The Six Early Reading Skills?
Knowing the names of things
motivation- Being interested in and enjoying books
awareness- Noticing print, how to handle a book, how to
follow words on a page
knowledge- Knowing letters are different from each other,
knowing their names and sounds
Skills- Being able to describe things and events and tell
Phonological awareness- Being able to hear and play with the
smaller sounds in words
How Does Singing
Help Teach Children These Skills?
are uniquely wired to respond to music, from before the time we
Because singing is interactive, it involves even the youngest
children in language.
learn language through repetition, and as songs are repeated the
rhythm of the words is
brings a natural awareness of words, as each syllable or sound
in a word gets a different note.
Nursery rhymes and finger plays present a wide vocabulary, and
teach sentence structure, story concepts and comprehension.
things we remember word-for-word from our childhoods, are
childhood songs and some rhymes!
learn oral language before written language, and the more
experience they have with oral
language, the better prepared they will be for interpreting
participation in music (singing) increases retention, builds
memory, and actually helps grow the brain in young children!
Because children naturally love to sing, there is no “teaching,”
How Can I Help
Children Build Early Literacy Skills Though Singing?
This is the fun part! You
are probably already involved in activities that will lay the
foundation for early literacy. So just sing and have fun!
throughout your day. Research shows that the more music a child
experiences, the greater the
“complex” music in the classroom. Examples of complex music are
classical music or singing rounds. There are some wonderful
classical recordings available just for young children.
songs, or sing familiar songs like “The Wheels on the Bus” using
Make up songs
about the foods as you prepare them. Emphasize and exaggerate
the letter sounds.
make rhythm instruments, and use them to reinforce syllables and
keep a steady beat as you sing. The same can be done with
that sing” often as a daily part of your circle time (suggested
titles on resource page).
Ask your children's librarian to help you find them in the
picture book section.
traditional folk songs with your children, as they bring with
them a knowledge of our culture and
language. Expand on them.
For example, if you sing a song from another land, get out a map
or globe and show children where the song comes from. Ask
questions, and use the opportunity to build those narrative