Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Using Song in Reading

I have found that with small children you can engage them more readily if you are using rhyme, rhythm or song. Froggie Went A-Courtin’ by Iza Trapani is a delight for our family not because the story is amazing or powerful but because you sing the story. I have read this book over and over and checked it out from the library so many times I should have purchased it by now. The children love it because when you sing a song it makes it easier to memorize and then they feel like they too can read the book. Little children love song and learn through song and so reading a book that you can sing is a valuable reading tool. Iza Trapani has written many other stories you can sing too, for example The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Row Row Row your boat. Find stories you can sing and your children will sit to listen. It’s a way of holding the attention of those whose attention span rivals that of a gnat.

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