Growing into Readers

Singing Activities

  • Children who are better readers tend to be able to keep a steady beat. Rhyming and singing enables children to hear a steady beat, patterns of speech and rhythm, so when you are rhyming and singing with your child, remember to clap along with the beat. This will give you child the ability to feel the beat while they are clapping, tapping, and marching along. This only helps contribute the rhythm of reading as well.
  • Preschoolers love routine. Incorporate singing into your daily routines, such as when washing your child’s hands. Daily routines happen regularly and provide many opportunities for your preschooler to hear a song over and over again. Examples of daily routines include diaper changing, getting dressed, getting in the car, cleaning up, and putting on shoes. Singing during routines can also make a less desirable routine more enjoyable for your child.
  • Sing a song in a different way. Sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” You can also sing other versions like “The Great Big Spider,” using a great, big voice or “The Teeny Tiny Spider,” using a very quiet, small voice.
  • Skills Learned: Speaking, singing, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, experimenting, observing, intuition, building relationships, community, reflection, imagination, creativity, art, music, movement, pretend play, recall, vocabulary, listening and comprehension.

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Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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