Where is thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today, friend? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
...and we sang...
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round!
The wheels on the bus go round and round, All around the town!
...and then we sang...
The Seals on the Bus!
Of course, singing is a big part of any storytime for young children, but have you ever wondered why?
Singing songs and nursery rhymes…
- exposes children to words that may not be used much in ordinary conversation
- stretches out the sounds in our words, making it easier for children to hear them
- is fun and engaging, making it easier for children’s brains to learn
- involves lots of repetition of words and phrases
Scientists who study the brain development of children have seen over and over that children who know nursery rhymes and songs when they are very young find it easier to learn to read when they get older.
So sing with your children – every single day!