Thursday, January 31, 2013

The importance of Music for Toddlers

Children naturally love music! Whether it be soft and soothing or lively and upbeat, children are able to feel the music and use it as a way to communicate through their actions and movements. Throughout history, music has been an important component to the development of human life. It has been said that music has been linked to an increase in language development, math skills, listening skills, problem solving skills and improved school grades in children.

Singing can help make routine activities, such as getting ready in the morning to cleaning up smoother and more enjoyable. Music sets a mood. The quiet soothing music creates a calming environment. A lively song gets them moving for clean-up.

Here are a few ways I incorporate music into our daily routines

  • Use a song to greet the girls in the morning
  • Turn on the radio as part of the daily routine
  • Use a song during chores such as clean-up time or lunch/dinner preparation time
  • Play background music during activity time
  • Use music to teach letters, shapes and numbers
  • Use music to celebrate special holidays

Music doesn't discriminate. There is no right or wrong, it is what it is. Introducing your child to different types of music builds their self-esteem and encourages creativity, self-confidence, and curiosity. Certain songs, like Head and Shoulders, helps children learn about their body parts while Old Macdonald helps children learn about animals and sounds.

Have fun with it, turn on the radio and jump around with your kids. This is one of those times where you can be a kid again and pretend that you don't have a care in the world.

SSMom


2 comments:

  1. So true! I sing to my girls all the time. Whether were eating dinner, cleaning up the toys or brushing teeth, it's much easier to get done with a song! (I found you on the MBC)

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  2. Thanks for the visit!! Music is great for the kids and mom, a total stress reliever and an opportunity to let out your inner rock star...for the kids I mean LOL!!

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