Songs

What Makes Christmas Magical for Kids? Part Two: Songs

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. They become associated with all the excitement of the holiday season. What special songs are favorites for you and your child at Christmas?

What Makes Childhood Magical? Part 11: Singing

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 video … Continue reading What Makes Childhood Magical? Part 11: Singing

Goodbye Winter, Hello Springtime Song For Fun & Learning

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 the … Continue reading Goodbye Winter, Hello Springtime Song For Fun & Learning

Reindeer-Pokey and Other Christmas Songs for Kids

Christmas music is everywhere these days, so while we enjoy it, we can also use it for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness with young children. Part of the fun this time of year is singing. We’ve all heard Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer many times but kids haven’t. The repetition … Continue reading Reindeer-Pokey and Other Christmas Songs for Kids

Halloween Songs for Fun, Learning and Kindergarten Readiness

To make sure that there’s plenty of time to, er… enjoy … Halloween songs, and for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness, here are some to sing over and over. Simple ones are easy to sing and action songs give a chance to try out some Halloween moves. Halloween Tens 1 little, 2 little, 3 little … Continue reading Halloween Songs for Fun, Learning and Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness: Fall Songs and Fingerplays

Do you remember any fall songs or fingerplays to do with your child? These are simple fun and learning activities that encourage kindergarten readiness. These can be done in quick minutes as you pour breakfast cereal, wash a face or zip up a jacket. Kids learn new words, language patterns, and rhythm. They stretch their … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness: Fall Songs and Fingerplays

Pirate Fun Activities For Kids #11: Pirate Songs

For today’s pirate play-of-the-day for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness, kids can use a treasure that’s buried deep inside–their voices! The tune is familiar to many but the words are different. This goes to Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes. The action in the last line of each verse can be changed to lots of … Continue reading Pirate Fun Activities For Kids #11: Pirate Songs

Campfire Songs Boost Kindergarten Readiness

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 a … Continue reading Campfire Songs Boost Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness/Early Learning – Minding P’s and Q’s

While working on writing posts for kindergarten readiness and early learning for each alphabet letter, p and q reminded me of the expression “minding your p’s and q’s.” This expression refers to minding your manners, and manners are an important part of social skills. Young children will begin spending time away from their parents, in … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness/Early Learning – Minding P’s and Q’s