Set the learning to music! This book is suitable for anyone raising children, or anyone involved in schooling or in libraries. Teeming with information pertaining to early childhood literacy in regard
to music, this book can be used with “toddlers and twos” to
help with language acquisition. What they learn from this
book can only enrich their future classroom experiences.
In the introduction, the authors discuss the power of music and the benefits that come along with singing rhymes, songs and chants to children. And anyone,
in spite of their ability (or lack thereof) to sing, can utilize the tips in the introduction. For example, the authors list useful tips for talking with non-speakers, tips to use with beginning speakers, and tips to use with more advanced speakers.
The bulk of the book has traditional and newer songs, chants, and rhymes - more than 250 lyrical selections are inside.
Each them includes follow-up activities. Books for storytime are suggested
as are questions for reflections of the day and extension activities. An extension activity which helps develop gross motor skills has children walk an “ant” path, and they have to avoid stepping on the ants. They could also try the muffin toss under the theme
"Do You Know the Muffin Man?" Other extension activities involve art, and cognitive development in language and math. Outdoor activities and music and movement activities are suggested, as well.
With an easy-to-follow structure, appendix and index, the information contained within is accessible and convenient to use.
Children will think they are being entertained! Really, they will be learning.
Pam Schiller, who has written over thirty books, and Thomas Moore, who has produced recordings for children, have written a book filled with a treasury of songs, which can be enjoyed and utilized with children - for learning, and for fun.