Twinkle twinkle little star, we don’t care how good your voices are. What do we care about? Singing and how it helps children learn language, vocabulary, and early literacy skills. So please we implore you, no matter your voice, sing to your children.
Phonological awareness, as an early literacy skill, means that children are able to understand how the sounds in language are broken down to create meaning. One of the benefits of singing is that it naturally emphasizes the sounds that language makes. Singing together also creates bonding, connection, and helps make learning fun. Understanding what the sounds mean when spoken makes it easier for children to sound out words when they are learning how to read.
Music as a whole has a way of creating emotion, engaging, and entertaining us all. From a young age, the ever classic nursery rhymes are taught and stick with us because of the catchy tunes, rhyming, and repetitions they hold. Sing with me friends,
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Think about the repetition of sound and syllables and how it helps make the words more rhythmic and accessible. What matters most when singing and rhyming together is that there is fun, interaction, and engagement. When we dance, play, and fully listen to what’s going on around us it’s easier to remember and learn.
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