If you’re a parent, I’m willing to bet that you have listened to music in the last hour, maybe you are listening to some right now: maybe it’s Rihanna, maybe it’s Mumford and Sons, or maybe even Elvis. Whatever your preference, I’m sure you love listening to your favourite artists every chance you get– be it in the car to drop the kids off at school, at the gym to motivate you or simply as a social aspect.
Music exists in every culture; Parents across the world sing to their babies from pregnancy all the way after birth as a sleep time routine or to calm down a sick child. Music not only provides us with an emotional connection that relaxes tension and stress, but is also a natural and rhythmic way to learn.
Do you ever wonder why children learn to sing their ABCs before they can say them? Or that many of our favourite children’s books have a certain rhyme or rhythmic pattern?
There are literally hundreds of professional studies that show that there is a very strong connection between literacy and music and the impact it provides to children’s long-term development needs, even into adulthood.
Through music, children learn to:
• Cultivate social skills
• Build their self-esteem and confidence
• Understand discipline and patience
• Listen – an important literacy and life skills
• Understand language and cultures
• Experiment with rhythm, words, tempo, and melody
• Think creatively and holistically
• Make the connection between print and spoken words
• Practice motor development and motor coordination while experimenting with various instruments, sound and dancing
You have probably heard the tremendous impact sound and reading has on children with special needs but the impact is just as crucial for all children, particularly from young ages.
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