Have you taught your child to sing? Music is an integral part of the young child’s experience. It doesn’t matter if you croak like a frog or Frankie Sinatra – just open your mouth and sing from the heart.
In the lesson plans I include four or five songs for you to teach your child. Some of them aren’t actually singable, but are instead “finger-plays” – a type of chant, usually rhyming, and always using finger and hand motions. Twos and threes especially enjoy finger-plays – think of the “Ensy-Wensy Spider” if you’re still not sure what I’m talking about, although that one is set to music.
Any child can learn to sing! It is easier than learning to play violin or piano, and Dr. Suzuki’s method has shown the world thousands upon thousands of tiny children who have learned to play either instrument with sensitivity and beauty. Singing is as easy as talking – you just talk on pitch!
Here is a precious youtube video of a seven year old girl who brings joy to the lives of others through her beautiful, God-given talent. ReverbNation places her at the top of the chart for Christian Gospel singers. She filmed a scene for the movie “Machine Gun Preacher”, released in 2011, about a drug-dealer turned Christian, who dedicates the rest of his life to saving children in war-torn areas. In the movie, she sings Amazing Grace at his baptism.
The point here isn’t that we should push our children to excel, but rather that your child has the capability within him to do great things. It is up to you to provide a warm, safe environment and the freedom for him to explore and discover his own innate talent.
May you find your heart uplifted by this lovely little girl. I went straight to her website and ordered her CD for my mom!
May God bless you and your family,