What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn about how singing and clapping along to music supports reading readiness in your child.
It's December and that means lots and lots of holiday music playing on the car radio, filling the crowded stores and of course, getting firmly stuck in your head. If you're the parent of a child 0 to 5, use this holiday phenomenon to your child's advantage. Sing and clap along to those holiday tunes at every opportunity and help your little one get ready to read.
Singing breaks words down into smaller parts. This makes it easier for children to hear the individual syllables in words. Being able to hear those smaller sounds will make learning to read much easier. Teaching your child to clap out those syllables is a reinforcing tool that works wonderfully. You can accomplish this without the music by spending a few minutes each day clapping or snapping or stomping out the syllables in words.
While encouraging her to clap along to Frosty the Snowman is simply fun, asking an 18 month old to clap out the word "cat-er-pil-lar" might be expecting too much. However, teaching a 3 to 5 year-old to clap out syllables in common words is appropriate and highly effective. So fill a bag or box with a few different toys or household items and work with your child to clap out each word. Start with short words and work up to the longer ones like caterpillar, or mistletoe, or red-nosed reindeer. Hey, you’re going to be listening to it for a few more weeks so make the most of it and set your child up for reading success!
On the off chance that you’re not getting enough of those holiday tunes, be sure to check out Freegal and the many other music resources available on our website.