Whether it’s singing, listening, dancing, or playing an instrument, music is an important tool to promote a child’s development and early literacy. Here are five fun tips for making the most of music with little ones:
Tip: Introduce different types of music. Play family-friendly country, jazz, or classical!
Why? All of your child’s brain is engaged when listening, singing, and dancing to music. As your little one experiences different kinds of music, their brain makes connections that are used for future learning.
Tip: Listen for specific instruments in music and pick them out with your child.
Why? Listening for specific sounds in songs is the same skill as hearing the sounds that make up a word, which is an important pre-reading skill.
Tip: Encourage your child to make up their own movements to different music.
Why? Children build confidence when they make decisions and express themselves. These are helpful skills for school readiness. Dancing also promotes physical development and coordination. Remember to include the babies! Respond with excitement as they move to music or gently move their arms and legs to slow rhythms.
Tip: Ask teachers and providers to share the music they use for clean-up, nap, and mealtime.
Why? By using the music from your little one’s program, they will already know what is expected of them when you sing the song at home.
Tip: Play music while doing chores together. Take breaks for singing and dancing!
Why? Music is often linked with memories. Your child will remember special times spent with you singing into a hairbrush or dancing with a broom.
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