Sing with your children

Welcome to Day 7 of 30 Days to Waldorf-Inspired Preschool at Home! (To start at the beginning, just click here!)

Today I want you to start singing!

There are so many reasons to sing with your children. Here are a few off the top of my head:

  • Your child loves your voice
  • Singing is a basic expression of being human
  • Singing together is excellent pre-literacy and memory work
  • Singing inspires movement
  • Singing brings more warmth, joy, and connection into the home
  • Singing is an effective but gentle way to lead transitions
  • You can use songs to strengthen your rhythm and set the mood for different activities
  • You can use songs to gently get your child’s attention or redirect
  • You can use songs to calm or soothe your preschooler
  • Singing is the best music education for the young child
  • Singing brings energy and cheer to the work of the home

If singing is new or feels foreign to you, just give it a try. Start by learning just one song at a time. See how it feels and how your children respond. If you need more encouragement, try this back post on singing with children.

If you’re already comfortable singing, the preschool years are a wonderful time to build up a repertoire of seasonal songs, songs for working in the home, and songs for your rhythm.

At some point (maybe now and maybe later in the kindergarten years) you might like to have a special time each day to gather for songs, fingerplays, or other movement. This is often called circle time and it can start very simple! Circle time can be a lovely way to start the morning or it can be a nice activity for late winter afternoons when the sun is setting but the kids still have wiggles.

How to sing with your children:

1. Sing any songs you like with your children throughout the day. To learn new songs, you might like to look for CDs at the library (try the children’s or folk music sections).

2. Pick songs to help mark the different activities and transitions of your day. For example, you could have a song for cleaning up and a song to bless your meals.

3. Over time you can learn songs to go with each season. The songs section of this blog is a great place to start, and I also love the songbooks by Mary Thienes-Schunemann!

Share with us below:

The most important way to learn something new is to do it and the second most important way is to share your insights and ask questions. Please share with us in the comments below!

What role does singing play in your home?  What's your favorite source for songs to sing?  Have you tried a little circle time or using songs for transitions?

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