Songs are an instrumental part of storytimes. Why?
Miss Rory explained:
Sharing songs is more than fun--music's rhythms and rhymes help children develop the knack of distinguishing between different sounds. When we sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," the children love the fingerplay aspect of it...but they're also hearing the subtle phonic differences between "star" and "are" / "high" and "sky."
Miss Niki observed that kids are eager to participate and play along when there's music, and they are more engaged when they all sing live rather than with a CD.
So what can you do? Mr. Andy suggests:
It’s easier to remember words when they’re put to music – which you already know if you can remember all the words to “Daydream Believer” or “Sweet Caroline” but can’t recall how to change the TV from the DVD setting to cable TV and back again.
So, try putting a chore or process that your little one can’t seem to remember to music - things like hand-washing, taking off shoes when coming inside, putting dirty dishes in the sink, etc. – and see if they don’t “stick” in your child’s brain just a bit better!