We live in a day and age where music is readily available to us. There is Pandora, and iTunes, satellite radio and even music channels on your TV. With all of our options, it is easy to become overwhelmed. I was recently asked by some of my students to identify some of my favorite children’s music. So here is a short list of musical collections Harper and I are currently enjoying.
First of all, have you heard of the Putumayo Kids collection yet? Talk about variety! They have over 20 CDs that feature music from all around the world. I first learned about Putumayo through Pandora and have been hooked ever since. I love the Animal CD best because it is a great learning tool for teaching our little ones about the different types of creatures that live on our planet. The music is fun and upbeat and makes you want to dance. And Putumayo is not just limited to kids music. They have an extensive collection of music for all ages.
As I have mentioned before, exposing your child to a variety of music helps them to appreciate different styles and sounds from an early age. Brilliant Beginnings offers beautiful music from all over the world. You can dance with your child to flamenco, drum to an Irish jig or explore your maracas to the traditional sounds of the Cahuilla people. The music is simple enough for your little ones to treasure but sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy.
There is something magical about reggae that just makes me want to groove. And now your little ones can groove along with you. A wonderful collection of original tunes and a few covers, Family Time resonates with themes of fun, responsibility, and freedom. Sing along with a new twist on the ABCs, play a musical version of “Ziggy Says” and enjoy story time with a message that promotes unity and love.
There is nothing better than a family sing-a-long. A fan of all things created by Lynn Kleiner, Farm Songs has quickly become a new favorite in our household. This CD is a delightful combination of music, learning, humor, and fun for people of all ages! Through the engaging songs, orchestral music, and activities, children will learn about music making, movement, and listening. It is sure to put a smile on your face :)
A musical collection to be enjoyed by the youngest to the oldest, Jack Johnson’s playful tunes and laid-back approach turns out to be the perfect musical alter ego for a the character of Curious George. With songs like “3Rs” which reminds us to recycle, reduce and reuse, and “The Sharing Song” children are taught age-appropriate lessons in an upbeat and fun way. Highly listenable many times around, this music makes me happy.
Your turn: What are some of your favorite children’s song/CDs? Looking forward to hearing your responses :)