Friday, February 17, 2017

4 REASONS WHY PATRIOTIC SINGING HELPS KIDS READ



 4 REASONS WHY PATRIOTIC SINGING HELPS KIDS READ

President's Day is a great holiday to sing and read about because it also supports citizenship and learning about patriotism. Singing helps students develop an emotional connection to the words and the meaning of the song. Students love to learn about their country, the flag, the Presidents and all about America. Why not use this love and develop this connection to help them become better readers? Here's four reasons why I believe that Patriotic singing can help kids learn to read.
1-RHYMING DEVELOPS PHONEMIC AWARENESS
2-SINGING CELEBRATES THE SOUNDS OF LANGUAGE
3-LOVING THE LANGUAGE MAKES GOOD READERS
4-LISTENING, SINGING, READING COMPLIMENT LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT SKILLS
  • Ask them to create hand moves and actions too. 
  • Ask them to perform for others. 
  • Ask them to talk about the meaning of the words.
  • Ask them to point out all the rhyming words or vocabulary words.
President's Day is a great holiday to sing and read because it also supports citizenship and learning about patriotism.
Here's a Freebie coloring and writing printable that asks students to write the name of the coin that the president's head resides on.
You'll find 17 songs for Presidents Day, Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day. The songs are set to familiar tunes. You can use them as chants or poetry or songs. Each song has a cute color printable. There is also a readers theater for Presidents Day. Using songs, poems and writing activities in your classroom is a great way to build literacy skills while connecting to relevant and fun experiences. 
For a fun Brain Break activity, I created this PATRIOTIC MOVES and PATRIOTIC SCARVES for students to not only burn out some wiggles and re-energize but to exercise gross motor skills. Both activities features cross body movements which helps students read better.









Songs have rhyming words. Singing rhyming words will help them recognize and become familiar with rhyming sounds. As part of your Literacy activities, you can have students point out and read all of the rhyming words. As part of a literacy center students can make a list of different rhyming words. And more advanced students might be able to compose a few short lines and make their own song or poem.

Singing is a great way for students to fall in love with words. Reading the lyrics to the songs as if telling a story will add a bit of drama and help students gain more interest in reading the words. You don't have to have a great singing voice. It's the feelings of "togetherness and belonging" singing inspires that will bond students to you and learning.
If students love to sing and learn songs-chance is that they will love to read too. Singing songs and then participating in learning activities that center on the songs, provides many diverse opportunities for students to gain confidence in their language skills. Singing also creates an emotional response which will help the student feel good or "love" reading too.

Listening to a story and then singing the songs compliment language development. It's all about the brain connections. Every time the student sings they engage established connections and develop new ones. Singing and Reading work together to build strong language skills. 

I love combining music and literacy activities. Students love to read the rhyming words and the lyrics of the songs projected on the smart board. Holiday themes are especially exciting to them. 
Why not sing your way through all these fun holidays?  Can't sing? That's okay-use the songs as poems and chants. I'll bet that you have singers in your classroom. The songs are set to familiar tunes and all you'll have to do is tell the students to sing them to that tune and it's so fun to hear them sing the new words.
Children love to sing. Here are some ideas to help them learn to read the words.

Providing diverse learning opportunities is a great way to enhance reading skills and encourage social skills. 
I've grown to love creating literacy activities that incorporate music because I'm such a big believer that it WORKS! 
This Patriotic Bundle of Literacy Activities is a Forever Freebie in my TpT store.                                                                                                              Patriotic Music Program with Script or Readers Theater and    
              PATRIOTIC READERS THEATER AND SONGS


          FREEBIE PRESIDENTS DAY PRINTABLE
 Students will love figuring out which coin matches the President.  There are 3 sheets. 1 for Lincoln, 1 for Washington and 1 with both. Students fill in the Name and the Coin. Use as morning work !
I've combined President's Day, Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day into one big Literacy Bundle. 
If you'd like to check out my paid resources, I created a President's Day Literacy Bundle with songs, poems, reader's theater and writing activities. It also includes a craftivity.
President's Day Songs,Readers Theater, Game and Literacy A
President's Day Literacy Bundle 

Wishing you a wonderful February!


FEBRUARY SONGS *READERS THEATER*WRITING*COLORING*PRINTABLES*GAMES


Why not sing your way through February? Students will go home with a little more "joy" in their hearts and develop reading skills too!
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