Singing 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:
We 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.
We 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!