Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Somehow as adults we overlook many of the simple ways that Christmas is magical for kids. One of these is singing songs and sharing music. Words and notes and voices weave a spell that will endure for decades and connect us to family, friends, and strangers around the world. Many of the songs we hear have been heard by people for hundreds of years and in many languages. Although we might groan at hearing popular songs again and again, these songs are still new for kids. They become associated with all the excitement of the holiday season.
When we sing together we are sharing an experience and interacting on an emotional and social level. Kids need to listen attentively and match the notes, the words, and the timing. Singing with others creates a deep connection not just in families but songs can help us meet new people and turn strangers into friends.
One of the easier songs for kids to sing at Christmas time is Jingle Bells. The two words jingle bells are repeated and the Hey is fun to sing even a few extra times. Santa Claus and Rudolph are familiar to kids and they like to sing about them. Frosty the Snowman has lots of verses but kids enjoy dancing around to the thumpity thump thumps. We Wish You A Merry Christmas is short, repetitive, and rhythmic. Not only can kids sing along, but they can also shake bells and tap on a container for a drum. The video below of two children shows how delightful singing can be.
Parents are sometimes concerned that their voices are not good enough to sing but kids hear with their hearts as well as with their ears. Songs are more than words, they are also the sound of feelings. That’s some powerful magic and definitely something to sing about! What special songs are favorites for you and your child at Christmas?
Sitting around a campfire and singing makes for magical moments and memories, but families can create that magic anytime. That includes lullabies, silly songs, songs to help when scared or sad, action songs, and more. Plus, songs can happen anywhere. Just in case you think songs are ordinary, here’s some proof. One is a videoContinue Reading
The weather here was so sunny and warm, it felt like time to sing. So we did, with a simple song that celebrates spring and warm weather. Did you know that singing is more than fun? It supports many aspects of early learning, kindergarten readiness, and life skills. But first here’s the song, to theContinue Reading
Sitting around the campfire and singing is a favorite activity at camps for kids but families can do it too for great fun and memories plus it boosts kindergarten readiness. Music has a powerful impact on children’s early development because it stimulates connections in the brain and singing is part of music. Following is aContinue Reading
With all the Christmas music playing everywhere, we may as well take advantage of it, have fun, and encourage some kindergarten readiness and learning. New research is showing the profound impact that music is having on children, even before birth. Hearing music encourages the creation of pathways and connections needed to learn language. After birth,Continue Reading
Counting today, there are just 10 days left before Halloween to sing some simple songs for learning, fun and to help develop your child’s kindergarten readiness. These two songs can have as many verses as you can think of so kids can sing them over and over and over. Just what you want to hear–not.Continue Reading
Another handy idea for encouraging your child’s kindergarten readiness is singing. A hand song that is loved by kids is, of course, The Hokey Pokey: You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out… Do you know the song If You’re Happy and You Know It? The first verse goes: If you’reContinue Reading
Kindergarten readiness is really rocking. Singing is fun for kids and it is a great learning activity. It supports learning and readiness in several ways: promotes language fluency and acquiring new words stimulates brain connections and development for patterns exercises remembering skills for words, tune, patterns, etc. helps for learning math by using a systemContinue Reading
June bugs are no fun when camping, but a great resource for kindergarten readiness! Is your child fascinated with bugs? Usually kids are and will watch them, or even collect them enthusiastically. We can use that enthusiasm and build on it with all kinds of learning fun. Where we live, it rains a lot inContinue Reading
Any season has fun activities for kids and kindergarten readiness but spring seems especially appropriate. After all, it’s the season for new growth. And speaking of new, lots of baby animals are born in the spring. Kids seem fascinated with baby animals, even just in pictures. One of my favorite spring songs is all aboutContinue Reading