Music helps children learn by imprinting several senses concurrently, and they will retain by memory, whatever they have learned by singing. Here is a mix of classic, traditional, and modern songs for curriculum-theme-enhanced learning, from money counting to telling time.
Money – Math Songs
Help youngsters count change in “The Coin Song- a U.S. coins song for children”, which is a short song sung by preschool children. And to help your kids turn change into bills, sing & count along with “The Coin Song” by Kid2020 .com.
Nutrition & Health Songs
The animated video “Sid the Science Kid -The Delicious Nutritious Band” has a catchy song, with an international-flavors theme. Encourage your kids to jump up, and dance along with the beat, to promote exercise as an important part of health, as seen in “Barney & Friends – The Healthy Song” with dancing fruits and veggies.
This reggae-styled sing-along video “Food Rainbow: A Song For Kindergarten” is helpful for all ages. With sound nutritional advice, eating a vibrant-rainbow variety of fruits and vegetables as shown, it can enhance sight recognition of healthy foods.
Pre-K Reading-Ready Songs
Hooked on Phonics TV has a series of reading-ready animated songs to introduce preschoolers to sight-and-sound words, through catchy songs and animation. Start with the “‘A’ Song – Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K”, and continue with a different letter daily or weekly, through the letter z, a helpful strategy especially with difficult-sounding letters such as the “‘Q’ Song – Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K”.
Reading Encouragement Songs
To get kids excited about a trip to the library use this fun karaoke-style sing-along, to the tune of a popular Black Eyed Peas song in “Gotta Keep Reading Song by Heath” (a teacher). Then take your classroom of kids, or homeschoolers, to the library for reading-adventures that will last a lifetime.
Here is the official theme song to a PBS series that lasted 26 years, starring LaVar Burton, the “Reading Rainbow Intro 1999-present”. An important show for children, teachers, and families alike, demonstrating all the adventures found in reading books, captured within the theme song.
Religious Songs – All Ages
To help children memorize the books of the Bible watch this video with an introductory prediction and quote from Martin Luther, followed by a cheerful tune, scriptural promises, and lyrics in the “66 Books of the Bible Song”. Or jump right into singing this lively version of “Books of the Bible Song” that we taught our kids in a church-based AWANA program.
A fun cartooned sing-along video “The ABC Song Bible version” is solid ABC’s, and can be used in conjunction with traditional ABC-Alphabet songs, found in “Best Songs & Music to Supplement Pre-K & Elementary Curriculum”. For the happiest, hand-clapping songs of faith, sung by children, follow along with this 24-minute video of “Sunday School Songs – Maranatha” (no lyrics included, but not necessary to understand or to sing along).
Science Set to Song
Teach young students about bacteria which can make them sick in “Science Pirates Songs – Bacteria Song”, a fun and instructional-cartoon song from New Mexico State University. And teach the function of plants in “The Photosynthesis Song” by Peter Weatherall, with lyrics and easy-to-understand illustrations.
For your advanced children, a fast-moving sing-along of the “NEW Periodic Table Song PLUS Lyrics! (In Order)” with explanatory cartoons, and pictures, set to the lively tune of Offenbach’s Can-Can (dance hall music). Or view the slower version of this clever teaching tool in “SLOW ‘The NEW Periodic Table Song (In Order)’ (AsapSCIENCE 2013)” for a better understanding of the Periodic Table of Elements.
Telling Time – A Preschool Introduction
Get your toddlers singing the classic tune of “Hickory Dickory Dock_sing a long.wmv”, as this one has a mouse running up the clock for all the numbers from 1:00 to 12:00 o’clock (instead of repeating 1:00 o’clock, or leaving us stranded at 3:00 o’clock). Another clock tutorial has a finger-tapping beat for your kids to wiggle with in “How to Read a Clock – How to Tell Time Song”.
For preschool educators, elementary teachers, or homeschoolers, these songs and dances are ideal for use in public or private classrooms, at home, or even Sunday school applications. Sing and dance along with your kids for educational fun, and wholesome learning.