Using Music And Movement For Your Child’s Development
As a parent, you want the best for your child. For centuries, parents have sung lullabies to their children and more studies are showing increased benefits to your child from music and movement.
1. Improved brain development
Moving to music involves many different actions such as listening, moving, looking and even occasionally making noise. This develops your child’s concentration, memory and listening skills, creating new neural pathways in the brain – speeding up the learning process.
Doing things like identifying the beat of a song requires your child to listen and concentrate. If they can repeat the beat, they start to easily identify patterns. So, practising repeated activities like clapping to the beat, or jumping in time with the rhythm can stimulate brain function, and help your child organise their own reactions and behaviours.
2. Improved language skills
Anyone who has ever tried to learn another language knows that it has its own tempo, beat, and movement. By teaching children songs that have a simple beat, or having them march in time to a tune, they will develop the skills to improve their communication and speech patterns (not to mention singing songs like the alphabet help children learn their letters).
You may have heard of Kinesthetic Learning (learning through movement). When we incorporate dance and movement into our songs, your child will remember the words and actions more easily, thereby strengthening those neural pathways and learning skills!
3. Improved coordination
In addition to the physical health benefits of keeping active and flexible, dancing to music can also help in other ways. In order to move along to the beat, whether by jumping, clapping, dancing, or hand movements, children need to practice their motor skills.
For example, things like swaying to music will help your child develop their balance, coordination and control. Similarly, repeating the finger action when singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” hones fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
4. Improved Social Skills Last, but not least, by incorporating music and movement into your child’s life, your child will develop their emotional and creative skills. Dance and song give your children an outlet and means to express themselves when they lack the words, while connecting music and movement will encourage their sense of attention and participation. Most importantly, singing and dancing as a group is fun and a great way for your little one to make and friends and connect with others!
At Bliss Early Learning, our BlissBeats program incorporates music and movement to teach your children skills like body awareness, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance. Get in touch with our friendly team of educators to find out more.