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!)