Posts Tagged Ralph Covert

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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June 11 storytime: big and little

Who’s big? Who’s little? We found out today in storytime!  Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, itsy bitsy/great big hairy/teency weency spider, little fish/big fish in the water, songboard, alphabet song, Simon Says


look at big and little animal pictures and discuss, big and little names, dance with scarves (dance big to Choo Choo Train, dance small to Take a Little Nap from the cd Ralph’s World, see cd info below)


One Day in the Jungle

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Literacy info to adults:

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

#2: Make up silly words by changing the first sound in a word: milk, nilk, pilk, rilk, filk.  It’s OK if the words are nonsense words, you just want to demonstrate how sounds can be manipulated

#3:  Play with and help your child hear the syllables in words.  For example, say words with a pause between the syllables (rab it) and have your child guess what word you are saying.

Lane Library book and cd information

One Day in the Jungle

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Ralph’s World

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