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Early Literacy Skills: Singing

Early Literacy Skills: Singing

Reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing regularly prepare your child to read. In this post, we are going to focus on singing!

Early Literacy Activities

On the move

You can play songs your child likes in the car and sing along them to help them hear syllables, word sounds and new vocabulary.

(https://www.worthingtonlibraries.org/borrow/lists/early-literacy-tips-preschoolers)

Break it down

Songs typically  have a note for each part of a word, so when you sing you’re helping your child hear that word have smaller parts. Clap or tap along to better hear these smaller parts. (https://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/learning/literacy/the-5-early-literacy-practices-sing/)

Read and Sing

Children love singing. Encourage reading and singing by reading books that can be sung.  These include nursery rhymes, books that promote singing, or books that can be sung to a specific tune.

(https://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/learning/literacy/the-5-early-literacy-practices-sing/)

Change it up

Sing a song in a high voice; sing a song in a low voice. Sing it slow; sing it fast.

(https://www.plymouthlibrary.org/early-literacy-tips/)

Read More

Books that include singing from our collection:

If You’re a Monster and You know it by Rebecca Emberley

Sing with Me! by Naoko Stoop

Whales on the Bus by Katrina Charman

Sing Along

A song with variation and different voices:

Bread and Butter: (clap your lap and hands to this)

 

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam: say hello as quiet as you can-Hello

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam: say hello as loud as you can-Hello!

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam: say hello as slow as you can-Heelllooo

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam: say hello as fast as you can-Hello!

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam: say hello as high as you can-Hello!

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam: say hello as low as you can-hello!

 

How many other versions can you think of?

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We hope you find these suggestions for incorporating singing into building literacy skills with children helpful. Visit the Children’s Room to explore our books with CD, music CDs, and books that incorporate songs. We look forward to seeing you here!