Can everybody in your family sing the following songs?
Mary had a little lamb
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Eitsy Bitsy Spider
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
These are simply the beginning of the core songs for your child to know. Think of it as having them learning how to identify their basic colors: red, blue, green, yellow, etc. Make a point of learning them as a way of establishing their musical A, B, Cs.
In my experience as a teacher, I have observed that the students who come to me who already can sing these songs independently are on the path to basic music literacy.
If you’re wanting to start learning these songs and other children’s songs, let me recommend:
Weave the songs into your daily lives:
Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” during bathtime. Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle” at night at the stars. Sing “Mary had a little lamb” while putting on the pajamas.
Perhaps feel a little uncertain about your singing? Sing anyways! Also invite grandparents, neighbors, older children, friends from church to sing with your children. When selecting a babysitter for an evening, why not invite a high school student who plays an instrument to come and play it for your children during that time? My daughter used to play the piano for a piano family in my studio. The mom specifically asked for her to come and play for her boys, so that her sons could enjoy music with someone who could play.
The Lord tells us to make a joyful noise! Don’t worry about a “gifting” for music! Singing is as natural as speech, as natural as a baby babbling and exploring the sound of her voice. Have fun! Laugh! And sing!