Red Yarn singing

Red Yarn and Bob

If you have a young kid, you know that Portland, OR is a place bursting with good kindie musicians. Cedar Mill Library is hosting two kindie musicians this summer– dynamic folksinger Red Yarn on July 20 and award-winning Latin group Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on July 27, both at 10:00 am at St. Pius X Catholic Church Community Center, 1280 Saltzman Road in Portland. Lucky Diaz will also perform on July 25 at 10:00 am at the Bethany Fountain!

Lucky Diaz with guitar

Lucky Diaz

Music is not only fun for children, it helps with language and brain development, phonological awareness, spatial-temporal skills, and more- all components of growing into a strong reader. Phonological awareness is an auditory ability to hear smaller sounds in words and to rhyme. This skill is a good predictor of reading success or difficulty. Reading Rockets has a helpful resource page about this early literacy skill, and some fun activities you can try with your child. Musician and early childhood educator Nancy Stewart explains the powerful role of singing with your child: “Music builds a strong sense of rhythm, which leads to a better ability to understand and produce language. Singing develops spatial reasoning, which allows children to recognize patterns and later helps in problem-solving. Songs are rich in vocabulary and by nature build phonological awareness. “

There are many ways to incorporate music in your home. Need some suggestions for quality, kid-friendly music? Try these sources:

Common Sense Media– Music Reviews by age

Swing Whistle Zing: Finding Kids Music for Everyone (search by age)

Zooglobble: Kids Music Worth Sharing

NPR’s Music for Kids That Even Parents Might Love