Literacy through Music

by Stacy

Learning to read can be an adventure. Why not have fun while learning to read?

Reading success largely depends on the mastery of speaking and writing. Music helps people of all ages to identify words, rhymes, patterns, and alliterations. Sharing music with others can help ease anxiety about reading. Not only does music increase reading ability, but social skills as well. Music can also help people learn and memorize new information and discover the world around them.

http://www.songsforteaching.com/lb/literacymusic.htm

Here are a couple of examples (click to go to a site where you can listen):

You’re Learning to Read by Cathy Bollinger

You take a “g” and an “r”
And make a “gr”
You take an “s” and an “h”
And make a “sh”
You put two “e’s” together
And make “ee”
You put two “o’s” together
And make “oo”

Every letter has a sound
And sounds turn into words
You put them all together and what’ve you got?
You’re learning to read

You take an “l” and an “a”
And make “la-la-la-la-la”
You take a “b” and an “r”
And make “brrrrr”
You take an “o” and a “y”
And make “oy”
You take a “b” and an “l”
And make “bl-bl-bl-bl-bl”

Every letter has a sound
And sounds turn into words
You put them all together and what’ve you got?
You’re learning to read

You take a “b” and a “z”
And make “bzzzzzz”
You take an “o” and a “k”
And make O.K.
You take a “c” and an “h”
And make a “ch-ch-ch-ch-ch”
You take an “h” and an “a”
And make a “ha-ha-ha-ha-ha”

chorus
ABCDEFGHIJKLMN
OPQRSTUVWXY and Z

Everything Has A Shape by Hap Palmer

Everything has a shape,
Pencils, pretzels and plates.
Sneakers and skates and Superman’s cape,
Rivers and lakes and tiny snowflakes,
Everything has a shape, everything has a shape.

One can you show me a wide shape.
Two can you show me a thin shape.
Three can you show me a short shape.
Four can you show me a long shape.

Five can you show me a round shape.
Six can you show me a flat shape.
Seven can you show me a twisted shape.

Eight can you show me a stretching shape.
Nine can you show me a strong shape.
Ten can you show me a soft shape.
Eleven can you show me a balanced shape.
Twelve can you show me a leaning shape.

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