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Music's role in Early Literacy
By Cheryl Morales, PPLC Executive Director

Parents, librarians, teachers, and caregivers know that children love music. Babies are soothed by lullabies, while active toddlers create music with found objects like pots and pans, cups, and their own hands. Whether making up songs or dancing as they move from place to place, children have a rhythm to their lives. Recent research in education, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience affirms that music is not only an innate human behavior, but also essential for building early literacy skills.

Both the Born To Read and the Every Child Ready to Read initiatives from the American Library Association pinpoint singing (and rhyming) as one of the ways to increase children's awareness of sensitivity to the sounds in words. These activities help prepare children to "decode" printed words when they see them.

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Some of the ways that music enhances early childhood literacy skills include the following:

  • Teaching a variety of language skills.
  • Creating a positive attitude toward learning.
  • Improving attention and memory.
  • Developing critical and complex forms of thinking, including abstract thinking, by involving multiple parts of the brain.

How you can use music and rhyming to increase your child's motivation, awareness, skills, and begin building their vocabulary:

  • Say and sing nursery rhymes.
  • Make up silly words and songs that focus on sound.
  • Encourage mimicking and making sounds.

For more information on Early Literacy in Pinellas County go to: http://www.pplc.us/borntoread.shtml or contact Deborah Cooney at the PPLC Office: 727.441.8408.

 

Books of interest @ Your Public Library!

  • Hi ho librario! — songs, chants, and stories to keep kids humming by Freeman, Judy.
  • The Mozart effect for children — awakening your child's mind, health, and creativity with music by Don G. Campbell
  • 101 music games for children — fun and learning with rhythm and song by Jerry Storms.
  • Show-me-how I can make music — simple-to-make and fun-to-play musical instruments for young children by Michael Purton.
  • Smart-wiring your baby's brain — what you can do to stimulate your child during the critical first three years by Winifred Conkling.
  • Teach your kids about music — an activity handbook for parents and teachers using children's literature by Ruby Chroninger.

DVD's of interest @ Your Public Library!

  • Classical baby The music show.
  • Connect through music: musical activities to enjoy together at home.
  • The Wiggles. You make me feel like dancing learn to move to the music!

 

Library Closings for September 1, 2014:

  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
  • Clearwater Public Libraries
  • Deaf Literacy Centers
  • Dunedin Public Library
  • East Lake Community Public Library
  • Gulf Beaches Public Library
  • Gulfport Public Library
  • Largo Public Library
  • Oldsmar Public Library
  • Palm Harbor Public Library
  • Safety Harbor Public Library
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library
  • St. Petersburg Public Libraries
  • Seminole Community Public Library
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library

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