First 5 Years

Ready Set Kindergarten English Singing

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

You are your child's first teacher.
Singing can help your child get ready to read.

Download our singing tipsheet:
Singing Tipsheet (.pdf)

Sing and Get Ready to Read!

Make music together!Sing together!

  • Don’t worry if you are not a good singer. Your child will love singing with you! 
  • Sing with your child in the language you know best.
  • Singing will help your child hear the smaller sounds in words. This will help him sound out words when he begins to read.

Sing at Home

  • Sing lullabies to your child before bedtime.
  • Make up your own songs to tunes you already know.
  • Put your child’s name in the songs you sing.

Sing Anywhere.Sing Anywhere

  • Play music CDs or the radio at home or in the car.
  • Sing a favorite song and let your child guess what word comes next.
  • For fun, try singing your child’s favorite songs very fast and then try it very slow.

Sing at the Library

  • Go to a storytime or music program at the library to learn new songs.
  • Check out music CDs from the library.  
  • Ask your librarian to help you find picture books that are songs you can sing.

Make a Family SongbookMake a Family Songbook

  • Write down the words of some of your child’s favorite songs in a note book.
  • Let your child decorate each page in the book.
  • Add the words to new songs as you learn them.
More Resources:

Songs & rhymes recommended by librarians
Song & rhyme videos by BPL Children's Librarians