read ®” go to the APL Kids’ Every Child Ready to Read page! There you can download guidelines full of great facts and tips that will help you help your child.
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