Posted on 19th October 2015
This is definitely something that parents contemplate and worry about. If you want your child to learn to play an instrument you will be thinking about the right time for music lessons. The answer to this question is not easy and it is not the same for every child. There are a lot of factors to consider before you should enroll your child in a formal music class.
Music lessons don't always have to be the formal class settings that we think they are. Babies in the womb and infants can have music lessons when parents play music or sing to them. This is already a time when they are learning about music. This is why it is also important to expose your kids to music from the womb or at an early age as possible.
Another form of music lessons is when a child starts to participate in singing and dancing activities at home or at a nursery class. The teacher will not get mad if they don't sing the song the proper way but the goal is to have them participate in their own way. These music sessions are all about having fun with a group and having fun with music.
The 3rd type of music lessons is the formal one. This is when kids have an actual music teacher and they follow a schedule. There is a progression in terms of what kind of music lessons children should be attending. But the fact remains that children will be ready at different times. Children who show natural musical aptitude and love for music will be ready before others.
Parents should also consider the maturity or capability of their child to take instruction. Formal music lessons means that the student has to sit still, concentrate, listen, practice, and practice some more. This requires a certain level of maturity and growth on a child's part and kids will develop this at different ages.
Perhaps the most important thing to think about is the reason behind the music lessons. Many parents may be pushing their kids to take music lessons for their own reasons. There is such a thing as parental peer pressure and it happens a lot in the music lesson setting. Responding to peer pressure is rarely a good thing and parents need to be careful.
In most cases, the main reason behind music lessons should be because the child wants to do it. That initial desire and commitment is very important. Many children stop playing an instrument when they get older because they were forced into it and once they had the choice they stopped. If a child wants learn and do the hard work and have fun then please let them do it.
On the other side of the argument, some parents will need to step in and give their child a push. Not all children who were forced to play an instrument keep on hating it. Some grow to love it. Some even become more mature and learn important life skills because of it. But there is a very delicate line and balance to this and the parent will have to determine what to do.
Victor Wooten, an award winning musician, talks about how he learned to play music in his family.
We never really gave an answer as to when you should enroll your child in music lessons. But hopefully these ideas can give you a better understanding of the perfect time. We hope this helped and we hope that you and your child continue to enjoy great music together.
Posted on 5th October 2015
Watching a musical live in a theater is a completely different experience that cannot be compared to a movie. The entire spectacle of the stage, the performance, and the story is something that everyone should see at least once in their life and more if they can. Now most Broadway shows are great for the whole family but if you are not careful you may be bringing your child to a show that is more mature than you thought it was.
So if you want to expose your children to the lights, the sounds, and the glamour of the broadway stage pick a show that will truly make it memorable and wonderful. Children love to watch performances and a broadway show is definitely a show that you'll want them to remember and enjoy.
Not every city or country has an active or a strong theatrical presence. Also, other cultures may have their own form of stage presentation which may or may not appeal to the citizens of that country more. So when we say broadway show, we mean a show that has appeared on Broadway in New York but can and has been performed in other parts of the world.
The Lion King is the first play on the list. Everyone is most likely familiar with the movie and the play has its own spectacular elements. There are also different songs between the show and the movie. But if this show ever comes to your city it is worth spending a little extra to go see it with your kids.
Aladdin is also one of the more recent broadway musicals. This show started running in 2011 and is still going strong today. This means that you might get lucky and it might come to your area.
Cinderella is one more Disney movie that has come to Broadway. It has been well received and is a show worth watching with your little ones.
Matilda is now a musical and we loved the movie and the book very much so if the show comes to us we will definitely watch it. We also don't want to get locked up in the "chokee" for not watching it.
Mamma Mia is a fun and fabulous experience with the family. The disco themes and the costumes are certainly out of this world.
Beauty and the Beast may not be running anymore on Broadway but plenty of other performing guilds can pick it up and perform it. This is also a play that many schools can perform.
Jersey Boys is another great show. If you want to share some great 60s music with your kids this is a show you must see.
Wicked is definitely a show that everyone in the family has to watch. This is one of the newest shows that have become such a huge hit.
Not all great shows in Broadway follow the musical show format. There are plenty of other shows that grace the stage and they are also not to be missed.
Stomp is a great show filled with percussive beats and dancing. There may not be a story but the music and performance is incredible.
The Blue Man Group is another funny act that must be seen live. These amazing performers are funny and talented, it is a real treat to see them on the stage.
Cirque du Soleil is a performing company that travels all over the world to perform. These acrobats are world class and if they come to your city make sure you are able to watch them.
A lot of these shows are available in the United States or in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately not all countries have a huge and established theater industry. If you get to watch these shows then great. But the best thing to do is to support your local artists and performers. If they put on a show with one of the plays we have on the list then go and watch them. But if they choose a show that is a little bit older or maybe not as popular please still watch them. The whole experience can be a treasured memory in your child's mind.
Posted on 19th September 2015
The use of Music as a tool for therapy is increasing around the world. There have been many studies conducted about music and the findings support the idea that music is good for everyone. Music Therapy is a specific form of treatment conducted by a licensed and qualified practitioner. Good taste in music does not necessarily qualify one to be a music therapist. But having a background in music is a strong requirement.
This doesn't mean that you cannot use music as a form of personal therapy. Your favorite songs will almost always help you feel better. The right song at the right time can do many things for those who are listening.
Music can boost your energy levels providing a much needed push if you need to focus and do something that requires energy. In almost any sort of setting where physical activity is being done you will find that the music is of the upbeat and energetic kind.
If relaxation and meditation is the order of the day then pop in some calming and soothing music. This can help you get into the zone where you find peaceful relaxation and calm. The perfect example for these 2 different instances where music is used as a form of therapy is at the gym. At the beginning of the exercise session the instructor will normally play fast music. Music that gets you in the mood to move and push and exert effort. Music that energizes you. Towards the end, when you have reached the cool down period, the playlist will switch to slower and calmer music. Our brain automatically reacts to the type of music it hears and our bodies follow as well.
In these situations the form of Music Therapy is quite simple and is used to bring about a desired reaction from our brains and our body. The different types of music tells us when it is time step on the gas and get ready to sweat, and when we need to slow down, breathe, and rest.
Clinical Music Therapy is not as simple as this and requires a more specialized approach. Currently Music Therapy is being used in many different medical areas to help individuals who have different needs.
Music Therapy helps children with different specialized needs. A music therapist may work with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD. It increases attention and focus because of its structured nature. Music has also been found to be good for children or adults with Autism.
Music Therapy can also help alleviate physical pain. Many hospitals have started using music as part of their treatment for cancer patients. They have found music can help a patient deal with physical pain. It can also be used for helping people deal with great emotional pain and depression.
This Ted Talk about Music Therapy briefly yet powerfully talks about the power of music and why it has been used as a way of healing.
Even the now famous band, Imagine Dragons has contributed their time to patients in a hospital. They performed their famous song, Radioactive, at Primary Children's Hospital in Utah.
If you want to learn more about Music Therapy please ask a qualified professional. We are happy to see that music is being used in medicine to help so many. Music is indeed a gift and we are happy to have received it and hope to continue to share it with everyone.
Posted on 5th September 2015
Listening is not just simply hearing a person talking or hearing a sound. Real listening is a skill and it needs to be developed. Babies begin to learn words and sounds because they hear it from their parents and environment. As they get older they hear more sounds and they learn more. This is why listening to quality music is important.
"Quality Music" can be different for everyone, but there are some studies that mention a specific type of music that is great for babies and kids when it comes to improving their listening skills.
Classical music, according to research looks to be the best genre to listen to if someone wants to develop their listening skills. Of course, listening to music already contributes to strengthening this skill, but Classical Music has been the most widely used type of music in these studies and it has proven to be very effective.
3 Listening Skills that are strengthened by listening to music
Active Listening is the first skill that we come to. Active listening means that we are fully engaged in the act of listening. There are several things we should be doing in order to be actively listening.
- Eye Contact and facing the speaker is very important. This helps us focus on the speaker.
- No talking on the part of the listener. We should also mention minimizing or eliminating other sounds that may distract us from listening.
- Giving attention to the message of the words and also looking at the body language of the speaker.
- Empathizing with the message is how we reply in active listening. This shows that we have understood the message and are responding.
Concentration is the next skill. The more you and your kids practice listening to the lyrics of a song or the arrangement of the instruments the more we are exercising our concentration. Concentrating helps us focus. Whether it is school, work, or play time concentrating on the activity in front of us will help ensure that we do our best.
Empathy is another important skill. When you empathize with someone you don't necessarily agree with them. Empathizing means that you are responding in an appropriate manner based on your understanding of what you heard.
All this talk seems to be quite technical and boring but we actually do this every time we communicate well with someone. When your child is actively listening to you they are doing their best to understand what you are saying. If we did this all the time then we would have a more harmonious life with everyone.
So please do listen to music with your kids. Listen to songs that you both like and sometimes listen to songs that you don't enjoy as much. Talk about the words, and the story or meaning behind them.
Listening to music to improve your listening skills doesn't always mean that you have to choose Classical Music, or a specific genre of music. The best way that babies and toddlers learn is through play so choose fun songs that you and your little one can listen to. The more we practice listening the better we will be at it.
Posted on 19th August 2015
We have all tried using music to affect our mood or our child's mood. In the morning we play upbeat songs to wake ourselves up and help us get ready for the day. At night we generally listen to slower songs so that we start winding down. Such is the power of music that we use it to set the tone of our next activity or mode.
Music can be used to set the tone of the day or the next activity for your child too. Of course we don't mean that you have to wake your slumbering baby with loud music. If time permits, allow them to wake up on their own. Let them enjoy their sleep even though they may not necessarily let you enjoy yours. When they are awake and its time to exercise or get ready to go to school playing some fun upbeat music can help get them in the mood. Don't forget to continue the singing and dancing in the car but make sure that you are not too distracted if you are driving.
We use music to help us express our emotions and to put is in the mood. Our children are no different and finding the right mix of music to play throughout the day can help you and your child get through a full day's work and play.
Studies have reinforced the general notion that music affects our senses and the way we feel. The type of music we listen to can have a positive or a negative effect on our mood. When it is time to be active play fast and upbeat songs. Kids in school love to stand up and start dancing when they hear a fun song. It is also good to try playing these songs if they are feeling down. It may just be what they need to make them their own cheery self again.
But one of the best uses for music that we have found is when we have a fussy or cranky child. We have a playlist of lullabies and gentle soothing music and we just start playing those. They don't have to be loud, in fact, setting them as background music can have an even better effect on children. Subconsciously their brains will still hear the music and their brains will react to the calming music.
When we hear or feel music, our brains and bodies instinctively try to match the rhythms and the beat. This is why you'll often find that you have been tapping your toes or swaying along to the music. If you have never paid close attention to how your body reacts instinctively to music make a mental note to observe how your body rhythm changes. You can also do a little experiment with your babies or toddlers. Look at their body language when you play certain songs.
Of course, music will not work all the time and it may not be easy to remember to play soothing music when you are stressed out because of your child. Using music in stressful situations is quite similar to music being used as therapy. You may have to take some time to determine which songs actually help calm your child. Not all children will enjoy lullabies. We have seen some kids immediately calm down and go to sleep to rock music. So every child will have that special song. The trick is to discover the song as soon as possible so you can use it.
The next time your little one becomes testy or fussy try playing a familiar song that you play or sing. Songs that they hear during nap time or bedtime may work the best. Use the same trick to help you relax too. Remember that music soothes the fussy child or the savage beast, or the stressed out parent.
Posted on 5th August 2015
The world is no longer as wholesome a place as it was when we were young. We stand by this statement at the risk of sounding old and conservative. Wholesome music is still around but it is no longer what we hear on the radio. The popular songs today have very different themes and they are not always appropriate for children.
We can't say that we do not enjoy the music that is popular today but it is very hard to enjoy it when we have our kids with us and they are singing to a song that talks mainly about materialism, sex, drugs, and violence.
Let us be clear that we are not telling parents how they should raise their child. We are not telling parents what songs they should or should not let their child listen to. What we want to advocate is the idea that parents need to pay attention to the songs that their kids hear. On the radio, on the TV, and even on their child's personal music devices. By paying attention to the words of the song parents can get a sense of what their kids are being exposed to. This can lead to better understanding between parent and child and even a new avenue of bonding.
Understand your child more.
You may discover that your child's musical preferences are similar to yours. This means that you can share your favorite musicians with each other. If a child understands that they are able to talk freely about their music to their parents then a new avenue of great communication is opened up in the family.
If you do find that your child's favorite songs contain objectionable material you may also want to consider a few things before you start banning their song. Censoring is not the best solution and taking away a favorite song can result in a difficult time at home. It is a good idea to talk to your kids about their song choice. Give them a chance to tell you why they like the song. Talking about these things can lead to greater understanding and may even help your child open up more.
We were kids too.
Parents would also do well to revisit some of the songs that their parents let them listen to as they grew up. They might be surprised at the content of those songs too. The 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s were not always a place of clean lyrics. So parents today can say that we were among the first to be exposed to mature themes in music as we grew up. Of course, they were mostly more subtle than they are today.
We also need to avoid the bias of every generation. The idea that the past was much better and more wholesome is not always true. This idea can be argued back and forth but if we really want a better place for our children then we should just start looking at the present and see what we can do to make it better.
We hope that everyone gets to enjoy the music that they like in a positive way. We also hope that the music being created today and tomorrow continues to educate, enlighten, inspire, and encourage our children.
Posted on 19th July 2015
Music, singing, playing musical instruments, all of these are wonderful for children and are tremendously important in a child's development. We must not forget that dancing is also another crucial activity that kids should participate in. We want to take the time to talk about dancing and its many benefits for children.
Dancing, much like singing is innate in everyone. Even if you have two left feet you still move them to a song that you enjoy. Most of us as adults do not dance or sing. We only do these things at home, when no one is around. But children do not possess the same fears or inhibitions as we do. This is why they are able to learn so much.
Dancing is a workout.
When you dance you move your body. The more you dance the more you move and the more you move the more you exercise. Many children today are overweight or do not get enough exercise. Dancing is a great way for them to use their hands, feet, and body to get healthy.
Dancing is also a great alternative to sports. They both require lots of physical exertion and movement. If your child does not show any inclination for sports they may be more receptive about dancing.
Dancing helps kids develop a lot of stuff.
We say a lot of stuff because dancing does help a child learn many things. When a child dances in class they are learning about their bodies. They get to explore its limits and its capabilities. They'll soon find that they can hop, jump, twist, bop, shuffle, shimmy, slide, and do more. The more familiar they are the more they'll be dancing.
As they learn about their body movement, a child's brain is also working on some other stuff. Children learn that they can express themselves with a wave of their hand. Children are able to express themselves through dance. Dance classes will also instill discipline and hard work on its students. Skills that are important for a child to develop and strengthen.
In a dance class setting, a child will learn about dancing with others in a group, or with a partner. Social bonding and teamwork go hand in hand in dance lessons and your kids will certainly benefit from learning how to be with others and how to contribute to the community.
Dancing fosters creativity and self development in children.
Whether they are exposed to dancing or not, children will have a natural tendency to move when they hear certain sounds. Adults do this when they tap their feet to a moving beat. A child that is comfortable with their body will dance and experiment with their own movement. Kids develop their own dances all the time because they are incredibly creative.
Dancing can also help a child become more mature and emotionally equipped. Being able to express your joy, excitement, anger, or frustration through movement is something we all need to do. By realizing that they do not have to shout or have a tantrum because they can release all of this tension in their dance, children can decide to use dance as a true form of expression for their feelings.
If you child continues to progress in dance and eventually attends a more formal dance school then recitals and performances can help boost their self esteem and confidence. By being on stage or performing in front of others they are learning how to express themselves in public. Another skill that is great to develop.
One more note we have about dancing is that dancing is not just for girls. Boys benefit just us much in dance as girls do. There is still a lingering idea that dancing is an activity best left for girls. If your son loves to dance please allow him to explore that desire.
The best place to start dancing is at home. Silly dances, swaying and slow dancing with your children can get them started. You can even use some of the action songs we have to help you start dancing. As you see your children dance you may even be encouraged to get up off of your feet and get on the dance floor too.
Posted on 5th July 2015
Musicals are no longer as popular as they used to be. The art of the song and dance routine no longer draws the crowd it once did. But musicals certainly aren't dead. They are still alive and kicking, you just need to know where to get them.
Get your kids hooked on musicals at an early age. There are many older musicals that are still great for children to see. Although, we understand if you are quite tired of it. After all, you or someone in your house probably watched it 200 times a day. Keep in mind that your parents suffered through it and if it makes your kids happy then you may just have to go through it too.
Our list is not going to be ranked and will not be arranged in any order of preference. But they are on this list because we believe that they are geared for children, have positive values, and are over all great movies to watch no matter how long ago or how recent they were released. Be warned that we may gush about a certain movie due to the emotional attachment and love we have for them. Trips down memory lane can and will probably happen.
Sound of Music Obviously, this would be present on a list like this. This movie is truly one of the classics that should not be missed. If you don't have a copy it isn't difficult to find a neighbor or a friend who does. Just don't blame us if "The Hills come alive to the sound of music" everyday, 3 times a day.
Annie Little orphan Annie has been adopted into countless homes and hearts over the years. There is a remake of Annie and it will be released on December 19, 2014. This is the best time to introduce the original to your kids.
Little Mermaid Show this movie and you may find yourself dancing once again to Sebastian's Caribbean beats. Another must see movie for your kids.
Wizard of Oz The witch can be a little terrifying to some kids but the whole movie is absolutely great. The yellow brick road is a great place to travel with your little ones.
High School Musical This is one of the more modern musicals and it is for more older kids. Nevertheless this musical is fun and even younger children enjoy singing and dancing to the songs.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flying cars and a funny baron who loves big toys. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was one of our favorites growing up.
The Lion King We are not even sure why we have to add this one to the list. We are pretty sure everyone has their own copy or has shown this to their kids. But just in case, here it is on our list.
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins was able to get us to drink down some pretty bitter medicine and that feat alone cements her place in this list. Of course it is also another great movie that must not be missed.
Blue's Big Musical Movie What can we say, we love Blues Clues too and we are happy that he has his own movie musical so we think that you and your little one should watch it, at least once.
Dora the Explorer - Move to the Music Dora is not our generation but she is certainly present in our living rooms as our little one goes exploring with her during TV time. So give them a treat and let them see her movie too.
Sesame Street Elmopalooza Another movie that parents may not readily identify with. Elmo has effectively take over Sesame Street, hence the name in the movie title. But Sesame Street is always about fun and singing and dancing and learning so it goes on the list.
Enchanted We love this modern princess story where the princess gets to save the day and save the "prince". We are also hoping that playing the "Working Song" will persuade our kids to clean up the house.
We have 12 movies on our list. That is a lot of movies and if our kids are like us when we were young 12 is plenty because these movies will be watched over and over and over and over again. We hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to make your own.
Posted on 19th June 2015
We have many articles talking about the importance of music in a child's development. This is another one but this time we talk about what parents can do and should be doing for their child. Parents should be singing to and singing with their children.
Studies have established that music is important in helping kids develop many skills. According to researcher and author, Sally Goddard Blythe, music is an important precursor to success in education and emotional maturity. She further explains that song are a special type of speech. The lullabies, songs and rhymes of different cultures carry the
signature melodies and inflections of a mother tongue. This prepares a child's ear, voice and brain to learn their language. Particularly highlighted in Sally Goddard Blythe's book, The Genius of Natural Childhood, is the idea or the fact that there are numerous benefits to a baby when their parents sing to them. She says in her book,
Children's response to live music is different from recorded music. Babies are particularly responsive when the music comes directly from the parent. Singing along with a parent is for the development of reciprocal communication.
Here are some of the benefits that children get when we sing songs to them:
Bonding through music.
Parents and children can bond in different ways and while they are young, music is one of the best ways to do that. A song can easily capture our attention, hold it, and give us a wonderful moment with its notes, rhythms, and beats. Your child can share this special moment with you and when they hear the song again they will feel comforted and even happy because there is an emotional connection with you and the song.
Helps children develop language and movement skills.
We have mentioned that researchers have a host of evidence supporting the idea that music helps language development in children. The sounds of the language are present in the song and the child hears it and the brain absorbs it. Many therapists use music as a tool to help patients strengthen language deficiencies. The evidence is quite clear that music is important in a child's life.
Let us also not forget about dancing. Many children love to dance and it is a great way for them to explore using their bodies. Physical exercise is important for everybody and while kids are not able to go to gym or play a sport proficiently enough they can certainly get down to the beat. Plus dancing kids are just so cute.
Learning through the song.
Old McDonald had a farm and majority of us adults learned the names and sounds of the animals because we sang along to it. Your kids will do the same thing so singing these songs to them can make learning fun. It is also a good idea to establish that you are a partner in their learning experience. They'll love sharing learning experiences with you and you get to see firsthand how your child grows.
There are other hidden lessons learned when kids listen to you singing. Their listening skills are being enhanced and they are learning to pay attention to you. Their brain also starts picking apart the music that they hear. Differentiating instruments, identifying changes in beat, tempo, and rhythm. Some kids will even be able to sense the entire structure of the song and be able to understand that there are different elements in the music.
Emotional and social experiences.
Different songs can help set different moods or modes. If your child is upset letting them hear a familiar lullaby or soothing song can help them calm down. If they have lots of energy and it is dancing time then start playing their favourite upbeat tune. They can do this at home and they can do this in school or during play dates with other kids. Either way, being able to sing with others helps them be comfortable around others and recognize that they have a community around them.
Singing is a healthy habit for everyone to develop and it is even more important for kids to develop. Sing to them, sing with them and if you are up for it, dance with them too. Make the most out of the time you have with them, while they are still small and filled with wonderful music.
Posted on 5th June 2015
Listening to children's songs are good for kids but sometimes the poor parents need a break too. Another solution would be to find kids songs that kids and adults can listen to for long periods of time. There are a lot of musicians out there who have wonderful music for kids and are quite easy on the ears for us older folk. But one of the musician's we think about when it comes to songs like this is Raffi.
Now please note that we are not highlighting Raffi to convince you to buy any of his music. We are simply recommending a wonderful musicians work that we enjoy and think that you and your child will enjoy too.
Raffi was very popular from the 1970s all the way to the 1990s. As kids back then we grew up to his songs, perhaps that is why many parents today don't mind hearing his children's songs again.
His songs are definitely worth getting for your child today. They are educational, silly and fun, and filled with positive themes. You can easily get a copy of his songs and albums today. Or you may even be able to find an old cassette tape of his. That would really be a trip down memory lane for a lot of us if we did that.
Raffi has not really done any high profile music albums for children these past few years. He has focused on his role as president of Troubadour Music Inc., a company he founded to produce and promote his work. He is also a leading advocate for social and environmental causes. Raffi has devoted himself to Child Honouring. He has been honored for his work and has come to be known as "Canada's all time children's champion."
His mission in life is encouraging and he has shown that he is sincere with the work he is doing now and the songs that he has written over the years.
If you have never heard of Raffi or any of his songs then give 1 of his many albums a try. According to Amazon his most popular album to date is Baby Beluga. We have the lyrics and it is a fun song about a baby whale. Great for teaching kids about animals and nature. His silly songs also make use of different sounds so that your child practices saying them a lot when they sing along. His other hugely popular songs are Apples and Bananas and Down by the Bay.
You can find him singing on Youtube a lot so don't think that you have to buy his albums. Take the time to listen to him with your child and if they like it then maybe you should consider spending money for his album.
As far as children's music goes Raffi's songs are quite timeless and still on the top of many parents' lists.
Posted on 19th May 2015
There are many benefits to having your child learn to play a musical instrument. They learn a valuable skill, they also develop other skills related to learning, like listening. But one of the most important factors of playing music is being able to have fun with the instrument.
Many parents have a strong desire for their kids to learn to play music. There are different reasons behind this desire and not all of them are always completely beneficial to a child. We love music and encourage everyone, especially children to learn an instrument but there is a balance between encouraging and forcing someone to learn how to play.
Here is a helpful guide that we can use to help our children enter the world of music and music lessons. Ask these questions before you have your little one take lessons. Each child is unique and these guidelines may not always fit with a child's personality so do keep this in mind.
Is your child ready?
We've all seen and heard child prodigies and it isn't very hard for us to wish or even imagine that our child could do the same thing. Let us not forget that our children only have a short time to be children. They will have different levels of development and different natural inclinations. Some kids might want to pick up a guitar right away and some may just never enjoy music the way a parent does. Recognizing this is very important.
Being ready to take music lessons is an important part of music learning. Some instruments may require a certain amount of strength or physical ability. Some kids may not be emotionally ready to commit to music lessons. If they aren't ready for musical instruments yet, you can encourage them with fun singing and dancing lessons.
What instrument do they want to learn?
Children always manage to surprise and when they tell you that they want to learn a certain musical instrument you may be surprised. Letting them choose the instrument to play is just as important as waiting for them to be ready. Many kids stop playing music because the instrument they are playing was not the one they wanted.
Exposing them to different instruments and different music is a good way for them to discover new musical instruments. Take them to concerts, have them listen to songs that have unique instruments, and show them these instruments too.
Let us also avoid gender stereotypes when it comes to music. The drums are not just for boys.
Take your child's personality and musical preference into consideration.
You know your child and you know if you need to push them or step back. You may also have some insight about the type of instrument they declare they want to learn. Talk to them about it first. If you play the same instrument then give them a trial lesson or a trial run so they can see if it is what they really want. Actually, being able to give them a trial run for any instrument they say they want to learn would be ideal.
As a toddler did your child bang on things a lot or were they always drawn to stringed instruments? Try to remember what instruments they were attracted to when they were really young and see if any of that preference stayed with them.
Does your child have a preferred genre of music already? Perhaps they have a favorite band or song? When he or she hears them do they mimic the guitar, the piano, the flute, or the violin the most? These little clues might help point your child to the instrument they want to play. They may not even want to play a musical instrument. They may prefer to sing or dance. Some kids may even choose to stay away from music altogether and pursue other interests.
Music lessons are not always fun and games.
Learning music is not always easy. There is hard work, long hours of practice, and moments of frustration involved. Many kids will naturally want to stop their lessons once they encounter these bumps. This is why letting them learn an instrument of their choosing is important.
This requires a more delicate balance of parental authority and childhood freedom. You know your child so you have to determine if you make them stick to the lessons or stop them altogether. Keep in mind that once they have reached a certain level of skill, the frustration and anxiety may drastically go down and even disappear completely.
Encourage them to keep up the lessons and let them have a break when it gets too much. Take them out for some ice cream or a day at the park and when you get back they may just be ready to play some more music.
Being able to make music is a gift to the world. We can help our kids add more music to our world. But we have to be careful and make sure that they are making music out of love and passion.
Posted on 5th May 2015
When society still gathered around the campfire everything important, everything that we had to know in life was passed on through storytelling and through songs. It is amazing that we have been able to pass so much information over the decades and centuries. Thanks to the memories or our ancestors we still have knowledge about our past.
Music has long been used as a tool to help people memorize facts, information, stories, and history. Studies have also found that music is a great tool to learn new information not just help us remember.
Many of the songs that we have here are great songs to use when you want your little one to learn the alphabet or about animals. There are so many things that they can learn about through songs and music.
Researchers have found that music stimulates different parts of the brain. Music or even just basic sound is able to hold our attention. Sound does more than just hold our attention. It also evokes emotion, even makes our brain think of visual images. Music also changes your mood. If you need to study, playing music that helps you study has been found to help you remember better.
Children learn the alphabet through singing and yet the singing lessons stop as we get older. The way our brain processes music or sound doesn’t change but the way we expose ourselves to learning and information changes. Singing your lesson as you get older can be considered weird or corny. But music has always been around, passing on information, messages, and stories.
Granted singing about Algebra and English grammar may be difficult but we can still make up our own little mnemonic songs to help our memory. Little children will make up their own songs with the sounds and the words that they learn. The more they do this the more they will remember them and know how to use them.
So let us keep singing songs to our kids because they will learn more. Sing songs about colors, letters, words, and animals. Sing songs about friendship, love, sharing, caring, and other positive traits. Do your best to monitor the words in the songs your kids listen to because the more they listen to a song the more it sticks to their brain.
Let us all keep singing songs to help our memory. It will take some practice, especially when we have to make up our own songs about things that we need to memorize. Just make sure you don’t sing a song about your password out loud or in public.
Posted on 17th April 2015
There are countless music apps for kids out there for your smartphone or tablet. It can be difficult to find a great music app that your kids enjoy and learn from. We scoured the Internet to see what the top picks are for music apps for kids.
The search was a little tricky because a lot of apps do several things, aside from teaching music. We wanted to find apps that mainly focused on music so that is what we are including in this article.
We have separated the apps between those you can use on an Apple device and on an Android. So if you want to know more about an app that we have listed check to see if they are under Apple or Android. These are not arranged in any particular order.
Apple music apps for kids:
Kids Music Factory - This app will teach you and your kids how to play popular kids’ songs and there are other modes that you can try to keep the music learning fresh.
Little Fox Music Box - Sing along songbook that also has interactive elements. You can also record your children singing through this app. They only have 3 songs for now but they are still great fun for kids between 2 and 6.
Rockford’s Rock Opera - If you want a storybook that has music then this is the app you should look at. It is one of the highly rated apps on the iTunes Store.
Music4Babies - This great app teaches children about music notes. Their listening skills will also be developed when they play with this app.
NoteWorks - Kids can play this musical game that is designed to teach note recognition and improve sight reading skills. There are different levels to choose from so this app is great for children of all ages.
Android music apps for kids:
Kids Songs Machine Free - Its great fun, teaches music, and its free. Give this app a try and if your kids love it, keep it.
Music School for Toddlers - With this app you get 5 instruments that your child can play with. Wonderful if they are curious about different musical instrument or if they want to play with more than 1 instrument.
Sketch-a-Song Kids - Children get to create their own music with this creative app. There are also no ads or in app purchases for this one.
Carnival of Animals - Your kids will learn about high and low notes, and other elements of music with this app. Its use of animals also adds to the fun.
Toddler Music Jukebox - Build your little one’s music repertoire with 12 classic children’s songs from this app. It has fun animations that also add to the overall enjoyment of the song.
This list is not nearly enough to cover the hundred, or maybe even thousands of apps that we can get for our kids today. But we hope that they help you get started and that you and your children have a great musical time with all of them.
Posted on 5th April 2015
We all have our very own favorite Walt Disney Song. Walt Disney’s animated movies are known for their great music. Making a list is extremely difficult and it will be very hard to come up with a list that everyone will agree with. Our list will put together the most popular songs listed on the internet. We will not rank them because a list like that will never be accurate.
So here are the most popular songs according to the Internet. Placed in no particular order. We will also only put one song from one movie to give the other popular songs a chance to get on the list. You can also make your own list of favorite Disney Songs.
The Circle of Life from the Lion King - The Lion King is one of the best movies that Disney has ever produced and it is no surprise that The Circle of Life is on the list.
Beauty and Beast from Beauty and the Beast - Sung by Angela Lansbury and the movie, this song captured that romantic evening between the Beast and Belle perfectly.
Let It Go from Frozen - This is the latest big hit from a Disney movie. Some people can’t get enough of it, while some people wish that they could let go of the song already.
A Whole New World from Aladdin - A song about discovering new things with someone you care about. Aladdin had some other great music but this was the one that stands out the most from the movie according to the Internet.
Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas - The movie did not have a whole lot of songs in it. But this one is one of those songs that people really loved when it came out.
Reflection from Mulan - One of the first Disney movies to feature a strong female lead, Mulan had lots of great songs. Sung by Lea Salonga in the movie and sung by Christina Aguilera on the radio version. It is a wonderful song about finding who you are.
Part of Your World from Little Mermaid - We watched Little Mermaid so many times growing up. We also memorized the songs. From the lists we saw it looks like we aren’t the only ones that loved the movie and the song.
You’ll Be In My Heart from Tarzan - We saw this on a lot of people’s lists and we agree. This is the most memorable song from the movie Tarzan.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and thats all you have to say about this song really. Its a fun silly song that has remained popular over the years.
Go the Distance from Hercules - While some of us liked Megara’s song in the movie, Go the Distance has featured on a lot more lists so we are putting it on the list.
Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book - Baloo’s carefree song got us jumping and dancing around as kids. This really is one of the best songs from a Disney movie.
Life is a Highway from Cars - This country rock song is on our playlist and we always love to play it when we are on the road. Another great hit from Disney.
Everybody Wants to be a Cat from Aristocats - Yes, we all wanted be a cat. A cool cat that danced and sang with Thomas O’Malley and the Aristocats.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo from Cinderella - If only a fairy god mother really showed up when you sang this song we would have had lots of wishes already. Or a whole lot of Pumpkin carriages and glass slippers.
When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio - Another song that we song hoping our wishes would come true. Wonderful words and they work well as a lullaby too.
We know that 15 songs out of all the Disney songs is a very short list. But we have to stick to the 1 song per movie rule that we imposed upon ourselves. We hope you enjoyed our list and the trip down memory lane. We would love to see you make your own list of your favorite Disney animated movie songs.
Posted on 17th March 2015
There’s a whole host of musical instruments in the world that people play. Many countries have their own instruments that are tied to their culture and history. Of course, some instruments, like the piano and the guitar are recognized wherever you go. But what about those other instruments that many of us have never heard about. This is a short list of instruments that man has created to make music.
Pyrophone If you want to make an explosive debut in the world of music you could play the Pyrophone. This organ is played by explosions and fire. If you play this instrument you need to watch out for burns. It was invented by Georges Frédéric Eugène Kastner. These were invented around the 19th Century.
The Great Stalacpipe Organ Another Organ on our list is built into a cave. The Stalacpipe Organ was designed by Leland W. Sprinkle inside the Luray Caverns near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, USA. It took him 3 years to finish.
Glass Armonica Also known as hydrocrystalophone. This instrument uses a series of glass bowls or goblets of different sizes to produce musical tones through friction. The Glass Armonica in the video was invented by Benjamin Franklin.
The Singing Ringing Tree Another huge musical instrument that nobody needs to play. This 3 meter high musical tree was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu. It is made up of galvanised steel pipes of that harness the energy of the wind.
Theremin Many people may be familiar with the Theremin. It is one of the most well known weird musical instruments. Yet only a few people are able to gesture music out of it. Leon Theremin patented this electronic musical device in 1928. This instrument has been used in several movies. Once you hear the eerie, haunting sound it is quite possibly from the Theremin.
Musical Road Have your ever driven across a road and all of a sudden you hear music playing and your radio is turned off? Well there are several roads around the world that will play music when you drive across them. Grooves are placed in the road and when you drive over them the vibration causes music. There are 4 musical roads you can drive over in the world: Asphaltophone, Melody Road, Singing Road, and the Civic Musical Road.
Washboard Aside from being able to do the laundry on a washboard you can make some pretty great music too. Practice enough and you might even find yourself in a band. You can use spoons or a thimble to play the washboard.
Vegetables There is an orchestra group in Vienna that plays music using vegetables. While we peel, slice, and cook our greens, they play music with them. The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra officially started in 1998. Before they play they always have to shop for the right “ingredients”. Although their music may not appeal to all listeners.
There are lot more weird musical instruments out there. Who knows you might even invent a musical instrument that will take the world by storm. Or maybe we’ll add it to our list.
Posted on 5th March 2015
Personality tests are a fun way of finding out some things about yourself and people you know. We have taken different ones before and we wanted to just enumerate what some tests and websites say about your personality based on your favourite music genre. You won’t have to take a test this time. Just find your favourite genre on our list and lets see if they are true.
We put this list together for fun and because we were curious about how our favorite type of music shows who we are.
These are the results of a study done by Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. It took him 3 years to finish the largest study, so far, of musical tastes and personality type. He is an expert on music psychology and has carried out extensive research on the social and applied psychology of music, in particular the relationship between pop music culture and deviant behavior in adolescence, music and consumer behavior, and the role of musical preference in everyday life.
A total of 36,000 people in more than 60 countries participated in this test. They had to rate a wide range of musical styles in order of preference. Certain aspects of personality were also measured by questionnaire. His research is mentioned in an article by Jane Collingwood on PsychCentral Today.
Blues - You have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and generally relaxed.
Jazz - You also have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and not stressed at all.
Classical music - You also hold yourself in high self-esteem, are good at creating things, introverted and at ease. Fans of this genre have varying age levels.
Rap - Fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing. There has been no evidence based research that Rap music fans are more aggressive or violent people.
Opera - Opera lovers also have high self-esteem, have a creative streak and are gentle.
Country and western - Good at working hard and outgoing.
Reggae - Fans have pride in themselves, friendly, gentle, confident, very relaxed, but not hardworking.
Dance - Definitely creative and outgoing but not gentle.
Indie - Fans need to work on their self-esteem, but they are creators. They are also a little bit allergic to hard work and may not always be gentle.
Bollywood - Fans are creative and outgoing.
Rock/heavy metal - Fans need to be more confident, they are creative, gentle and at calm people. The results also show that they are not hardworking or outgoing. Rockers are found in the young, the middle aged, and the old.
Chart pop - They also have high self-esteem, are good workers, friendly and gentle, but are not creative or relaxed.
Soul - They have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease.
If you notice, the study focused on certain parts of our personality. Whatever the genre we like, a lot of us have high self esteem, we are creative, and outgoing. As you look through the list do you find yourself agreeing with the findings? Or do you think that they got it wrong?
We also found a free online music personality test that may give you some more specific information. We took the test and it seemed pretty accurate to us. But whatever our favorite type of music is, or what our personality is like, we hope that we all continue to enjoy music.
Posted on 19th February 2015
We have a few articles on BusSongs about how music can help children learn. There are also a lot of studies done on the subject of music and learning. Another thing that music can help us learn is a new language. We believe that music can help people learn new languages.
Many cultures have their own songs that they sing to their little ones. These songs teach them how to count, to recognize their alphabet, and learn words. If you want to learn a new language and you have to start with the basics then their songs are a good start. Whether you want to learn French, Spanish, German, English, or another language you’ll be able to find kids songs that can help you.
Let’s say you want to learn Spanish then you can start with a Mexican Counting Song. The lyrics go like this,
"Un elefante se columpiaba, sobre la tela de una araa Como veia que resistia, fua a llamar a otro elefante. Dos elefantes se columpiaban, sobre la leta de una araa, como veian que restistia, fueron a llamar a otro elefante. Tres elefantesse columpiaban, sobre la leta de una araa, como veian que restistia, fueron a llamar a otro elefante. Cuatro elefantes...”.
The english translation is:
“One elephant is swinging on a spider web, Seeing that the web could hold him, He went and got another elephant. Two elephants are swinging on a spider web, Seeing that the web could hold them, they went and got another elephant. Three elephants are swinging on a spider web, Seeing that the web could hold them, they went and got another elephant. Four elephants…”.
A very short and simple song and we already have several counting words, not to mention animal words and more.
One of the key things you need to do when learning a new language is to build your vocabulary. You have to start with basic words before you can move on to sentences and grammar. Songs are a really effective tool to help increase vocabulary. Just take a look at your children and how many words they learn from songs.
Listening and Mimicking
Songs are not just helpful in learning additional vocabulary. They are also very helpful in teaching correct pronunciation. The more you listen to another language the more you become familiar with the way they say things. Developing a strong listening skill can help immensely in learning a language. The better your listening skill is the better your brain processes the sounds it hears. You’ll also have the chance to mimic the pronunciation and the sounds of the language you are trying to learn.
Repetition and mimicking is another method we use to learn and practice a new language. If you do not say the words you will never learn. With songs in the background we are able to practice saying words out loud. We can also listen to the word again to make sure we are saying it correctly.
Learning about the culture
Aside from just learning to speak a new language, learning about the culture is also important. Many Asian countries have specific words that show respect to different people of different stations. This is not so prevalent in Western countries but it is important to learn. By listening to songs we can pick up a few things about another culture.
If you know kids songs or folk songs from another country it can also become a conversation starter. Many people are delighted to encounter someone who is trying to learn their language. They may tease you a little and laugh at your pronunciation but more often than not they mean well and want to help. You can ask them for help and mention a song that you know in their language. This can lead to a great conversation and a quick and fun, impromptu lesson.
So don’t discount children’s music when it comes to language learning. Adding them to a lesson can make it easier and fun. Pretty soon you’ll be singing along to a new song in a new language.
Posted on 3rd February 2015
We understand that not all parents enjoy children’s songs. There are times when it can become too repetitive and sometimes parents may want to hear a song that they can appreciate more.
There are many artists who do have albums that are good for kids and adults alike. Adding variety to your children’s playlist can make a big difference in you hating a once beloved song because you keep playing it over and over again. The more diverse the songs and the genres in your child’s playlist the more you’ll probably be able to bear listening to it again and again.
We put together a brief list of music albums that you can look into if you want to add more songs. Some of them may not be to your tastes but we hope that you will discover some new musical treasures on our list. We did not include music albums from kids on this list.
Our goal here is not to promote the artist or make you buy their album. We just want to share what we have found. The list is also not placed in any sort of order.
Kenny Loggins Return to Pooh Corner - This album is filled with favourite songs that Kenny Loggins has redone. If you want a quiet album with songs you can use as lullabies this is the album to get.
Lisa Loeb was an award winning artist first and after some years in her career she came out with this album. Catch the Moon is a collection of children's music played in a folk music style. She is joined by her college music partner, Elizabeth Mitchell.
If you love Broadway musicals then this is a great album to get for you and your little one.
Jack Johnson will always have a place on our playlist. His soothing, upbeat songs are always a lot of fun to listen and sing to. Jack Johnson and Friends is a must have album.
Reggae beats are always fun so we have to have Ziggy Marley's, Family Time, on the list. Ziggy won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.
Laurie Berkner has been singing and writing children’s songs for a long time. She has a lot of great albums and songs. But if you are going to listen to her for the first time, you should give this album a try.
They Might Be Giants is one of the newest bands on the list. They have several albums for kids already. This one though seems to be the most recommended. Listen to them and if you and your children like what you hear get this album for your kids.
We hope that you try out the albums we mentioned on our list. Before you buy any of them see if you can listen to a sample first, that way you can check to see if you really want it. You can also try to find the songs on Youtube.
Posted on 21st January 2015
There has been a lot of scientific study on how music benefits children of all ages. It is true that music is one of the best ways that we can connect with each other. But music can do so much more for all of us.
The power of music cannot be mentioned enough or emphasized enough. So many great memories are made with the help of music. So many lessons are learned through song and dance.
Here is an episode of Tedx by Richard Gill, Music Director of the Victorian Opera Company.
Music helps children learn. When they take music classes they are not just learning how to play an instrument or sing a song. They are also going through a whole process of learning.
They have to sit and listen to the lesson. This helps them practice their listening skills. Getting used to staying still and paying attention is a great skill to learn. Sitting still is not easy for little kids and it is important that we keep music lessons fun. So make sure lessons are accompanied with some fun dancing and gestures.
Listening skills get developed. The more used to listening a child is the more likely it is that they are able to listen well. Since they are always using this skill during music lessons it gets really well used. This also helps them learn new words.
Increased vocabulary when learning music. A lot of songs will use different words and that means your children get exposed to more words when they take music lessons. Better vocabulary can also help with reading. Even important life lessons, like cleaning up can be picked up when children are in music class.
Music and dancing go hand in hand. Dancing is a great way for kids to develop their motor skills. It is also a good way to get them to exercise without making it feel like work. Regular singing and dancing activities can help strengthen your child’s muscles. It will also make moving or dancing feel more natural. Although, for most kids, dancing is already as natural as breathing.
Creativity is encouraged in music. Children who love to sing will start making up their songs. Mixing different sounds and words together is one way that they express themselves. Their brains are putting together the things that they have learned and molding it into a song that may or may not make sense to us, but to our little ones it is a fun learning experience. Encourage them to sing their own songs and make their own music. Join them and make up some silly songs to sing to each other. Creating your own music is the most important thing they can learn.
Group lessons in music help develop a child’s sense of community and teamwork. Group activities are great for kids because they learn more about their world and the other people that inhabit it. They learn to do things together, to take turns, and to socialize with other kids.
All of these extra lessons are naturally experienced by children in music class. Not every child is meant to be a singer or a dancer but every child can benefit by taking music lessons. Children can greatly benefit from music but always remember to keep it fun for the little ones. Also, take the time to sing and dance with your kids. It is much more fun when you are doing things with your kids.
And if you want to find the best songs to use for your singing and dancing with your little ones, head over to our list of songs and you’ll find all the songs you need.
Posted on 7th January 2015
Here at BusSongs.com our goal is to find and collect wonderful songs that children can sing, dance, and listen to. Our collection of lyrics is mostly old children’s songs, cultural songs, and timeless classic music for kids. While these are always great to sing and dance to there are a whole host of songs that are being created every year. So we wanted to make a short list of popular songs that may or may not be on your playlist yet.
We don’t mean to sound old and crotchety but we know a lot of parents feel that a lot of the popular songs played everywhere have lyrics that are not the best for children. We hope this list helps you find new songs and artists. This list is not meant to rank the music and artists mentioned. We just want to share some great music for children and everyone.
Katy Perry - Firework and Roar
Katy Perry is the first on our list thanks to 2 of her hit songs. Firework and Roar are both part of the top hits of the past few years. Firework was released in 2010 and Roar was released in 2013. Both are still part of our playlist and we play it frequently for the kids.
Both songs have a great message about self empowerment and belief in yourself.
This is by far the best version of Roar that we have seen.
Ellie Goulding also has some lovely songs that are great for kids. If you want a slower song that can work as a lullaby then give this song a listen. If you play the guitar then it is also a beautiful song to play and sing to your kids.
- One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
- Pharrell Williams - Happy
- P!nk - Perfect (Look for the clean version)
- OneRepublic - Counting Stars
- Lorde - Royals
- Owl City - All of his songs
- Sara Bareilles - Brave (A lot of her songs are good too)
- Journey - Don’t Stop Believing
- Phillip Phillips - Home
- Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
- Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
- Train - Hey, Soul Sister
- Flo Rida - Good Feeling
- K’s Choice - Echo Mountain
There are a lot more amazing songs that you can listen to with your kids. It is always a great idea to listen to new and different artists. Our short list is just an example that there are many songs that are good for kids and adults. These aren’t the only songs that are on our playlist when we listen to music with our little ones. Sometimes the radio is not the best source for music. Ask your friends and family members if they have discovered a new singer who has great tunes. It is also important to listen closely to the popular songs being played so you know what they are singing about. You can always find really great children’s songs here on BusSongs.
Here is one last song that we love to play all the time. It is performed by the talented Michael Buble. This upbeat love song is wonderful to listen to, sing to, and dance to.
Posted on 8th December 2014
The best part of singing silly songs for kids is to see your child enjoy your every movement. It doesn’t matter whether you are singing in perfect pitch or off the tone; your child would love being crooned to. You can reclaim the funny side of your personality while being parents. Parents would love to see their kids giggle and throw their hands with happiness. You can entertain your kid by singing goofy songs while moving your hands along the rhythm. Further, there is another benefit of these silly songs. These songs help your kid to differentiate between a proper song and syllables which can even help them in understanding letters or making connections with other sounds. So get ready and find some silly songs for your kids.
How to find silly songs for kids?
It can be really hard to come up with silly songs all by yourself. Most of the parents are worried about the type of songs that they can sing to their child. But in reality, you can sing almost anything in a funny tone including popular music, hymns, funny Christmas Carols, old kiddie’s ditties, and any simple music. The easiest option is to along with variable lists of old favorites. Make sure to add funny facial expressions and keep mooing while singing these songs to your kids. Your child would be so busy in laughing that he won’t be noticing the vocabulary words that he can learn along with the song. Let us find out some of these silly songs for kids that you can sing.
Bananas in Pajamas: This is one of the most cherished and enjoyed silly songs for kids. Your child will keep laughing throughout the song and you can add up as many actions as you can in the song.
Bananas in pajamas are coming down the stairs,
Bananas in pajamas are coming down in pairs,
Bananas in pajamas are chasing teddy bears,
'cause on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares!
Full lyrics and more on BusSongs.com
Little Bunny Foo Foo: Bunny songs are always enjoyed by kids and this bunny song is the most popular among all. You can sing this song with a pair of bunny years on your head and watch your kid laughing throughout the song.
The main point in singing silly songs for kids is to be imaginative and use facial expressions and hand movements to supplement the song. You can even sing nursery rhymes or daft songs as silly songs for kids while keeping that element of fun in your voice.
Posted on 9th November 2014
Most of the parents are aware of the importance of rhymes for children. Rhymes are far more than simple stories with matching ending words. Rhyming is one of the most important phonics skills that your child needs to learn. Nursery rhymes have been used in our schools since long time. Rhymes are considered to be important for proper understanding of language and helps children in finding more words out of curiosity. There are a lot of methods for making children learn and understand rhymes. We are going to discuss some of the best methods for teaching rhymes for children.
How to teach rhymes for children?
Kids are excited to learn something new and the only thing you need is to add the element of surprise and excitement in the activity. Let us find out some of the best methods for guiding your children through rhymes.
Using pictures that rhyme: You can start with simple games including using two sets of pictures that rhyme. Ask your kid to find out images that rhyme and put that all together. It will help him in identifying the visual appearance as well as exact pronunciation of the words.
Rhyme Worksheets: Most of the teachers prefer rhyme worksheets for helping kids in understanding the importance of rhyme. Set some pictures in one row of the worksheet and then spell a rhyming word matching one of these pictures. Now ask your child to match the word with the given set of images. It is one of the most interesting worksheet activities that you can enjoy with your child.
Sing simple rhymes: Kids love singing and dancing. Singing the rhymes to the child is the best way to let them learn rhymes. After singing the rhyme to the kids, ask them to identify the matching word in the rhyme. Some of the best rhymes to sing to your kid are:
Willaby Wallaby Wusan,
An elephant sat on Susan.
Willaby Wallaby Wark
An elephant sat on Mark.
Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
So she phoned for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and hat,
And knocked at the door with a rat tat tat
Full lyrics at http://bussongs.com/songs/miss_polly.php
Nursery rhymes for children are important because of many reasons. They help kids in improving their pronunciation, understand importance of facial expressions, build confidence, and help child in understanding important traditions of our culture. You can find lots of online resources to help your children in learning rhymes for children and even consult primary education specialists.
Posted on 30th October 2014
Educational rap songs for kids are something that many people do not think about. Consider a song that you know… is it catchy? Do you know all the lyrics to it, without having to hear it? This is the same concept that goes into the educational rap songs that are made. They want the children to learn the material through listening, learning the rap songs and then being able to repeat the lyrics to themselves when the time comes to use the material. This has shown to be an ideal study guide for some children that are having a hard time cramming all of the material into their heads at once through reading, writing or even by using flash cards.
Here are some of the most well known educational rap songs out there.
Manifest Destiny - This song provides you with some history, social studies and even geography all wrapped into one song. Here are some of the lyrics from the song, “by 1840, we cleared the east, of native peoples may they rest in peace, with guns and steel the whites had their way now they set their sights on Californ-i-a. See Mexico, as we know it today is only a piece of where it used to lay, back in the day it included L.A. but expansionists had something to say.”
44 Presidents - Many people do not know their presidents. There are so many of them that you have to learn and memorize. This is why this rap can come in handy when you want to make sure to learn each and every one of them and how they fit in. The lyrics to this song go, “Next up we've got some interesting folks. Named Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk. The next four presi-dents that we'll examine. Are Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan.”
Learn the 50 US States - There are so many states, so a lot of people are not able to learn all of them and their capitals, this song can teach you both. The lyrics for this song are catchy, “In Califor-nia, we've got Sacramento. Then we go to Denver out in in Colorado. Hartford, Connecticut; Dover, Deleware; Listing all the state capitals everywhere because..”
95 Theses - What better way to learn then finding out about a rap that is able to teach you, while also making it catchy so you can keep it in mind for a later date? The lyrics to this rap go like this, “Listen up, all my people, its a story for the telling bout the sin and injustice and corruption I been smelling: I met that homie Tetzel, then I started rebelling. Once I seen the fat Indulgences that he been selling. Now the Cathlics of the world straight up disgracin me, just because I waved my finger at the papacy.”
Teach Me How to Factor - This song is sang to the tune - “Teach Me How to Dougie” which is quite popular with a lot of youth - which also makes it fun. You’re able to learn more about factoring numbers and making appropriate changes in math. The lyrics for this catchy tune are, “They be like Schultz. Can u teach me how to factor? ...Ya know why? Cause all da students after (an A!) All I need is a real good quadratic. And for you, you, you to back me up and check it! Get your terms lined up...make 'em high to low. Look for a GCF, that's something everyone should know.”
When it comes to learning a different way, try out educational rap songs. Not only are they fun to learn, but they are easy to learn from, as well as being catchy. So if you, or someone you know is stuck on a topic - just look up an educational song that can teach you more about it and don’t worry about the test because you will be singing it then, too! Did you like this idea? You can check out this site for more songs.
Posted on 29th October 2014
The spirit of patriotism is important for understanding the true value of Independence and patriotic songs for kids are the best means to do so. Patriotism in an inevitable quality that every individual should have for his country and it is important for the prosperity of the country. It is very unfortunate that most of the kids are unaware of the importance of Independence Day. Most of the parents talk about the independence and history of freedom without realizing that kids are too young to understand these things. The best way to teach the importance of independence and implant the feeling of patriotism in your kids is to make them learn patriotic songs for kids.
Most of the children love to sing songs and learn rhymes. Patriotic songs and rhymes can be easily embedded in their tender hearts. You should try to explain the meaning of National Anthem to your kids. You can instill the feeling of love and respect for the Nation in your kid’s heart by making him sing the National Anthem. Most of the schools practice singing National Anthem during morning assemblies with the goal of instilling patriotic sentiments in students. Let us find out some of the most important patriotic songs for kids.
The Star Spangled Banner: American National Anthem is the best piece of patriotism that kids can learn. The song explains the history of America and the historic battle fought in 1812.
Yankee Doodle Dandy: This is the perfect song for teaching your kids the true meaning of being an American. This patriotic song includes colors of the American flag, importance of 4th July, and Uncle Sam.
This Land is Your Land: It is the most famous American folk song describing the beauty of America. The song conveys the message of everyone living together in the country and it is one of the most famous patriotic songs of America.
God Bless America: God Bless America is mostly sung during sporting events as the National Anthem. It is focused towards the virtues of our country.
It is always difficult to understand the hearts of our children but it is important that we all should try to instill the feeling of patriotism in our kids. We have to show them real life examples of our love towards our nation. Patriotic songs for kids can play crucial role in instilling the feeling of love and respect for the country they live in.
Posted on 11th September 2014
One of the main reasons behind nursery rhyme origins was their capability of expressing opinions. Europe is said to be the birth place of these rhymes and England has made great contribution to the history and development of rhymes. Most of the nursery rhymes are inspired from important events and historical situations. There were different reasons behind every rhyme; some of the rhymes were written to honor local events whereas others were written to express the feeling of love. Rhymes were also used to show discontent towards the government mainly because of their ability of conveying messages. Rhymes are easy to remember and because of this quality they were also used for spreading important messages. We are going to discuss some of these rhymes and the origin of their history.
Important Nursery Rhyme Origins
These are some of the most popular nursery rhymes and their origin stories. Let us discuss them in detail.
Three Blind Mice: The origin of Three Blind Mice goes back to 1609 when its first variation was written. It represents three protestant loyalists who were accused for plotting against Queen Marry I. All three of these loyalists were burnt at stakes and important figures in this rhyme include Queen, her husband, and King of Spain who owned large estate properties.
Ring Around the Rosie: This rhyme was written to signify the terror caused by the Great Plague back in the year 1665. This plagues resulted into high fever and horrible rash spread in form of a ring which was the reason for this name. Some important symbolization used in this rhyme include “pocket full of posies” which indicated the habit of putting spices or similar herbs in pockets for freshening up the air.
London Bridge: The origin of London Bridge rhyme is around the year 1659 and this rhyme was further translated into different forms by other countries including France, Italy, and Germany. Watch the video on YouTube.
These meanings and history of nursery rhyme origins may or may not be true but it is an important way to remember important events in British history. Most of the forms have their modern versions replacing words that are sensitive and may convey sensitive information. You can get your hands on resources and books with nursery rhyme origins and find out everything about the interesting rhymes.
Posted on 5th August 2014
Kids love parties, cakes, birthdays, presents and get together with their friends but the real problem comes while finding kids party songs. You need special planning and organization for your organizing party for your kids. There are a lot of things to be done including venue, theme, catering and it can be really hard to get time for finding perfect songs for the party. Kids love to dance in parties and you have to be certain about the type of music the young generation would prefer. You can ask your kids about what type of music they would prefer for their party.
In addition to arranging CDs for the party, you can also prepare a list of songs which kids can sing in the party. It is always great to watch your little ones celebrating their birthdays. We are going to discuss some of the best kids party songs that you can make them sing in the party.
Happy Birthday to You: You can teach the traditional birthday song to the kids and how to sing it at the party. It is best to invite all the kids to sing the song along with the birthday child singing along with them:
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday, dear (child’s name),
Happy Birthday to You.
Dance Little Baby: Kids enjoy dancing very much and they are always excited while learning dance step for kids party songs. You can make them do funny actions that suits the song and can be enjoyed by kids. In this song, you can guide them to move their hands according to the songs like guide them to move their hands up and jump at Dance up high and similar actions:
Dance, little baby,
Dance up high,
Never mind baby,
Father (Mother) is by,
Down to the ground,
Backward and forward,
Round and round.
Ring around the Rosy: This is really enjoying song and asks children to hold their hands and move in a ring while singing the song. You can further guide them to any additional movements that you can think of:
Ring around the rosy
A pocketful of posies
We all fall down!
A Pocket full of Posies
We all fall Down!
Full lyrics on BusSongs
The most important thing to be considered while planning your kid’s party is that all the songs should be enjoyable and easy to understand. You can search over the internet for kids party songs and there are plenty of themed party songs available online.
Posted on 17th July 2014
Most of the children prefer educational songs for kids for learning new facts. It is always better to teach with the method that the students are interested into. For example, the best way of teaching counting to young kids is with the help of a song like Chicken Count and the Counting Creatures. All you need to do is to use simple words with interesting gestures and movement of your hands. Children enjoy singing and they can catch up songs faster than anything else. It is the best way to teach them some information without even burdening them. We are going to discuss some of the best educational songs for kids which will help them in gaining information while enjoying themselves.
Educational Songs for Kids: Learning Made Interesting
Teaching with the help of educational songs is one of the traditional methods used for many years. It helps your kid understand major concepts like counting, simple mathematics concepts and much more. Let us find out some of the best educational songs that you can use for teaching your kid.
- Meet the Planets: This is the best song for learning the elements of periodic tables which can be a boring lesson otherwise. They might be Giants is developed with high quality animation and simple examples like “Stars are made of Hydrogen” and similar ideas.
- How Many Planets: Learning about the universe can be a real fun with interesting animations and sound effects used in this song. The song is based upon a space adventure in which students can visit different planets and get important details about these planets.
- 5 on the Farm: This video is developed to help kids under the age of 5 in learning basic counting. The video contains different farm animals and funny puppets which can make learning an enjoyable experience.
These songs are best for getting started with the basic knowledge of counting and science. You can easily find educational CDs and songs provided over the internet. These educational songs for kids are developed with the idea of making studies stress free and enjoyable for your young kids.
Posted on 27th June 2014
Parents love to sing girls’ songs for their little baby girls. Most of the parents would love to craft lyrics especially for their baby girl. But all of us are not lucky enough or talented to write baby songs. The little ones enjoy songs sung by their parents and cheer up while watching their parents sing for them. Generally most of girl songs are a tribute to the cute face, bouncing curls, lacy socks, and hair bows of girls. Singing is considered to be the best tool of developing sound awareness in your young children and these are very critical for their reading skills. We are going to discuss some of the best girl song for your daughter.
Best Girls Songs: Sing with your Baby Girl
Girls’ songs are all about their cute face, charming facial expressions, and their gorgeous smile. Being a father, singing song to your baby girl is the best feeling. Let us find out some of the best songs for your baby girl.
- There Goes My Life: This song was listed as the number #1 song in Billboard Country Chart in December, 2003. The song has the story of a father who took care of her girl right from the time when she was a little girl to the time when she leaves for college. It is one the most famous and popular baby girl songs.
- My Little Girl: This song was also used in the movie “Flicka” released in 2006 and this is the best song for fathers. You can dedicate this lovely song to your newly born baby and young girl too.
- My Wish: My Wish has a clear impression of country music and it is one of the best baby girls songs ever made. This song was in best songs list of Country Songs Chart and Digital Bill Board.
- Baby Girl: List of best girl songs is incomplete without this lovely song. This song is must for any collection made for your daughter. Every parent would love to see their baby girl growing from their princess to adult and a beautiful woman in future.
Songs are a great source of multiple sound patterns, great rhymes, and alliteration. There are lots of educational benefits of singing song to your child and it helps them in getting aware of the world of sounds. Singing song for your baby girl will help you in instilling love for language in your girl and help her understand languages on growing up.
Posted on 3rd December 2012
Christmas is the time of brightening lights, receiving gifts, Christmas songs for children, and eating tasty cookies. Your little ones are full of energy and enthusiasm during this period of the year. Kids are fascinated with all the activities happening around the time of Christmas. They are eager to take part in every single activity then let it be decorating the Christmas tree, preparing special Christmas crafts or even waiting for Santa Clause with the bag of gifts. These are some of the most cherished memories in your kid's childhood. It is always great to teach your child some of the best and most famous Christmas Carols and how to sing Christmas songs for children. Kids are always interested in doing something new and interesting.
Funny Christmas Songs for children
Christmas is the time of fun and frolic. People around the globe enjoy Christmas as the beginning of happy time and holidays. Christmas songs are quite popular among kids as well as adults. The main motive of these Christmas songs is to commemorate over the birth of Lord Jesus Christ who became the savior of mankind. There is no point in having funny songs for this occasion but fun is the main ingredient of happiness. It is quite easy to find some old Christmas songs which are produced in a fun-made format. These songs often have joyous music and their lyrics are easy to remember which makes them very enjoying for kids. We are going to list some of these funny Christmas songs for children:.
- All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth (check out the video !)
- Hang Up Your Stockings
In addition to these Christmas songs, you can consider educative songs for Christmas. There are some very interesting songs and poems made for educative purposes. For example, Christmas Alphabet Poem is especially designed for learning purposes. If you are looking for more Christmas songs for children then it is best to consider internet for various song, after all it is time to enjoy the Christmas while singing Christmas carols with your Children.
Posted on 16th March 2012
Music is an important part in educating children because music is fun and contributes to a happy, relaxed atmosphere. Songs can be used to teach different concepts and lessons to your child, and the internet is a great source of children's songs; you'll find some of them are very entertaining. Songs should be included in the daily routine of your children and most nursery schools understand just how important songs are in early childhood development.
Nursery rhymes have been passed down to us from previous generations. An example of a famous nursery school song is "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little star". which is known all around the world. Children's songs are made to be fun, entertaining and they help children relax, and are therefore ideal for any activity including playtime and bedtime, also.
Music as a tool for learning
In our modern education system, music is commonly used for education. Songs are used to teach our children languages, the meaning of words, rhythms, tones, sounds and pitches even before they can learn to talk, sing or dance. This means that the more music your child is exposed to, the faster they will learn to speak and read.
Songs are also used to foster friendship amongst children and build their self-esteem, and group singing is a great way to do this. In music, there is no right or wrong and the children singing in a group are free to express themselves using the songs they are singing.
Festivals are very important in our lives, since they help us understand the moral values of family among other important virtues of life. Festivals include everything from Christmas to Easter and of course, birthdays. For instance, cheery Christmas songs aid in teaching the value of religion, thus helping us share our religion with our kids.
If you are a teacher, it's important to look out for songs for special occasions, such as Christmas. Good suggestions are simple melodies with accompanying appropriate steps according to the melody. However, some teachers prefer musical tunes to instruct their children to learn languages, numbers, and other educational concepts. There are different types of activities that you can plan for students such as, researching the origins of certain songs and how the English language has changed since then. Activities such as these help in developing the children's curiosity and make them interested in research.
For young children, Christmas songs are best for making their holidays memorable. You can even prepare some simple dance steps to go along with these songs and dance with them. It's relatively easily find dance songs and DVD's with children's songs and dances, and you'll find many options right here on this site.
Music can also be used to help manage your child's behavior. Songs help in transitioning from one activity to the other. For instance, you can sing cheerful songs during playtime and sing lullabies during bedtime. Songs allow children to express themselves and can be used to manage conflicts between them, or let out feelings like sadness or frustrations that the child might be experiencing.
Kids' song can also be used to help children with disabilities. For conditions such as speech disability, therapists are known to use music to help the children learn and feel less self-conscious about their speech impediment. For children who are physically disabled, music provides a way for them to express their emotions and have fun while doing so.
There are many websites offering free downloads for great children's songs like "Nick Music Website". Music is said to feed our souls and help us find ourselves, and you can use music to teach the importance of moral values; imparting high quality character traits to your children.
Posted on 7th June 2009
What is a Nursery Rhyme?
A nursery rhyme is a traditional poem or song that is used to teach children at home, or in pre-school. Nursery rhymes are generally used to help in the development and overall understanding of vocabulary, as the child grows. Rhymes mainly help your child in counting, memorizing the alphabet and learning about animals and fruits, among other things.
Nursery rhymes have rhythms that encourage children to have fun with the music, and they often incorporate movement, such as dancing and particular actions or motions which children will memorize and associate with a particular rhyme.
Each nursery rhyme, poem and song has a unique rhythm which helps children remember the words they contain, and this aids in the child's memory development. "London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down" incorporates repetition which is easy for the child to remember. The golden age for memory development is widely believed to between the ages 6-9, as during this time, a child is able to memorize quickly, and remember things over a great span of time.
I am sure you can remember all the words to "London Bridge"! It is also believed that children who cannot yet read, remember better than their peers who can, since the non-readers cannot refer back to the text for information, but have to remember everything they have seen or heard.
Nursery Rhymes Are Captivating and Colourful
Nursery rhymes and pre-school songs often have fanciful captivating stories and vivid language, and the characters are largely colourful. These songs and rhymes have captured the imagination of children the world over and fascinated them for centuries. Nursery rhymes and songs have introduced children to a world that does not exist in reality, but they certainly help them expand their imagination. These rhymes and songs tell us about dishes that run, people who live in shoes, an egg-shaped Humptey Dumptey who sits on a wall, and so much more. There is no better way to introduce children to the fascinating world of literature, story-telling, make-belief and play-acting.
Develop Vocabulary and Other Concepts
Nursery rhymes and songs consist of easy to understand vocabulary and a catchy rhyme. These make it very easy for the kids to easily learn the rhymes, thus helping them build their vocabulary. Counting is also often integrated into nursery rhymes, so children learn to count while having fun at the same time. Upon learning a certain rhyme as a child, he or she will start following that particular rhyme or poem on a page, thus learning the fundamentals of reading.
Other concepts that nursery rhymes teach children include mathematical concepts such as time, height, temperature, weather, position, etc.
Most nursery rhymes include songs, illustrations, poems and short stories. Parents are highly encouraged to read with their children in order to get them excited to learn and improve their language skills. If you can, create your own nursery rhyme using objects and places familiar to the child, for instance, using the furniture or utensils in your house.
You'll find an abundance of nursery rhymes you can teach your children over on BusSongs. com.
Posted on 5th June 2009
We hope that the below information will provide some ideas about how best to introduce kids' songs into the classroom.
Clip Art, Images, Photos
A lot of fun can be added to any nursery rhyme, poem or song if a little colour and some magic is added.
- Fairy Tale Clip Art
- Nursery Rhymes Clip Art
- Nursery Rhymes Samplers
- Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Language Art Resource Material
There are many things that you could find at a stationary shop to make reading and singing rhymes a whole lot more fun for children.
- Assorted Rhymes Book Collection
- Letter Skills
- Alphabet Skills
Games with Nursery Rhymes
- Hasbro Nursery Rhyme Games
- Preschool Nursery Rhymes Games
- Nursery Rhyme Maker
- Nursery Rhyme Games
- Nursery Rhymes Sampler
Activities Using Your Hands
- Help Mother Goose
- Coloring Pages
- Nursery Rhymes Idea
Nursery Rhymes with Animals
- Plants and Animals toys
- African Animals
- Books with Animals and Rhymes
Posted on 3rd June 2009
Substantial evidence exists which confirms that early age learning of rhythmic songs, chants and poems in addition to nursery rhymes greatly enhances early phonemic awareness and reading skills. Facts that research has brought to fore show that phonemic awareness as being amongst the defining factors for a child's reading success.
The most enduring element that comes with rhymes and poems is that they're fun; they bring out activeness and create an environment for phonemic awareness (phonemic is the ability listen to sounds much like vibrations and then be able to differentiate between each of them in a language) - this is now known by the way of a research showcasing reading success!
The results have been there for all to see, the joy of young children sees upon being introduced to a new poem, they soon start catching and then murmuring the patterns and rhythms they can see within that poem. They are quick to observe the patterns and then follow them.
How to Teach Children to Learn A Nursery Rhyme
There is not a great deal involved in teaching children's nursery rhymes because most nursery rhymes are filled with fantasies which is what children at a young age are most curious about. It lets them create their own imaginary world allowing them to be creative and playful. Since they are curious, engaging them in creative stories like Jack and Jill is the right thing to get their minds working. Almost immediately, they are left mesmerised and want to learn even more nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are a fun way to teach children and are an enjoyable pre-reading activity.
Some Steps That Shall Aid You in Imparting Nursery Rhymes Lessons
- Always start with simple ones that are not very lengthy, such as Jack and Jill. and ask the child to repeat each line once you have said it. With the child's familiarity with rhyme increasing, allow the child to say all of what he or she knows.
- Do appreciate the child for whatever little they can remember of the rhyming lines. Even though you might have recited it umpteen times, it will take some time before a child can say the rhymes independently.
- Repeat the words that rhyme is a special manner so that the kids know that you are pointing towards something that needs their attention. Take for example, in "Jack and Jill,' stress on the words "Jill" and "hill". Ask the child to say it the way you say it and hope that he or she will take fondly to the rhyming words.
- In a light manner test the rhyming skills of the child, ask them what other words could rhyme with "Jill" and "hill". This is applicable to any of the classic nursery rhymes. For instance, in "Humpty Dumpty". tell the child to identify the word that rhymes with "wall". Sooner or later, through practice, the child will come up with "fall" or other rhyming words.
- Not do prevent the child from dramatising his or her favourite nursery rhyme as that only goes to show the creative instincts that the child possess. Using dolls or even some of the child's toys takes their enjoyment to a higher level.
Posted on 1st June 2009
Most well-known nursery rhymes have their origins from events in history. On the BusSongs website, wherever available, you can find nursery rhymes as well as their origins and their meanings. Additionally, the site has music and videos for a large collection of nursery rhymes, poems and other children's songs.
Two ideal examples of such nursery rhymes that are based on historical events is "Please Remember", which is a reference to Guy Fawkes's unsuccessful attempt to destroy the English Houses of Parliament! The other example is the song "Ring around the Roise" which refers to the Bubonic plague. A large section of the lyrics in nursery rhymes today were used to parody the political happenings during those times.
Despite the fact that it has been centuries since those events happened, and the events have no significance in our present world, the stories live on in nursery rhymes today. One importance of nursery rhymes is therefore to help maintain our historical heritage and teach children some of the past historical happenings through nursery rhymes.
Kids Love Listening to Nursery Rhymes
Most kids are very fond of listening to nursery rhymes. The BusSongs site is home to a vast number of popular nursery rhymes listed with brief details on their origins and history. Some of the most popular nursery rhymes include; "The Banana Boat Song (Day-o)". "Hush Little baby". "You are my sunshine". "Jack and Jill" and "Pittypat and Tippytoe". These are some of the most viewed and rated songs on the BusSongs website. These songs have proven to be so popular that they have been passed from generation to generation over the years.
As much as the historical significance and the origins of these songs have become obscure, the lyrics of the nursery rhymes have altered only slightly over infinite re-tellings. This is despite the fact that the English language has evolved greatly over the last 600 years! Nursery rhymes go a long way to educate children in a fun manner and also teach them about some of the past events that shaped the world today.
Another nursery rhyme that has a strong relevance to history is "Oranges and Lemons". which tries to replicate the chimes of many old churches that were once an integral part of London society. "Pussy Cat Pussy Cat" is another children favourite, since it's every child's fantasy to have the chance 'to go up to London to visit the Queen'. And, "Hey Diddle Diddle" is a great bedtime song for kids wherein the cat and the fiddle go to meet the boy.
Nursery Rhymes Have Originated from Historical Happenings or Situations
A large majority of nursery rhymes today have their origins in historical happenings or situations. British politics was in fact very pivotal to the origin of nursery rhymes, which were often used to spread gossip and rumours in references to the monarchs. Each rumour giving information about a particular story's origin, is just another rumour. You may have come cross a number of stories claiming to have the most accurate information regarding the origin, and some of it may not be true other than author names and the earliest publication dates of nursery rhymes.
Another good example of a rhyme that originated centuries ago is "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater".
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her,
Put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her, very well.
Peter was a poor man married to an unfaithful wife. He wanted to find a way to stop her from cheating on him. He came up with an idea prevalent in those days for men in the same predicament. He got a chastity belt, in this case the pumpkin shell, which was a pair of steel laden underwear with a lock and key. The chastity belt would debar anyone from touching the woman, and only the man with the key (her husband) could.
Knowledge of the English language and English history has helped immensely in the analysis of the origins of nursery rhymes today.
For more songs and information about their origins, check out BusSongs. com.
Posted on 29th May 2009
The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book
Authors Iona Opie, Peter Opie, Joan Hassall.
This book consists of 226 pages in total.
Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.
For nearly 200 years, or even more, the transmission of nursery rhymes has received tremendous support through print. This book is the epitome of all nursery rhyme books, where more nursery rhymes are alive in the English language today than ever before.
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
Authors Peter Opie, Iona Opie.
This book consists of 654 pages in total.
Collections: Education, Entire Library, Literature.
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes is a true classic that has put together more than 500 nursery rhymes, nonsense jingles, songs, rhyming alphabets, and lullabies conventionally given to young children. Each of the rhymes and songs has been listed in alphabetical order, starting with 'A was an apple-pie' all the way to 'Yankee Doodle came to town' and many more such favourites.
Thinking through the Arts
Author Wendy Schiller.
This book consists of 246 pages in total.
Chapter 9 "Nursery Rhymes".
Collections: Education, Entire Library.
This book has been created with an attempt to include broad-ranging and user-friendly text. It presents a unique insight of teachers taking up the role of researchers. It challenges the perception wherein art is emotionally-based and thus having to relevance to thinking and learning. The book covers topics such dance, drama, arts, music and environments.
The Natural History of Make-Believe.
A Guide to the Principal Works of Britain, Europe, and America.
Chapter 1 "The World Three Inches Tall: The Descent of the Nursery Rhyme").
Author John Goldthwaite. This book consists of 392 pages in total.
Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.
The Man in the Moon has descended upon earth to pay a visit. Elsewhere, a rabbit dressed in trousers is smoking a pipe while reading an evening paper. Not too far, Alice is walking past the meadows through a looking glass; Dorothy is having a fun filled ride sitting over a tornado which is taking her to Oz, plus Jack is climbing a beanstalk routed to heaven. This book is full of such children's stories.
English Children's Books, 1600 to 1900
Author Percy Muir.
This book consists of 258 pages in total.
"A Note on Nursery Rhymes" begins on page 76.
Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.
On page 75 one can find a note on Nursery Rhymes while on page 76 An Alphabetical list of rhymes can be found. Peter Opie and Iona Opie have so eruditely edited the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.
The English Carol
Author Erik Routley.
This book consists of 274 pages in total.
Collections: Religious Studies, Entire Library.
. '. The Seven Joys of Mary" it brings us very close into the realm of nursery-rhyme. The earlier versions belong to this in the medieval manuscripts.
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Author Humphrey Carpenter, Mari Prichard.
This book consists of 594 pages in total.
"Nursery Rhymes or Mother Goose Rhymes" begins on page 382.
Collections: Education, Literature, Entire Library.
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes incorporates fairy characters and nursery rhymes.
Folk Nursery Rhyme in Abanindranath Tagore's 'The Condensed-Milk Doll,' in Asian Folklore Studies.
Author Sanjay Sircar.
Collections: Literature, Entire Library.
It is not known that what number of pages carry nursery rhymes or the total number of nursery rhyme listed in this book, they are mostly of generic type.
A Common Nomenclature for Traditional Rhymes, in Asian Folklore Studies
Author Syed Mohammad Shahed.
Collections: Literature, Entire Library.
Mostly termed as being "Mother Goose rhymes" and "nursery rhymes". Some of the out-dated terms used in the nursery rhymes have steadily been replaced by fresh "nursery rhymes words".
Children and Literature in Medieval England
by Nicholas Orme.
This book consists of 29 pages in total.
Collections: Literature, Entire Library.
Learn to play with classic medieval English children's literature. The term nursery rhymes were initially coined in the early 19th century which is completely misleading. They might be trying to convey that nursery rhymes are meant to be just childish.
Times & Tides, in History Today
Author Pamela Tudor-Craig.
This book consists of 3 pages in total.
Collections: History, Entire Library.
There is a nursery rhyme called White Bird Featherless. which happens to be amongst the most fascinating of all nursery rhymes, yet very few people are familiar with it.
Posted on 27th May 2009
There are many different methods which can be used and applied when attempting to teach nursery rhymes to children. No child knows a song, poem or nursery rhyme by birth and each child has to be at some point introduced. Upon introducing a rhyme to the child for the first time you can read it but it would be better if you would sing it while showing some pictures to them. Encourage them to sing along with you.
Rhymes that contain activity
Rhymes contain words about many kinds of activities that children take up in their every day life, like running, dancing, creating paper toys, colouring, drawing and many more. If rhymes that have similar wordings are taught to them then it shall assist them in being able to identify very quickly with that activity. Also make use of the dearest toys while enacting or singing the rhymes and poems, like by holding their bunny toy and use the bunny's hands to show them how to brush their teeth, once they see their favourite stuffed toy brushing its teeth they too shall find brushing their own teeth a fun activity to do. Also songs like Little Miss Muffet. Humptey Dumptey. Jack and Jill. Hickory Dickory Dock and Hide And Seek are great example of activity nursery rhymes that immensely benefits children by improving their all round activeness.
Using Nursery Rhymes to Teach Children New Concepts
- The use of rhymes fits aptly when trying to reinforce other kindergarten and pre-school lessons. For instance, Hickory Dickory Dock could well be used where time is being mentioned or being used as description. Create a cardboard clock with string like hands to show the movement of clock's hands, also allow the children to move the strings while the song is being played or sung.
- Another rhyme called Five Little Monkeys At The Zoo is a great way to teach the kids about a unit on numbers. Create (or ask the children to make) 5 paper monkeys, and when the rhyme is in progress the children can be asked to out the correct number of monkeys while each of the corresponding rhyme verse is read out. The rhyme One Two Three Four also works for this in a similar way.
- The rhyme Monday's Child is apt while teaching kids about the different days of the week. There is another lovely weekday song called Sneezing that reads this way:
If you sneeze on Monday, you sneeze for danger;
Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger;
Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter;
Sneeze on a Thursday, something better.
Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow;
Sneeze on a Saturday, joy to-morrow.
- Also rhymes can be used to teach children about the changes in languages and customs that have occurred over a period in time. Admittedly many words found in rhymes are somewhat outmoded but their modern-day equivalents can be found. For instance, in the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard. tell the kids that these days cupboard is prevalent. That's not all, rhymes also act as a means of telling kids some really interesting differences in the way we live presently and how people lead a rather simple life long ago. For instance, in the rhyme Rub-a-dub-dub. there are three Men in a Tub, one of those three is a candle-stick maker. So you can tell them that many many years ago electricity wasn't available thus candles were a source for light. Jack and Jill fetches water; by reading this rhyme you can tell the kids that how water was sourced from wells and the carried all the way back home many hundred years ago.
There are many rhymes, songs and poems that you can use to teach children songs and conversely while teaching songs you can also teach children on what these rhymes have to convey. We also have a huge collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes to help keep alive the traditions of mums and dads singing their children to sleep.
Posted on 25th May 2009
A lot of the Nursery Rhymes that we read and recite everyday are either is one way or the other associated or reflect on real happenings that took place in history! The real or in other words the hidden meanings of Nursery Rhymes have been lost as time has progressed. The basis of a nursery rhyme has always been on royal, political as well as general events of the day. The use of the humble Rhyme was made to spread subversive messages! One should also understand that no matter how credible a rhyme origin may seem to be, nobody knows the actual and exact way of them coming to life. In the nursery rhyme world and in particular their origin, common sense must always prevail.
For centuries together nursery rhymes have been an integral part of every child's childhood. Nursery rhymes have been recited to children to wake them up, to put them to sleep, to teach them about animal, happenings and all sorts of things. But most of us have little or no idea about their origin or what is the meaning of a particular verse or rhyme is. The BusSongs site has over 1867 songs which you can read to your kids and if you would like you can also read out the brief explanation given at the bottom of the page regarding the origin that song.
Freedom of Speech and Expression
Another great feature about nursery rhymes is that they allow freedom of speech and expression using short verses. Rhymes are most often short and thus easy to remember and this has always proved to be a critical element for the young ones taking their first steps towards learning to identify things around them or for evening learning basis things like counting numbers and alphabets. For those people who could not read or write a rhyme was used to pass the message. The rhyme was also very useful when commoners wanted to pass a short comment or message on the events of a day.
The first English rhyme of real importance has its origins dating back to the 14th century! This is a small rhyme that caught the imagination quite quickly and spread from person to person, it was remembered easily and created an English revolution - a call for recognition and class equality!
When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then a gentleman.
(To delve means to work and 'span' refers to spinning yarn there was no class distinction when there was only Adam and Eve).
Posted on 23rd May 2009
There are innumerable tales that one can find in any kind of Mother Goose collection. There are lots many collections today and the origin of such tales are soaked in history, belonging to a by gone era where children were told folk stories. It's widely accepted that the 1st publication containing a nursery rhyme collection was made available in 1744, while the 1st confirmed Nursery Rhymes collection using the term "Mother Goose" dates back to 1780. There are also traces that a collection of stories named "Mother Goose's Tales" was printed and published in 1729! The term "Mother Goose" became favouable amongst publishers, printers and the population in general. Soon the illustrations that were a part of 'Mother Goose' publication depicted her as an old crone, or a witch. There have the numerous claims that have said to own the term 'Mother Goose', we will go on to discuss.
The French Are Credited To Have Founded The Term Mother Goose
If at all one were to look for a real mother goose, then she can be traced back the 8th Century when a noblewoman named Bertrada II of Laon who, in the year 740, wed Pepin the Short, King of the Franks, and then in 2 years time gave birth to their son Charles, named Charlemagne, also remembered as de facto founder & establisher of the Holy Roman Empire. Bertrada, played a significant role as a patroness of children and imparted upon her all conquering son his only education, she was even referred to as Berte aux grand pied, or Bertha Goosefoot.
This is the little of what is known of Bertrada's role and by the turn of the seventeenth Century mere l'oye referred to as a mythical Mother Goose by French peasants and nobility similar to that of a fairy birdmother who recited charming tales to children. A few of such stories were made available through print as early as 1637 in Giambattista Basile's Italian stories collection entitled The Pentamerone; There is another collection belonging to one more Italian named Giovanni Francesco Straparola, to whose credit there are seventy-three folktales collected in Facetious Nights (1550-1554). These tales from Giovanni Francesco Straparola served as a source for plays by both Moliere and Shakespeare.
In the year 1697 a Frenchmen named Charles Peerault published a masterpiece containing 8 famous folk tales which included the likes of "Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella" & "Little Red Riding Hood". The book was titled "Histories and Tales of Long Ago, with Morals". The opening page or the title page had the words "Contes de ma mere l'Oye" meaning "Tales of Mother Goose" engraved but none of the rhymes could be termed having any relevance with Mother Goose, a large section of which have originated from England. The illustration on the title page showed an old aged witch-like lady spinning & telling stories.
Mother Goose Stories In England
In 1729 Perrault's tales originally published in French were translated into English by Robert Samber and then published as well. "Mother Goose's Tales" these were the words used to describe the book. In 1744, John Newbery who happened to a be a publisher as well as a bookseller published his 1st children's book called "The Little Pretty Pocket Book" and he dedicated this book to Guardians, Parents & Nurses residing in Great Britain and Ireland. The book turned out to be an instant hit and opened a new market where children's books and rhymes became an important part of the culture. In the year Newbery released his most successful publication titled "Little Goody Two Shoes". Upon his death in 1780, Thomas Carnan, the step of John Newbery became the publication's new owner of the Newbery Publishing House. Thomas Carnan then began using the term "Mother Goose's Melody - or Sonnets for the Cradle" at London Stationer's Hall.
Mother Goose Stories In America
In 1787, Isaiah Thomas published the 1st American edition of Mother Goose's Melody: or Sonnets for the Cradle that had favorites such as Jack & Jill and also Little Tommy Tucker, additionally there were 50 more such rhymes. With the passage of time editors have widened the Thomas' modest collection, but in reality old tales and rhymes that have originated from European antiquity continue to be amongst collections of as many as seven hundred rhymes, stories, and riddles.
Posted on 21st May 2009
Undoubtedly there exists many benefits of learning pre-school songs and nursery rhymes. More than anything, what it teaches young ones is the art of listening. It instills in them the skill of learning to what they listen to, which is an important step towards been able to read.
Here at BusSongs, we encourage children to learn, read and listen to Nursery Rhymes, songs and poems in a fun manner by presenting the vast collection of rhymes, poems and songs in an entertaining format. Through these methods, children learn to appreciate and also develop skills for rhyme and rhythm which in turn aids in the development of their memory and help them identify things around them.
Helps grow children activeness
There has been quite a number of research studies conducted which have tried to understand early childhood development. Reading patterns have shown that children who witnessed difficulties in recognizing words that have rhyme, go on to face problems in learning to read. Therefore, the importance of getting children well versed and acquainted with pre-school songs and rhymes cannot be underestimated.
Nursery rhymes helps in pushing forth these activeness in a child. There are many nursery rhymes on the activity songs page like Clap Your Hands. Fingers And Toes. Marching Song and many others songs that help initiate activity in growing toddlers. Poems and verses can be found on the children's poems page. These use words to paint word pictures in minds of growing kids about the world around them, and the gift of freedom, nature and animals.
Read, Act, Playing And Sing Rhymes
Upon reading, acting out, playing or even singing the rhymes to your children, you are in a sense telling them that sounds are created using words, and using words to convey an expression or thought is a fun thing to do. This way, you are using rhymes, poems and songs to enable children to learn the ability to identify things and understand different things easily. This is where the BusSongs site is really unique, not only does it have the words to nursery rhymes, but also corresponding music. Additionally, it also has videos for a large number of songs and rhymes. Parents can make learning more fun for their children. Nursery Rhymes can also help children develop, appreciate, and understand the humor that a large section of rhymes contain.
Nursery rhymes, pre-school songs and children's poems will always remain the same as there are. There's always going to be new children in our world who will start learning through the means of these songs. Parents, teachers and children have kept passing on these lovely traditions and heritage over centuries, allowing us to build a strong foundation for the future generations to able to benefit from our rich history.