Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
This new year’s resolution is so easy it can be almost be done with your eyes closed: include music and singing in your child’s day. Why would that be important? For a start, music and singing can have a positive impact on the brain. There is some new research in Germany showing that exposing a child to music during the early years enlarges parts of the brain. Music creates pathways and connections used for thinking skills and for math and language development, stretches memory and focuses attention.
Songs and music encourage careful listening and closer social connections. When singing with others, kids learn to watch and listen for clues so that what’s happening is in sync. Music and songs also affect our moods and influence our emotions. Music can be a strategy for coping with many situations. Just think of the story of These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things in the Sound of Music. When we’re feeling bad… or happy, or sad, or scared, or other feelings, too.
Kids do not sit still when they sing and hear music. They are active by dancing, jumping, hopping, bobbing, and moving all around. Adults often exercise to music because the sounds are stimulating. The rhythm of music can help with coordination and muscle control. Our hearts and breath move rhythmically so it is no wonder that we are attracted to rhythm.
Parents are sometimes reluctant to sing for and with their children but when parents sing, kids listen with their hearts. My dad sang with only 2 notes, low or even lower. I hear his voice now only in my memories and cherish them. Listen to all sorts of music and some of the ones that were your favorites as a child. Raffi just released a new CD and visits in different cities. Many parents write that they love introducing their kids to the songs they enjoyed and sang years earlier.
Music and songs are an enduring way to pass down traditions and culture. Music also connects countries. Let It Go from Frozen is in dozens and dozens of languages. Music and singing are so much fun perhaps this is the new year’s resolution that you and your child will enjoy the most?
Including music in your child’s day has long-term physical and mental health benefits. More than that, for just a minute, imagine that you can zap to the future and increase the marks in your child’s report card in reading, math, and other subjects. How? This doesn’t need a magic wand. It’s easy and fun to do with music!Continue Reading
Christmas music is everywhere these days, so while we enjoy it, we can also use it for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness with young children. Part of the fun this time of year is singing. We’ve all heard Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer many times but kids haven’t. The repetitionContinue Reading
When we think of young children’s play, it’s not a big leap to see how that can be part of kindergarten readiness, but it is stretch to seeing how that can influence career choices. From doing this series, I’ll confess that I’ve been surprised. So far, posts have been on a mathematician who played withContinue Reading
Last week, I was at a seminar for business entrepreneurs, and one of the recommendations was to listen to music! Did you know that’s important for kids too, for fun, learning and kindergarten readiness? When it comes to business, I need all the help I can get because the kindergarten level is where my entrepreneurContinue Reading
Playing, singing, and listening to music is both fun and learning for kids’ brains, kids of all ages that is. Online Colleges.net has a super graphic of music’s impact on learning. Here is part: As we listen to music, we train our ears and brains to notice small differences in sounds. That helps for learningContinue Reading
For each radio show on Learn and Play with Mrs A, I take notes because I’m learning so much about kids and kindergarten readiness from fascinating guests who are experts in a variety of areas. Each of them is passionate about kids and loves the work, or maybe that’s play? Here’s a play-of-the-day suggested fromContinue Reading
With all the Christmas music playing everywhere, we may as well take advantage of it, have fun, and encourage some kindergarten readiness and learning. New research is showing the profound impact that music is having on children, even before birth. Hearing music encourages the creation of pathways and connections needed to learn language. After birth,Continue Reading
Parents and caregivers often ask what young children need to know before kindergarten; this is the 21st in a series of blog posts on kindergarten readiness and early learning basics. No matter the age of your little one, this will give you a general picture of what to do as your child’s very first teacher.Continue Reading