Songwriting is one of the oldest and most enduring arts practices. Distinct from composition, it does not require a knowledge of staff notation. Children can either create new lyrics to a familiar tune or make up their own tunes.
It is not essential to learn how to read staff notation in order to be musical or have musical experiences. However, if you feel that you would like to teach children to "read music," here are some Accessible strategies.
Musicology is the study of music history, musicians, and musical cultures, traditions, genres, and practices. It involves listening to, reading about, and writing about music as well as attending or otherwise watching musical events. Children can find it rewarding to engage with music in these ways.