Music can have a powerful impact on your child’s development. Like talking and reading with your child, singing to or with him can be very beneficial to many of the skills he begins to develop in his early years. Music helps with learning new words, sound patterns and even some physical and social skills that are fundamental in a child’s development. Setting a foundation for these skills in early childhood, helps to increase the likelihood of future successes and overall well-being as your child grows.
Daniel Dwase, editor of the online Child Development Guide, asserts that sharing music with a child can have a great impact on their development. “Music assists in the development of a child’s speech,” he said. “Singing nursery rhymes and simple songs teaches children how language is constructed and assists with the acquisition of language. Singing songs with your child will also teach them about tone, beat and rhythm.”
At Kids for the Future, we understand that talking, reading AND singing with your child from a young age can be of great value to your child’s development. For this reason, we have incorporated a music-and-movement program into our curriculum. Through this program, we strive to help develop your child’s early language, literacy, listening, balance, coordination skills.
“Song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs, and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language,” said Sally Goddard Blythe, a consultant in neuro-developmental education and director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology. We encourage you to try singing to, or with, your child. Not only is it beneficial to their development, but it can also helps strengthen your parent-child bond!
Check out the links below for tips on lullabies, nursery rhymes and more!