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Music and Early Literacy

How does singing help teach children early literacy skills?

  • Our brains are uniquely wired to respond to music, from before the time we are born.
  • Because singing is interactive, it involves even the youngest children in language.
  • Children learn language through repetition, and as songs are repeated the rhythm of the words is internalized.
  • Singing 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.
  • The only things we remember word-for-word from our childhoods, are childhood songs and some rhymes!



6 early reading skills

What are the six early reading skills?

  • Vocabulary– Knowing the names of things
  • Print motivation– Being interested in and enjoying books
  • Print awareness– Noticing print, how to handle a book, how to follow words on a page
  • Letter knowledge– Knowing letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds
  • Narrative Skills– Being able to describe things and events and tell stories
  • Phonological awareness– Being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words