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Sing a Song! How Music Benefits Your Child’s Learning

The songs we learn in our early years as children stay with us our whole lives. Catchy melodies and simple lyrics are a launchpad for early learning! Parents can use music to help children build knowledge and get a head start in learning letters, numbers, and more, just by singing the songs they grew up with themselves.

From a very young age, infants and toddlers respond to music whether in the crib, during car rides, or being sung to by caregivers.

From a very young age, infants and toddlers respond to music whether in the crib, during car rides, or being sung to by caregivers.

Plus, music is fun! From a very young age, infants and toddlers respond to music whether in the crib, during car rides, or being sung to by caregivers. Music is an obvious presence through all our lives and serves so many purposes: self-expression, dance and exercise, performance, and music education, among others.

Through art, children can make connections and understand and experience ideas in a way that makes sense to them. When kids love a song, they want to sing it over and over again. The rhythm and repetition help with their learning, so the more they sing the song, the more they understand the concept. And when learning is enjoyable, kids want to do it more and more!

ABCmouse’s early childhood education curriculum has a wide variety of traditional and original children’s songs.

ABCmouse’s early childhood education curriculum has a wide variety of traditional and original children’s songs that help kids develop oral vocabulary skills, and it teaches everyday concepts they may encounter in their lives. Simple songs with rhymes help young children recognize words and syllables in the same word families (like cat, hat, and sat). Understanding that a word can rhyme and start or end with the same or a different letter sound is another essential part of learning to read. When kids learn the sounds of letters, they start to recognize that those sounds make words, and later, how those words fit in a sentence. Songs can be the key to understanding for young developing minds!

Kids don’t have to have specific music training to get the benefit of music. While music helps with brain development in language and reading, the gains in early learning and development are so much more. Not only can dancing be an effective way for kids to shake out those sillies, but it can help them explore how to use and move their bodies and learn about sequencing, which is an important concept in mathematics. Marching and clapping helps with motor skills and can teach routine and keep young minds occupied while at child care. It can also help children better understand emotions, and playing a musical instrument at home or in music class can help improve math skills.

Whether it’s through ABCmouse’s education program or a family sing-along in the car, turn up the tunes in your household and let a love of learning be your musical anthem!