A few weeks ago, I had an itch for some new music for the kiddos. The Rusty and Rosy software is constantly using music to teach and so I went to iTunes to see if they had anything available. I do not know why I have never checked to see if they had music available until now! After debating over which album I should try first I finally picked the Beginning Reading Songs.
This was my first official iTunes music purchase and with 20+ tracks and over 10 music videos, I feel I got a lot for my money. Plus, all of this music is educational and easy on the ears. With our current move and all our books and CDs going into boxes, it has been a fun alternative to turn to the Rusty and Rosy music on the computer. The music has a variety of styles and tempos making it enjoyable for the adults in the house to listen to, as well.
I learned long ago the magic of learning for music. It seems like every week my 6 year old son comes home with a new song that is helping him learn something new. The tune of the song is sometimes the same, but because of this simple tune he is grasping the topic of the song a lot quicker than without music. For instance,he learned a song to count by tens to hundreds and recently I heard him using the same tune to count on numbers. It constantly surprises me what he can recall if it is put to music. And an added bonus is that what he comes home singing is often soaked up by his 4 year old sister.
My 4 year old daughter’s favorite song is the ABC Show and Tell Sounds (click the link to see a preview of it. It’s cute!). I love how it is teaching her the alphabet and the sounds of each letter, something that she did seem ready to learn until she started watching/hearing this song.
For me, one of the main reasons I chose this album over the others was for the tracks on language concepts like verbs, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions and quite a few more. I somehow missed learning these concepts in elementary school and did not learn them until I had the 7th grade English teacher assign groups in class to each perform songs focusing on these concepts. It finally clicked for me. I wish I would have had the guts back then to ask to borrow the other tapes to learn all the basic language concepts. Not completely understanding them affected my understanding and writing ability for years including my ability to learn foreign languages. I got lucky and usually did it right, but I never truly understood what I was doing. I still struggle with it and I am excited to have a way for my kiddos to learn them now. I do not want them missing out on knowing those basic language concepts and I hope these songs stick with them for many many years.