Pram Jam with Beth – Music CDs for children

One of the awesome things about living in the City of Cockburn, and Perth in general, is that we are certainly not a monoculture society. Our children are exposed to a wide range of communities and nationalities throughout their day to day experiences, and it shows in how tolerant and welcoming Cockburn kids are to new families in our neighbourhoods. As parents we have a special role in encouraging this understanding and appreciation and exposing our children to as much variety of culture as we can. Today I wanted to talk about one of my favourite ways that the Cockburn Libraries can support you in this endeavor:¬† our Children’s Music Collection!

Our newly revived and relocated Children’s CD collection at Coolbellup Library – now found (duh duh dum…) in the children’s area ūüėČ

I am sure that you’re all aware of how beneficial it is for our young babies to be exposed to a wide range of rhythms and tunes from birth – listening to different beats and languages in song helps to develop their hearing skills and musical appreciation. The theory behind the Baby Einstein series is sound (bad pun!), and increased exposure to classic music will open up specific neural pathways in our children sooner than in those babies not played such a wide variety of music. But what if you’re not aiming at creating a baby who is smarter than you are by the time they are three? What about the benefits of a baby who can hold a tune, beat out a funky rhythm and appreciate the complicated melodies of interesting music? Well, those babies are the most fun ones, in my opinion!¬† They will grin from ear to ear when they hear music that they like, create silly songs with you at the drop of a hat (or a beat…) and provide endless entertainment throughout their lives.

Here are a few suggestions for books for adults to help bring music into your day to day routines with your babies.

Book Suggestions

I can make music : play-and-learn activities to empower children through music / Patricia Shehan Campbell.

I can make music opens parents up to ways to enhance the cognitive, kinesthetic and social-emotional development of their toddlers through music that is everywhere in the air and in the environments in which we live.

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101 rhythm instrument activities for young children

By Abigail Flesch Connors ; illustrated by Deborah C. Wright.

The perfect book to introduce rhythm instruments to young children. The activities bring music into the classroom and offer ways for children to participate in the music experience, using rhythm sticks, sand blocks, bells, shakers, and more! Abigail Flesch Connors is an early-childhood music specialist. Her programs include singing, dance, rhythm instrument activities, literacy/music activities and listening games.

We have recently added quite a number of CDs to our Children’s CD collection, and though for some the CD format is a dying medium, I find that they’re really a particularly useful item to have in my parenting toolbox. I am especially excited to have a wide range of the Putumayo Kids CDs available in the collection, as these have been especially popular in my own family – they are CDs that don’t become tiresome quickly, they are varied and range between soothing (Dreamland) and stimulating (Playground). Here are a just a couple of my faves:

Putumayo Kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

A harmonious collection of tranquil lullabies and soothing songs.

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Putumayo Kids presents Caribbean playground [sound recording]

A collection of fun Caribbean music for children.

Rhythm focused Pram Jam songs as our rhymes today

I hope that you feel like I’ve encouraged you to browse the Children’s CD collections next time you are in the library, as there are some amazing treasures there just waiting to be found. Be welcoming and open to new music in your every day lives with your children, you will be amazed where you’ll find inspiration. One of my earworms¬†this year has been this 5 little men in a flying saucer song, which my son’s kindy teacher introduced at the start of the school year. Our beloved Mrs M has the matching accent to this BBC version of the song so I thought I’d share it with you all¬† – perhaps it can bump off that other earworm of Baby Shark (do do, do do do do)