We too are tired of having Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stuck in our heads. But don't stop singing with your child! Singing is a great early literacy tool that develops many prereading skills.
According to research, "The size of a child’s vocabulary and his or her ability to discriminate sounds are strong predictors of how easily a child will learn to read when exposed to formal instruction" (FMI Adams, M., Foorman, B., Lundberg, I., and Beeler, T. (2002) Phonemic Awareness in Young Children. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. Baltimore, MD.). And songs are chockful of what early childhood educators call "rich words" - another way of saying great vocabulary words. Examples of rich words in holiday songs:
- corncob pipe
Other research shows that "Singing is a fun way for students to learn that letter sounds can be manipulated and recombined to create many spoken words" - which helps them understand how to break words down into smaller pieces when learning to read. When you sing, you break words into syllables and sing them on different notes - "Dash-ing through the snow, on a one horse o-pen sleigh..."
If you're tired of doing all the singing, bring them to one of our drop-in storytimes!