Children have a great time dancing and singing, but they also learn valuable early literacy skills while bouncing around, shouting out nursery rhymes and listening to music. Many KDL branches offer a program called Rhyme Time Music and Movement. This program (for children ages 6 and younger with a caregiver) gets attendees to move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills.
Directed movement, or moving how and when the music tells them to, helps children develop listening and memory skills and self-regulation. Studies show that music also helps stimulate multiple areas of the brain all at once, which helps children connect what they learn emotionally, physically and cognitively. You do not have to be musically inclined to share music with children, so sing, dance and act silly with your child today!
This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.
Posted by: Sheri