Singing with Preschoolers

Music is good for preschoolers

Do you ever wake up with a song in your heart? Songs touch our lives in special ways, and singing is so important for preschoolers. Preschoolers are captivated by both melody and rhythm. As they sing, they experience both heard and spoken sound. They experience alliteration and rhyming and sequencing and patterning. Singing builds a foundation for more advanced language skills and physical development. And, music allows us to praise God with our hearts and minds, as well as our bodies.

In Mission Friends®, you can use singing in a variety of ways:

  1. Begin with music. Sing a simple song as each child comes in. To the tune of “London Bridge,” sing I’m so glad that Cash is here, Cash is here, Cash is here; I’m so glad that Cash is here; Welcome to Mission Friends!

  2. Sing favorite songs as preschoolers work in the in the interest areas. You can use the melody of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” in many different ways: This is the way we build with blocks, build with blocks, build with blocks; This is the way we build with blocks in Mission Friends; or This is the way we read a book, read a book, read a book; This is the way we read a book in Mission Friends; or This is the way we wash the dishes, cook the food, serve our friends; This is the way we serve each other in Mission Friends.

  3. During the transition time between interest area play and group time, use music or songs to make cleaning up fun. Challenge preschoolers to move quickly with fast paced music or slowly with slow paced music.

  4. End with music. Use a simple melody to sing your prayer together during prayertime or to sing a Bible thought with your preschooler. This is an excellent way to begin helping preschoolers hide His word in their hearts.

  5. For babies and toddlers, sing simple repetitive songs that they can understand. Or, play quiet classical music as a background to your session.

If you would like some help with songs for preschoolers, our book Sing to the Tune is a great resource. Here you will find songs categories by Christian concept areas like God’s Creation and Community as well as songs for Cleanup and Transition times. One chapter is devoted to finger plays, rhymes, and action songs.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a trained voice. When you sing, your voice is beautiful to your preschoolers and it is beautiful to God. He created us to sing. Just Be glad and sing songs to God (see Psalm 9:2).

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