Don’t Forget to Sing! Benefits of singing with children

Many people know the benefits of reading to babies and children but what about singing? I always start and end our storytime with songs. It is a great way to grab the attention of a group and get moving. Singing together exposes children to more words with can help increase their vocabulary. Songs can also help introduce the concepts of rhyming and rhythm. All of these things will help when a child is learning how to read.  You can use a child's favorite song to help create an interest in reading. What is your child’s favorite song about? It is easy to search our catalog by topic to find related titles. Many of the best songs include signs or body movement. Moving and dancing helps develop motor skills and is a great way to get the whole family active.

The best part about singing with little ones is that it gives you another chance to bond with them. This is not limited to the bond between a caregiver and child. This can be a great way to include older children in interacting with younger ones. 

Music Resources:

Freegal, our streaming music service, has plenty of music just for children.

Jbrary is another great resource that I use to learn new songs. The following link will take you to a list of song playlists organized by theme.