Every Child Ready to Read Early Learning Practices: Singing

by On July 23, 2013 in Childrens Books

Did you know that singing with your child is a great way to support their early literacy development? Singing slows down the sounds in language and helps children to parse those sounds as they learn to read. When you sing with your child, you’re not only sharing quality time together, you’re supporting their emotional and intellectual development. To learn more about how singing and music support your child’s development, take a look at?The Importance of Music in Early Childhood?by Dr. Lili Levinowitz of Music Together.

Here is a collection of singable books that you can share one on one during cuddle time, but that also work well in a storytime with a group of children!

You don’t need to be a professional musician to sing with your child; your voice is one of the most precious sounds your child will ever hear, even if you think you “can’t sing.” Singing is a wonderful way to transition to sleep or other activities (lots of families have some kind of “clean up” song; that’s because children respond really well to music as a transitional tool!)

Cen is a children’s librarian in Silicon Valley, and a children’s digital services consultant at LittleeLit.com. She has driven a bookmobile, managed branch libraries, developed innovative programs for babies, young children and teens, and now helps other libraries incorporate digital media into their early literacy programming. She attended the California State Library’s Eureka Leadership Institute in 2008 and now serves on the American Library Association's ALSC Children & Technology committeetaschen.

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