Peep - Learning Together Programme

Midlothian Early Years Song Book

Songs to sing and learn together at home, by Sharyn McKenzie, Susan Martin and Laura Wright

Download the Early Years Song Book

The importance of music at home

Singing, dancing, playing, making and listening to music, songs and nursery rhymes gives all types of learners the chance to: 

  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Regulate emotions and form positive relationships 
  • Build powerful bonds between parents and children 
  • Develop listening skills, memory skills, sensory awareness and spatial awareness 
  • Express their thoughts and feelings freely even before they can speak 
  • Develop literacy and numeracy skills 
  • Understand the world around them 

Phonological awareness

Research has shown that children who recognise sounds in language such as rhyme and alliteration are more likely to be successful in learning to spell and read.