|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Children love music. What's more adorable than these bouncing bundles of joy warbling and dancing to their own tunes? From the time we were born we seem to be able to play music intuitively. As parents we sometimes use music to soothe our children as they sleep or to celebrate the joy of hearing their fumbling first words. Music takes us to an unseen and unreachable cloud of happiness. But as our children grow up, we get more concerned and tied up in nurturing their fundamentals of science, math and other subjects. Instead of incorporating music as a learning tool, many American preschool programs ignore the concept and great benefits of musical learning. Caregivers to children can bank on any child's musical impulse. All they have to do is understand how music can foster the development and learning of children.
The Benefits of Music
Music harmonizes varied prospects of a child's development including language, literacy, intellectual and social concepts. If children are given an early exposure to music through special programs in preschools, they can better understand different words and sounds and further develop their self-expression abilities. In Brooklyn, many preschool programs are incorporating music into their programs, in an efforts to amplify their students' learning.
Below are some references for classroom songs that can be used in the classroom setting:
Touch Your Head – a fun filled song that will help kids learn about various body parts.
Jump for Numbers 0-10 – kids can learn to count from 1-10 with this fun song.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
The Fast and Slow Song , Wiggle, Giggle and Learn – our bouncing bundles of joy can learn more about slow and fast movements.
Music offers a great learning experience and when children make their own music, they learn valuable skills such as cooperating with others, sharing their instruments and play space, creativity and concentration. All these skills can help them in their daily endeavors at school as well as at home.
Developmental Benefits of Music
- One of the first thing toddlers can identify is music. They enjoy it when parents hum lullabies to them. Warbling self-created rhymes during the bathing time or dressing time can be also be great fun!
- Toddlers love to whirl and sway to the tunes. Playing their favorite songs again and again can help them with memorizing words and will encourage them to come up with their own rhythms.
- One of the best thing about preschoolers is that they are not self-conscious and love singing out loud. Playing rhymes about objects they know and love like toys, candies and birds will be a delightful and entertaining activity.
- Counting, spelling and learning new words are no longer mundane tasks when incorporating music. Related songs can be helpful for children who have a slower pace of learning.
The greatest symphonies – such as those created by Mozart delight our aesthetic sense. Rhythmic melodies can bind a child with a new level of understanding and learning. In Brooklyn, to redeem the symphony of kindling child development, preschools are coming up with creative musical ideas to augment the learning process and enliven and enrich the lives of their students.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|