Friday, January 5, 2018

Music 101

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words. They often try to mimic sounds and start moving to the music as soon as they are physically able. Quiet, background music can be soothing for infants, especially at sleep time. While babies prefer soothing sounds, the key to toddler music is the repetition of songs, which encourages the use of words. They love to sing and dance along to different songs. Preschoolers enjoy singing just to be singing. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, use rhythms with a definite beat, and ask them to do things.
We definitely enjoy music every day at school, whether it be songs at circle time, songs during transition times, or even rocking out to our own class-made bands, we are always singing and dancing, while learning new words, colors, shapes, numbers, and themes.

Toddler 2 friends created their own band!

A friend in Toddler 2 rocks out with his guitar!

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