When it comes to quality kids songs, the creators of Mother Goose club are dedicated to producing and distributing only the very best content to serve their young, global audience. This means every song must engage, entertain and most importantly, educate. Whether it be a traditional nursery rhyme like "The Wheels on the Bus", or an original work like "Driving in My Car", Mother Goose Club holds each song to the highest technical and educational standards.
Meeting the status quo for kids’ content today is simply not enough - we take our mission to bring Preschool to the World® very seriously, especially when developing songs, which are among a child’s earliest learning tools. We place great trust in our content creators and education experts to ask the challenging questions: Is this song thematically appropriate for a preschool audience? Is it accessible in terms of pacing (not too fast)? Are we engaging and educating with repetition, rhyme and new vocabulary? Are we inspiring activity and imparting positive feelings on the listener?
Our team is comprised of parents and former educators who know that answering these questions is essential because songs and learning are deeply connected and offer immediate and lifelong benefits for every child.
Why Are Kids Songs So Important?
Research shows that the first few years of a child’s life, including time spent in the womb, is when the brain develops most rapidly. A baby can hear and recognize its mother’s voice in the womb, and as they tune in to her speech patterns throughout infancy, millions of neural connections are formed every second – an astounding rate that slows down with age.
There is an old proverb that goes, “The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, the second-best time is now.” Similarly, it is never too early or late to expose a baby to kids songs, especially during the most unique and precious period of development between ages zero to three when the foundation for lifelong learning and behavior is laid. Some of the best kids songs are anchored by nursery rhymes, terrific tools for developing reading readiness in young children. These simple rhymes promote phonemic awareness, vocabulary and story structure.
Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the different sounds that make up words. For example, a child that recognizes that the words to a familiar rhyme share the same ending sounds is more likely to predict words and story. Furthermore, a child who understands the word “CAR” can be broken down into three sounds, /c/ /a/ /r/, and that adding the letter T to the end will make a new word, “CART”, is exercising their phonemic awareness. With extensive exposure and practice, children will begin to understand that we express sounds through certain letters and letter combinations, and that these combinations of sounds allows us to communicate about the things represented in the real world.
Research shows that children who master this skill early are better prepared for reading and writing. When exposure and practice occur through song, kids learn more joyfully through listening, singing and dancing, which deepens their experience and encourages future learning. Kids songs are also one of the best ways to expand vocabulary. A child who can sing along to Mother Goose Club’s 10 most popular songs on YouTube will have added 234 unique vocabulary words to their arsenal without even knowing it. Once children memorize the sounds of these new words in the context of a song, they will naturally begin to work on comprehension and deepening their understanding of these words to use in new contexts.
One of the best ways young children learn is through repetition. This is why many kids songs use simple words and melodies. Have you ever noticed how "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "ABC Song" share the same melody? And nursery rhyme story structures generally have predictable narrative arcs with a beginning, middle and end. Each time a child sings a song they deepen their understanding of the content, discover something new and feel empowered to be experts at something challenging in their world.
Getting the Most Out of Kids Songs
Just as you naturally respond to a song you love by your favorite artist, children will also respond naturally to their favorite kids songs by smiling, dancing and singing along. While you may not feel the same way they do about "The Bunny Hop", for example, showing enthusiasm for your child’s favorite kids songs does encourage them to continue interacting with similar invaluable content. So, even if you feel like rolling your eyes after you’ve played "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" five times in a row, show your child that you are genuinely excited and model the behavior you want to see in them.
Make repetitive experiences fresh and add new challenges for your child by teaching hand motions and dances to give your child the opportunity to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Watch "How to Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" from our Show Me How series to learn more about the benefits of incorporating movement when singing kids songs. You can also use kids songs with movement to reinforce new topics your child is exploring naturally. For example, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" can be used to teach body parts, "Ten in the Bed" can enforce bedtime routines and "The Planting Song" can be a great way to reinforce a day spent outside in the yard or garden.
Remember that all singing is good singing. Even if you feel silly, you should not underestimate how powerful this behavior can be. Spending even a few minutes each day singing Mother Goose Club’s kids songs with your child is a simple, cost-effective way to bond and promote early literacy.
Mother Goose Club’s website is a premier nursery rhyme resource. The mobile-enabled site includes videos, songs, sheet music and printable coloring pages for an extensive library of classic and original songs. For parents and teachers, the site offers activities and tips on using kids songs to promote literacy at home and school.
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- The Planting Song – Music Only
- Earth is Our Home – Music Only
- Alphabet Train Food Train – Music Only
- Jack Be Nimble – Music Only
- Little Bo Peep – Music Only
- One Potato, Two Potato – Music Only
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Music Only
- The Bunny Hop – Music Only
- Pat-a-Cake – Music Only
- Here We Go Looby Loo – Music Only
- Soccer Rocker – Music Only
- Row Row Row Your Boat – Music Only
- The Wheels on the Bus – Music Only
- Count With Me – Music Only
- Day-O – Music Only
- This Old Man – Music Only
- The Farmer in the Dell – Music Only
- Dinosaur Stomp – Music Only
- Rainbow Rainbow – Music Only
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Music Only
- Ghost Family – Music Only
- Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Only
- All About the ABCs – Music Only
- Alphabet Roundup – Music Only
- BINGO – Music Only
- Baa Baa Black Sheep – Music Only
- The Bear Went Over The Mountain – Music Only
- This Little Piggy – Music Only
- One, Two, Buckle My Shoe – Music Only
- Ten Little Dinosaurs – Music Only
- Three Little Kittens – Music Only
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Music Only
- If You’re Happy and You Know It – Music Only
- ABC Song – Music Only
- London Bridge Is Falling Down – Music Only
- Hello Hello Hello – Music Only
- Rockin’ Robot – Music Only
- Old Mother Hubbard – Music Only
- Ten in the Bed – Music Only
- Peek-a-Boo – Music Only
- Mary Had a Little Lamb – Music Only
- Six Little Ducks – Music Only
- This Little Light of Mine – Music Only
- Driving in My Car – Music Only
- Five Little Monkeys – Music Only
- Humpty Dumpty – Music Only
- Ice Cream Song – Music Only
- Freight Train – Music Only
Mother Goose Club is a series of educational programs for preschoolers featuring six colorful characters from the Mother Goose world. Distributed on YouTube, Netflix and Amazon and broadcast on local PBS stations nation-wide, Mother Goose Club is the proud winner of four Midsouth Emmy® awards and 15 other industry awards.