As a Kindermusik educator, I am aware of the importance of music in different areas of a child's development including cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language development. Every mom that I talk to confirms that her baby or toddler enjoys music or loves dancing to music, and this is true with my own children. So, I am always on a look out for age-appropriate songs on CD (besides Kindermusik CDs which songs my children and myself really enjoy listening and singing along to) that I can play in the car.
I've come across Sing Along with Elmo CD on Facebook. The ad says that my child's name will be sung and mentioned over 60 times on 23 different tracks. I like the idea of my child's name sung in a song. We do this in Kindermusik classes – singing each child's name in hello and goodbye songs. By doing so, it makes a child feels special. What's more, it enhances a child's listening ability which is important to his/her learning process.
I clicked on the Elmo's Personalised CD ad on Facebook and was channeled to its website where I could sample a song with my child's name in it. In short, I bought Sing Along with Elmo CD - not one, but two CDs for my two daughters Jessica (two years old) and Kate (four years old). It was a truly valuable commercial good I ever bought online. My children love it. They learn the songs so quickly. They interact in the dialogues. They listen to Elmo's narratives and wait for him to mention their names.
Perhaps the only unfavourable situation I got is hearing my two girls almost argue who will sing with Elmo because somehow, if it's Kate's name Elmo is singing, Jessica is not allowed to sing along, and vice versa. And nearly a year after having bought the CDs, my children still discuss whose turn it is to sing along with Elmo. More so with the younger one (Jessica) being able to express her mind better as a result of increasing vocabulary. Having said that, it still puts a smile on my face when it happens.
There are 11 songs in the CD plus dialogues. Some of the favourites include Sesame Street Theme Song, Transylvania 1- 2-3-4-5, Happy Tappin with Elmo, One Fine Face, and Elmo's World. I bet moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas will enjoy the music,too.
As a mom and a Kindermusik educator, I am convinced that Sing Along with Elmo is a wonderful gift one can give to a child. you can check out the CD on the website. Make sure you listen to the free sample.