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Music Monday – Week of the Young Child

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The Week of the Young Child starts this week with Monday being Music Monday! This can be so much fun in the classroom.   Through music, children develop math, language, large motor, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active!  This is a time for children to sing, learn, and dance in a social environment.  Infants love music and movement.  They learn so much from music and can be a great way to teach children.  The following is a list of 10 ways Infants learn through music and activities that you can implement in the classroom to increase engagement with infants.

  • Bonding
    • When you sing to your baby, they bond with you and your voice. Singing makes yours the first and most important voice in her life. Your baby learns that you LOVE him!
    • Singing soft lullabies and playing calm instrumental music when they are very young and then slowly adding more vibrant tones and rhythms will allow children to hear the sounds and begin to move to the sounds.
  • Transitions
    •  Babies feel safe when life is predictable. A song for waking up, sleeping, and other routine transitions and activities helps them know what comes next.
    • Adding specific movements to transitions will allow infants to anticipate the transition with the special movement.
  • Language
    • Language is in itself musical, and when you sing and speak, your baby learns about words, language, and communication. Through your singing, baby’s language comprehension begins.
    • Clearly articulating the words of a song will help children hear the words and make speaking fun!
  • New words
    • While you sing and hold your baby, you introduce new vocabulary. When you hold up a stuffed dog as you sing about a dog, baby learns to associate the name of that toy with the words you sing. When you sing about parts of the body and kiss your baby’s feet or tickle his tummy, he learns new words.
    • Introducing children to different types of genres of music will allow children to become diverse in the options of music and introduce new language and words.
  • Rhythm and rhyme
    • Music includes rhythm and rhyme, again, part of our language. In time, babies will recognize rhymes and rhythms.
    • Allowing children to use different instruments will help children gain rythm and learn music easier.
  • Play
    • Singing is one of many methods of play and “sing-play” is a fun way to interact with babies.
    • Adding movements to songs will help children learn the song as well as remember the song easier than just teaching the words to a song.
  • Family fun
    • Singing is a great way to involve older siblings in welcoming a new baby to the home. Singing to and playing with the baby builds a bond between siblings. Make singing a family activity.
    • Having several songs in the trick bag will grow siblings involvements with one another.
  • Singing names
    • A baby can learn his name by hearing it in songs. Try substituting your baby’s name for other words in songs so he hears his name sung over and over again.
    • Adding pictures of the children while singing their names will benefit children in understanding their names more an more.
  • Listening skills
    • Like reading, singing is an activity that requires listening. It’s another opportunity for your baby to begin to understand language and feelings expressed through language and sing-play.
  • LOVE
    • All of the above boils down to using your singing voice as a way to express love. Babies don’t care if you are a great singer. They only care that you are singing to THEM! In their eyes (and their ears), you’ll be a star!