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Sing - Babies

  • Play musical recordings or instruments for your child. Give your baby a rattle or jingle bell to play along! Not only does music help children feel safe and ready to learn, it also develops spatial-temporal reasoning and higher-level cognitive abilities, such as using imagination, tolerating ambiguity, and understanding differing concepts.
  • Look for board books that are adapted from a popular nursery rhyme or song and sing the book to your baby. Your librarian is happy to help you find some great titles!
  • Clap or tap on your baby’s palm while singing or saying a rhyme – one syllable per tap! This self-regulated movement increases focused learning, develops motor skills, and improves memory.


Bintrim, L. 2014. “Reading to the beat. Music and early literacy skills.” Upstart. Retrieved from

Eisner, E. W. 2002. Arts and the Creation of the Mind.  Yale University Press.  New Haven, CT.

Paquette, K. R. & Rieg, S. 2008. “Using Music to Support the Literacy Development of Young English Language Learners.”  Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(3): 227–232.

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