Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

SingSinging is one of the most adaptable tools when working with young children. From memorizing the days of the week to learning a phone number, songs have the magical quality of sticking in the brains of all who happen to hear them.

Educators are making use of the power of song in developing literacy skills in the classroom. EBLI, or Evidenced Based Literacy Instruction, is a method being adopted by many schools. It begins with the familiar process of breaking words into syllables, and then breaks each syllable into each of its letter sounds. Parents may remember clapping out a word to find the number of syllables, but singing is also an excellent method of separating out syllables. Children will learn to identify a new syllable by the changing notes in the words.

Practice singing new words together. Stretch them out slowly to hear each letter sound. This helps children understand that words are made up of separate sounds, and that each letter helps to build a word. By introducing fun strategies at an early age, you help your child get ready for reading and for school.

— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake Branch


This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


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Ali is a Collection Development Paraprofessional at KDL. She loves cookbooks and memoirs.

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