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Singing and Memory

Singing and Memory

Children tend to remember information better when they sing it than when it’s spoken. Singing also helps children to better hear the smaller sounds in words and the rhythm of language. Think about some common children's rhymes like Mary Had a Little Lamb and how it really slows language down. Songs also have rare words that we don't often use in regular day-to-day conversation, like cockle shells or tuffet. Singing helps to introduce children to more vocabulary and makes learning fun! Even if you don't have a great singing voice, your child loves your voice, and will have fun listening to you and singing along with you. Here are some ideas to help introduce song into your day:

  • What songs do you remember from your childhood? Sing some with your child.
  • Use a well-known melody to sing a conversation. (Sing a conversation to the tune of one of your favorite songs).
  • Share your favorite music with your child and sing to them. 
  • Sing songs during everyday transitions, like getting ready for bed, or getting ready to leave the house. 
  • Use a well known melody to sing about what you're doing (Sing about chopping vegetables, driving, cleaning up, etc., to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, or Frere Jacques).
  • Sing a book. Singing books make them even more fun and helps children remember them.

Here are some books that you can sing that are available at the library: