February 29, 2016
MUSIC AND BEGINNING READING
Linda M. Penn
Do you remember singing “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” as a youngster? Do you remember tipping over when singing the “Little Teapot?” Did someone sing “Rock-a-Bye Baby” to you? I have fond memories of these times and when I sang and played records with my own kids. Well…let’s see, I wonder how many times I sang “Wheels on the Bus?”
No one ever said to me I was learning to read when I sang “Twinkle, Twinkle,” but apparently all these little songs played a part in my progression to being a fluent reader. I never said to my kids or students that it was time for reading education, so we were going to sing, “Ole McDonald.” And what about the ABC Song? I hope you have positive memories of these little songs.
These baby, toddler, and preschool songs and records are very important, in my opinion,to helping little ones learn about patterns, rhyming words, repetitive words and phrases, predicting lyrics, inflection and volume changes in voices, and sounds of letters. All of these things are used in normal reading instruction.
If you are a parent, grandparent, or teacher of babies, toddlers, or preschoolers, please don’t ever think you are just filling time when you play music or sing with them. You are not just trying to present fun activities for them. You are providing valuable reading instruction. The kids are learning and they don’t even know it! How cool is that?
Have fun! Keep singing!
Come back the first week of April –“HELPING FRIGHTENED TEST-TAKERS.”
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