Music stimulates the learning receptors in the brain. It can benefit young minds in many ways, from expanding vocabularies, to increasing comprehension or defining emotions. By including music in learning games, young children can practice essentials skills while having a blast!
Here are just a few ways to incorporate music into your playtime:
Draw or Paint to Music: Encourage your child to draw what they hear. You can use familiar words that identify emotions or feelings, like happy, busy, silly or sleepy. Then expand on those words with new vocabulary choices, like content, distracted, wild or mellow. See how your child’s artwork changes with the tempo of the song playing.
Move to the Music: Add special movements to a song for specific sounds. A fun example is Jim Gill’s song, My Bonnie, from his Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee CD. For every “B” sound in the song, move your arms up, and put them down on the next “B” sound. Try it with some of your favorite songs. What letter sounds can your child identify?
Clap the Beat: Clap out the rhythm to a familiar song and see if your child can identify it. Clap the next part together. Practicing this skill helps children recognize patterns and predict what comes next.
Add some music to your day, and let the learning begin!
— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake /Nelson Township Branch
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: Ali