My toddler talks to us, but it’s muffled when it comes out. We understand the first letter most times. The rest of the word is unrecognizable, except for a few words. My concern is his frustration when we don’t understand what he’s trying to convey. Someone suggested I try a learning video or music CD to help him with his speech, since the pediatrician won’t recommend speech therapy until he’s two years old (or older). My son is only a few months shy of being two, but I want to do what I can as his mommy to help him now.
My toddler loves listening to music but its usually music his dad or sister has chosen. Their music choices usually have fast-paced words running together — definitely not serving the purpose I’m seeking.
A music CD called “Sounds Like Learning” sounded like a good choice. We listened to it in the living room while normally watched cartoons (while I worked online). We listened to it in the car on the way to an appointment. We listened to it at bedtime instead of his normal “rock me to sleep daddy” routine. Each of these listening times proved to be entertaining and calming for my energetic child. He listened to 1-2 songs at a time which is normal for his age. The attention span of a 2 year old is six minutes per the Children’s Health Network.
How “Sounds Like Learning” Help My Toddler
Since listening to the CD on an almostdaily basis, my toddler’s speech has improved, as well as his range of knowledge.
Improved Speech & New Words
My toddler has started making the “F” sound. He know says “fish” minus the sh. He has also said a complete word “hot” clearly. While these words are not in the songs on the CD that I recall, I believe that listening to the CD has played a part in his speech growth. The words in the songs are clearly sang. Abel, my toddler, doesn’t always get that in our house. We talk loud and tend to get in a hurry running our words together. That could be the reason for the dropping off the ends of the words.
Increased Range of Knowledge
My toddler is a very smart boy. He hears us. He obeys instruction. He brings objects to us when we ask for them by name. Listening to the CD is adding to his current knowledge of basic things, preparing him for what’s ahead: reading, writing and school. Listening to songs about counting, ABCs, manners and opposites will give him a jump start when it comes time to actually start using them at the appropriate age level. The variety of songs each have their purpose for each stage from newborn to kindergarten, allowing your child to use the CD for several years. You could even listen to it while you were pregnant, like the experts suggest reading to your child in the womb.
A Variety of Songs for Your Child
The “Sounds Like Learning” CD has a variety of music for your little one to listen to including nursery rhymes, educational, bedtime and foreign language songs.
Nursery Rhymes as Songs
Included on the CD are the well-known songs and nursery rhymes The Muffin Man, Hickory Dickory Dock, Three Little Kittens, Where Has My Little Dog Gone, I Had a Little Nut Tree and Hey Diddle Diddle.
Songs written by the singer, Barbara Milne, are great teaching tools while your child sits quietly coloring or while preparing to nap. The songs are even-paced, not too upbeat. I found that they don’t add any energy to my already energized boy. Instead, they help him sit and listen for a short time.
The songs include: Months of the Year, Opposites Are Tricky, Magic Words (Manners), Counting 1-30, ABC Chant, Twelve Months and Adding Things. In Adding Things like-items toddlers use such as crayons are added to 1+1, then 2+1, then 3+1 in a repetitive catchy tune.
Sweet Dreams is the song I’ve put Abel, my toddler, to bed with a few times now. His normal routine is daddy rocking him to sleep while he watches t.v. While he doesn’t always go to sleep within the first song Sweet Dreams I play for him, the other songs on the CD are soft enough that he is relaxed and will drift off usually. This revised bedtime routine allows him to close his eyes because there is no screen to watch.
Foreign Language Songs
Your toddler or preschooler can learn a little Spanish with the songs Buenos Dias and 1 to 10 in Spanish. You can get involved by holding up your fingers to match the number as you and your little one count in Spanish along with the song.
In my opinion my toddler really should be speaking clearer, so it’s my objective to provide him with the resources he needs to do that. That’s why I recommend and will continue using the “Sounds Like Learning” CD on a regular basis. He enjoys it and it is serving a purpose that benefits him.
About Sounds Like Learning!
Inspire your little one to learn with this musical collection of 20 quiet-time tunes. Each selection has been carefully mastered to support emerging language and listening skills while teaching opposites, manners, Spanish, alphabet awareness, counting skills and more.
Set includes a lyric booklet and colorful booklet with a chart that teaches the sounds of the letters in the alphabet. Formerly known as “Sounds Like Fun“from birth – kindergarten
The is “Sounds Like Learning” CD available online where you can also listen to a sample.
About Stefanie Rieden
Stefanie Rieden is a stay at home mom with twins that are 3.5 years old and a 3 month old. She loves being home with them and helping them learn through play. They love educational books and toys and that’s how she first discovered Discovery Toys. She looks forward to helping you make learning fun though games and books with your children. Visit and “Like” her Facebook page for monthly specials. Christmas is coming up! Shop now or browse Stefanie’s Discovery Toys online.
Disclosure: I received the above item from Stefanie Rieden (Independent Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys) in exchange for my honest review.