Singing can be a truly joyful activity, and it also boasts a number of benefits for pre-readers. Songs help children remember things–that’s how many children initially learn their ABCs. Songs introduce children to new vocabulary, and they also offer plenty of examples of rhyming words. One of the greatest benefits of singing with children, however, is the fact that singing slows down our speech and pronunciation of words. This slowing makes it easier for children to start to hear the different sounds that we make in spoken language.
A great way to have fun with your child while developing this knowledge of letter sounds is to sing silly songs where you play around with the words. One of my favorite’s is Raffi’s “Apples and Bananas”:
Kids love this silly song. They enjoy the goofiness of making nonsense words by adding new sounds to familiar words. I like to encourage children to tell me what sounds they want to try in the song–I will show them letter options of A, E, I, O, and U, and they get to choose the order in which we try them out in our song. This process helps reinforce letter knowledge as well as sound recognition. It also gives the children a feeling of being the leaders of the silliness, which makes the whole experience even more fun.
What are your favorite songs to sing with the children in your life?
Take 20 and Read Campaign for Literacy
The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation recently launched the TAKE 20 and READ initiative. We believe strongly in the need to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy and help families build the critical literacy skills for children to succeed in school and for adults to continue reading and lifelong learning. Here are a few reasons why:
- Currently 35 percent of children arrive at kindergarten unprepared to learn.
- Reading problems are not outgrown which means students who are struggling readers in the early grades will continue to struggle as adults without proper intervention.
- Reading effectively as an adult directly impacts opportunities in all aspects of life, ranging from education and job preparedness to self-esteem and quality of life.
Can you spare 20?
Help the Library Foundation enhance reading skills with your pledge to TAKE 20 and READ. Join our campaign that challenges everyone to read 20 minutes every day. Take the Pledge today!
Register online at www.take20andread.org or in any St. Charles City-County library branch and begin reading right away. Convenient online reading logs will track your progress or you can complete a paper log if you prefer. An online customizable “timer” option is also available to engage children and make their TAKE 20 reading time even more fun. After reading 20 minutes for 28 days, submit your log by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand in the paper form at any St. Charles City-County Library Branch. Upon submission, you will be entered in a quarterly drawing for an iPad Mini.
Share TAKE 20 and READ with Others
Sign up your whole family. Read to your children and grandchildren,
read for yourself
, read for your community. Our goal is aggressive. We want 100,000 people to take the pledge so that we can truly make a difference. Like us on Facebook for more updates.
TAKE 20 and READ…Enriching Lives. Improving Literacy. Engaging Our Community.
Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.
Click here to access the March 2013 Early Literacy Calendar.
The March activities were compiled by the children’s staff at the Corporate Parkway Branch Library in Wentzville. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!