Posts Tagged music

fun with…music for the whole family

Kids love music.   And often they love to sing, move and dance to the music they hear (or even sometimes make themselves!)

Research has proven that listening to and participating with music is beneficial to kids in many ways, especially in the development of language and literacy skills.   For example, how did most people likely learn their ABC’s?   Almost certainly, we learned them by singing that oh so familiar song.  Combining music with information stimulates the brain and makes that information easier to remember.

A child’s instinctive ability to listen and decode a song extends to reading.  Just as they have sung along with a familiar song, so they will read along in a familiar book.  The sense of rhythm obtained from listening to music will also help young readers to identify patterns, like rhyming words, which will help them learn to read.  Because songs automatically break down words into smaller sounds through tones, singing particularly helps to develop the early literacy skill phonological awareness.

While the traditional songs of Raffi and Pete Seeger are almost always a popular choice with kids, there are many wonderful cd’s at Lane that will entertain the whole family.  Be sure to check them out!

You Are My Little Bird — Elizabeth Mitchell  Lane Library info

Ralph’s Word: Happy Lemons — Ralph Covert  Lane Library info

Bloom — Zak Morgan  Lane Library info

Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho — Jim Gill  Lane Library info

No! — They Might Be Giants  Lane Library info

Peter, Paul and Mommy — Peter, Paul and Mary  Lane Library info

Family Dance — Dan Zanes  Lane Library info

Snacktime! — Barenaked Ladies  Lane Library info

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May 21st storytime: let's dance

We got to show off our fancy moves today, because storytime was all about dancing!  Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, if you like to dance clap your hands, stretch/head shoulders knees and toes, hokey pokey, Tommy thumb, dance your fingers, Simon Says


dance our body parts to music (Twist on All Time Favorite Dances),  feather dance to music (Shake Your Body on Sugar Beats Greatest Dance Hits), ring bells to the syllables in kids’ names


Baby Danced the Polka

Hilda Must Be Dancing (we clapped on and repeated the fun dancing words in this book)


#1: We talked about the early literacy skill phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words

#2: hearing words that rhyme will help your child break down words into smaller parts, so books with lots of rhymes are a great choice to help develop this skill

#3: Anything with a great rhythm is good for developing phonological awareness, and clapping on each syllable helps kids break up words into their smaller sounds

We had a good time dancing!

Lane Library book information

Baby Danced the Polka

Hilda Must Be Dancing

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