Singing to Your Child Makes a Difference!

Many of us have attended the fantastic Literacy Workshops hosted by ReadBoston.  Every time I attend I am reminded of so many important things I want to do with my children!

It’s been a few months now since the last Literacy Workshop and so I decided to look back over my notes and the handouts and I wanted to share some gems!

Singing to your child makes a difference!  Why? Singing is a wonderful way to support young children’s literacy development.

When we sing with children they are:

  • Hearing new sounds
  • Learning new words
  • Practicing using language
  • Making sense of new ideas and concepts, and
  • Saying complex phrases

Singing is FUN!  Children respond to the joy and rhythm of music!

Include singing in everyday activities.  On the bus sing, “The Wheels on the Bus”;  When driving around town sing, “Vroom, Vroom, Beep, Beep”;  During bath-time sing, “All the Little Ducks” or “I Had a Tiny Turtle”; While taking a walk outside sing, “The Rainbow Song”, “It’s Raining, It’s Raining”, or “Oh! The Wind Blows North”.  Children love to hear and sing songs with physical movement.  How about singing, “Mi Cuerpo” or “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom We’re Going to the Moon”.  Don’t hesitate to make up songs with your child.  Use nonsense words or make up new lyrics to a familiar tune.  In fact, some of our favorite Moms & Music tunes were created spontaneously while I was playing with my own children!

Early Literacy Facts from ReadBoston:

  • The human brain develops up to 90% of its capacity during the first three years of life.
  • On average, toddlers learn ten new words each day.
  • The size of a child’s vocabulary is a key predictor of later reading success.

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