November 23-24: All libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Book and Music Suggestions for You and Your Child
Did you know singing with your child is one way to prepare your child to read? How does singing help with reading?
- Songs introduce new words. Song lyrics often use different vocabulary than our everyday spoken language.
-Also, the different musical notes couple with the different syllables of a word. Singing and listening to you sing will help your child understand the structure and sounds of a word.
-Reading books that can be sung is a great way to show children that words are everywhere, even in songs. Words are not just in books!
Children learn about the world around them when you talk to them. Honestly, I run out of things to talk about with my three year old and five year old. So when I can't think of a thing to say to my boys, I sing. I don't have a great singing voice, but my children don't care! Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy has some fantastic rhyming and singing videos in a few different languages. I turn to these videos when I need new songs to sing to my boys or in my Storytimes. If you haven't visited the library for a Storytime, you should come! We sing, dance, read picture books, and sometimes we do a craft. We offer bilingual Storytimes too! Spanish and English storytimes at the Belmar and Wheat Ridge Libraries and American Sign Language and English Storytimes at the Belmar Library.
Check out some of these music and book suggestions.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Video "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"
Photo Credit: Henti Smith