Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!
Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.
What baby wouldn’t enjoy drifting off to sleep to the sounds of Welcome to the Jungle or November Rain? My daughter and I have had a blast listening to Rockabye Baby’s lullaby renditions of popular bands (ok, so maybe this is more of a treat for Mommy). Who knew the xylophone and glockenspiel could sound so good?
Did you know that parents who sing and talk with their children are building reading readiness and making a difference in lifelong learning? Interested in learning about other activities that will help your children learn and grow? If so, check out StoryBlocks.org!
I love reading and singing to my 7-month old, and while I always knew it was fun for my baby to watch me act out the itsy bitsy spider climbing the water spout, I didn’t realize how much these types of fingerplays and rhyming songs actually impacted her healthy brain functionality! Score one for mom!!