Sing a Little Song

Singing will improve your mood and will also help your child strengthen his or her prereading skills. OPL has lots of songs in books, cd and online formats for you to try.

musical notesSinging is fun but research has found that it is more than just that; it is also good for your health, lowering stress and releasing endorphins that create a feeling of pleasure.  Singing with your children will make you happy regardless of your musical abilities.  And there is even more reason to sing with them, it puts them on the road to reading success.  How?  Singing helps children, even ones who are very young, hear the sounds that make up words. Researchers call this phonological awareness.  Being able to hear distinct sounds helps children recognize those sounds and syllables when they are learning how to read.

Oakland Public Library can help you find songs and make singing fun in several ways:

copy of book coverWe have a collection of songbooks, many of which include the tune and lyrics in the back.  You can find them in our nonfiction collections under the 782 call number.  One of my favorites is The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort.

 

copy of cd coverWe also have collections of music CDs that you can borrow.  They range from lullabies for babies to the Frozen soundtrack.  Come and check them out!

Finally, we have a new music service, Freegal that lets you download and stream music from popular artists.  For music especially created for kids, click on “genres” on the bar at the top of the page, and then select “Children’s Music.”

As always, all of these materials and services are free, so check them out and let your voices soar!

Comments

YES! Here's some research to

YES! Here's some research to back up the idea that singing is good for us:

http://singfit.com/clinical-research-on-the-benefits-of-singing/

http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00334/abstract

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/09/200390454/when-choirs-sing-ma...

If I remember correctly, some of that research indicated that beneficial health effects were seen (lower stress - measured by cortisol levels) even if it's jointly singing nursery rhymes, and even if a person sings off-key -- it isn't just choral music.

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