“If music be the food of love, play on” said William Shakespeare. The sensory experience of music is cardinal in early child development. Exposing a child to music is particularly important before they become verbal. It is always a delight watching my toddler who only speaks “baby language” light up to music. Depending on the tempo of the music, he would either sway from side to side or even break into a dance. You can’t teach kids these things, you just exposure them to music and let them be themselves.
Here are 6 good reasons to consciously exposure your child to music.
- Language Development: The rhymes and repetition in nursery rhymes helps infants and toddlers with language development.
- Motor Development: infants and toddlers would usually respond to music by clapping their hands, stomping their feet and dancing. These are motor activities. The more they do, the better they get at it leading to better development of their muscles and nerves.
- Social Development: preschool teachers know that when they turn on music, they get laughter and pure silliness from the kids. Music loosens the kids and foster interaction between the kids and their instructors.
- Memory Development: Kids learn to commit the lyrics of the songs they enjoy to memory further improving their brain’s capacity.
- Improves Mood: Have you had to deal with getting a cranky kid through a checkout line in a grocery store? I have, playing music from my phone on those occasions works wonders! Works for car rides too. Kiboomu.com has over 1000 children’s song downloads with lyrics and kids music apps at affordable rates and even have a subscription plan that any parent especially homeschoolers or preschool teacher would find valuable.
- Entertainment: Everyone needs to have some downtime and need to let loose every now and then, yes even kids. Music has the ability to make this happen.
Music does seem to be the food of a child’s brain development, so play on!
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