Music and Movement
This March focus on MUSIC and MOVEMENT!
Taste, textures, and colors help to develop a child’s sensory system and so does music. Exposing your child to different types of music can help create more pathways between the cells in their brains.
Music helps vocabulary and memorization.
Children learn new songs all the time as you sing together. Try changing the words of the song to incorporate their name or something they like. Songs also have a rhythmic pattern that will help children learn anything in song form. There are tons of songs you can find for free on Youtube about everything from spelling words to names of state. Check out Heidy Songs for some fun preschool songs!
Music can be calming.
Is your child having a hard time falling asleep or calming down when upset? Try calmly singing a lullaby or favorite song to them. Anyone can sing! Take it one step further and gently rock your child while singing or if rub their back. These small things can have a HUGE calming effect.
Not sure of a good song? Make one up! Make up a slow song about going to sleep and use your child's name. You can also look on Youtube to learn the words to your favorite song.
Music AND movement help to build coordination.
Infants can calm down by being held and rocked gently to music. This is a great time to bond with your baby and a time for them to feel soothed.
FUN FACT: Gently rocking your baby or letting your toddler spin around or swing help to develop their vestibular system. Why is that important? The vestibular system is how your child develops coordination and how they can keep their body calm when it's time to focus or have energy when it's play time.
Music and movement are fun!
Finding songs to sing or making instruments to play are just plain fun! You do not need to be a world-class vocalist to enjoy singing silly songs together as a family. Children love the rhythm of music and that they are predictable.
Movement stimulates all kinds of brain development. Practice clapping and stomping with younger children and them making patterns with movment or sound.
Bloom's March activity is to tell us about what musical and/or movement activities you like to do with your family. Leave us a comment on Facebook at Lake Bloom and share what your family enjoys. Enter by March 31, 2019 to be entered to win the giveaway this month.
Here are some fun ideas!