Car Songs

Although school has started, we spent two weeks in August on vacation which prompted this post.  Long drives can be boring, and though electronics like movie watching can take up a large chunk of the drive, they do nothing to stimulate the brain.  Music plays a big part in our lives.  My teenagers are usually plugged into MP3 players but the little ones begin to moan after an hour in the car.  This is a great time to bring out your repertoire of children’s songs.  According to an article in The Guardian, “Singing traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes to babies… before they learn to speak, is an essential precursor to later educational success and emotional wellbeing”, says author Sally Blythe in her book The Genius of Natural Childhood. “Song is a special type of speech,”  research shows that music and rhyme increase a child’s ability in spatial reasoning, which can enhance a child’s mathematical and scientific abilities.

Some of our favorite children’s songs:

Wheels on the bus

Little Red Caboose

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

This Old Man

It’s Raining Its Pouring

Row Row Row Your Boat

Down By the Bay

Teddy Bears Picnic

Farmer in the Dell

Pop Goes the Weasel

Are You Sleeping?

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Old MacDonald had a Farm

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About angiew.littleredhen

The Little Red Hen is an old folk tale which offers a moralistic tale of the importance of industry and hard work and the shame as well as consequences of laziness. A favorite story of my youth and a simple guide in adulthood.
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