Supporting Literacy for Young Children through Music

Our new Early Literacy page supports parents and teachers with information, resources, ideas, and a forum in which we invite you to share your ideas and experiences!

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Merry Go Round Song

Featured on “THE TEDDY BEAR BAND SHOW” DVD available here on our website or

What the song “Merry Go Round” provides:

  • Fun! Early Childhood/Brain Development Research shows that fun – “clicks the switch on” for learning.
  • “Merry Go Round” tells a story and kids identify with the experience.
  • By following directions (a School Readiness skill) kids use their imagination as they participate in the story.
  • As kids go “up and down and around” young brains match the words to the actions.
  • Being engaged in the actions, the last verse invites them to sing with the band to add verbalization skills while hearing the words and understanding word meaning as they do the actions.

In the above video, the Teddy Bear Band and Annette Gagliardi present “Supporting Emerging Literacy for Young Children through Music” to the 2010 Minnesota MNAFEE Early Childhood Conference.

Sing, Play and Move – Liner Notes

Sing, Play and MoveOur BRAND NEW album,”Sing, Play and Move,” supports “Emergent Literacy” for young children, helping them understand aspects of language and experience how words have meaning.

You may download the CD insert with full song list and notes, or click here to check out the CD on our Music page!