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Learning with Music

Posted on 12-02-2016

Music is one of the most powerful forces on earth. It calms people down, helps them fall in love, and even helps them learn! That’s right. If you’re having trouble teaching something to your preschooler, say, learning language, setting the lessons to music can help him learn faster.

Research by Parlakian and Lerner states,

“Like all the best learning experiences in early childhood, music activities simultaneously promote development in multiple domains. Singing a lullaby while rocking a baby stimulates early language development, promotes attachment, and supports an infant’s growing spatial awareness as the child experiences her body moving in space. Being intentional about integrating music into your program’s daily routines—thinking through, ‘What do I want the children to learn from this music experience?’—helps you design and choose activities to support specific developmental goals.”

When you sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to a child, for example, she will instantly learn the words and the rhythm, among other things, which will quickly cement themselves in her brain. Do you remember learning a language? It was so hard, wasn’t it? Well, learning a language for a preschooler is no different.

Perhaps all your child needs is a little bit of magic music to help those words stick!

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