Singing action songs is one means of stimulating the child’s language and motor skills development. True enough, it was in singing that LC has learned to associate more words to objects and has actually said ‘broom,’ ‘spoon’ and a few others. Also, LC’s arm movement for waving hellos and goodbyes and for The Wheels On The Bus’ actions became smoother as weeks and months go by.
I’m always on the look out for additions to our music library. In the process, I’ve realized that some goes off the charts in my paranoid world.
Some can be suggestive of violence – if I can call it that.
Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?
Some are …inhumane?
Goosey goosey gander where shall I wander,
Upstairs, downstairs and in my lady’s chamber
There I met an old man who wouldn’t say his prayers,
I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs.
But do you know that these two songs have history and other meanings?
Some are heart stopping.
Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.
I guess a lot of moms agree with me on this.
Some are gross.
Ooey Gooey was a worm,
A little worm was he.
He climbed upon the railroad track,
The train he did not see.
Some are just pure silly. But that’s ok. Kids are free to be silly. 🙂 There are songs though that are truly a joy to add to our library and make our activities more engaging.
One of such is Clean Up Clean Up by Super Simple Learning. It’s said to be for 3-8 year olds but we’ve been using it in our playdates with Adorable A who’s also a 1 year old, and in our everyday activities. It’s so useful when asking LC to pack-away his toys or clean up the storm he made. We could have made up our own songs. Some moms do that. But I’m not that creative enough. So I thank Mommy R for introducing this song to us and more. (We miss you Mommy R!)
The clean up song we use is just one among the many from Super Simple Learning’s albums. They have really good songs. Not the type that leaves an over-analytical mom wondering. 😉 (Disclaimer: I’m not paid to say this. How I wish I am! LOL ) We also use some of their songs in critical parts of our play and learning.
We sing ‘Hello! Hello!’ to start the activities. ‘Are You Hungry’ to signal merienda time. ‘Please Sit Down’ for storytelling time. ‘See You Later’ as the goodbye song. And some others to include in our circle time song arsenal.
Aside from Super Simple Songs, there are many other great children’s songs out there. One particular song we love – another one we mommies did not sing during our pre-school days – is Eric Carle’s From Head To Toe. We so love doing the actions! It’s great in enhancing motor skills. 🙂
Do you have favorites too? Let me hear about it! We’re eager to learn more songs for our toddler. 🙂