Early Literacy is Dancing

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Music and dance, rhythm and movement, go hand in hand with early literacy and a child forming a "mind for reading." As there is rhythm in music, so there is rhythm to words and sentences. Evolving motor skills have a correlating musical meter and when children learn to read and write, they develop an internal rhythm (Linking Literacy and Movement by Rae Pica).
 

There are many links between literacy and movement. Movement and language are both forms of communication and self-expression.  Body language is a distinct method of communication, and it is believed that "ideas and feelings expressed in words actually begin in the body. . .Before you write or speak, there is a physical response." . . . .We often hear that our bodies express more then our words during communication with others. (Linking Literacy and Movement by Rae Pica).

So, get up and dance with your baby, toddler, preschooler or grade school child!  The Santa Clara County Library has a great collection of music for dancing with your child.  Whether you are still in traditional CD music mode or you are in the streaming music mode with SCCLD's  Freegal Music -- we have just the music for you! 

Here are a few suggestions to get dancing -- coming straight from our storytimes to you: 


 
CD Link Freegal Link
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Favorites:
We Are the Dinosaurs
The Ants Go Marching
The Wheels on the Bus
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  Favorites:
Run Baby Run
Fuzzy Wuzzy
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Favorites:
Chicken Dance
T
he Lion Sleeps Tonight
 
 
Further Fun Resources and Ideas

5 Reasons to Have a Dance Party With Your Kids

15 Kid-Friendly Songs for a Rockin' Family Dance Party
Help Your Child Learn Through Creativity
Go Noodle - Dance Videos for Kids
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