Kate’s Corner: Music and Children are Natural Partners
Posted September 28, 2009on:
Brain research tells us that even young babies react to tone and pitch, and can respond to and mimic both soothing sounds and sharper sounds such as tongue clicks and kissing noises. Toddlers use the rest of their bodies when music plays – clapping, rocking, marching and dancing, often squealing and giggling as they do. Preschoolers begin to have favorite songs and artists, sometimes make up their own lyrics and melodies, and love to sing along – what could be better?!
What makes music even better for your child is that it develops their minds as well as their bodies. Through popular songs we play at our EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers, we teach everything from color recognition to the importance of friendship and cooperation. As the children absorb these lessons through song and dance, we also incorporate age-appropriate enrichment activities. Through guided play, reading, art activities and group observations and discussions, the children expand their new knowledge by leaps and bounds—sometimes literally!
Most children love music, and through music, will love learning.
Make Learning Fun!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Direct