When you’re a parent, you spend a lot of time taking care of your children’s needs in every single way possible. And we’re not just talking in terms of their basic, primary needs. From time to time, you also need to do everything you can in order for them to feel emotionally better. Sure, you can tell your children a couple of jokes, or watch a funny cartoon with them. But if you want to improve their mood more subtly, and over the long term – there are few things as good as learning music. And that’s precisely what we’ll explore here!
Is Music Good For Them?
From an extremely early age, kids begin spotting different rhythms, going so far as to move according to the musical beats; it’s the closest they come to dancing. And if you think about how significantly music can connect with the souls and minds of adults, it’s no big wonder, really. But even not considering that there are plenty of cognitive benefits that you and your child can get from music.
One of the most important things you can do for your children is to ensure their proper physical, mental and emotional development. And in that regard, sensory development represents an incredibly crucial part. A child must learn to differentiate and feel all of the various things in their environment. With that in mind, you want to enable your kid to take in all of the colors, textures, tastes, and sounds.
In this context, music and singing are quite important. You want to expose your kid to as many varying kinds of music you can find; this will actually aid them in making more pathways that connect the cells found in their nervous system. Once you link this to other activities like dancing, the effect becomes even more compounded.
Numeracy and Literacy Improvements
When we talk about the importance of singing for your kid’s mood, we’re not just talking about bigger children. Even toddlers can benefit from being exposed to different sounds; taking a lot of benefits from such sensory differentiation. For instance, it takes nothing more than a few weeks for young babies to learn to identify the voices of their mothers compared to other voices. When you teach singing and music to a child, you improve their ability to decode different words and sounds. Thus, when it comes to attaining skills like basic literacy, later on, they’ll be far more adept at that.
Also, when you sing stuff like nursery rhymes in the presence of your kids, they will become better at repeating and observing many different sound patterns. Additionally, music will help children identify different sequential patterns. While the benefits of music in terms of improving kids’ mood through song and dance are immediate and obvious, the skillset children obtain through early exposure to music is bound to help their mental health later on, as they will handle any hurdle or task much more easily.
As we’ve shortly mentioned above, many people have the habit of tucking in their kids while they sing a lullaby. And the usefulness of this is pretty obvious, as most kids become calmer when their moods are soothed by music. Plus, if you continuously use specific types of music at particular times, your kids will intuitively learn when it’s time to play, sleep, or do something else in their schedule.
You should know that your kid doesn’t necessarily need to know what the lyrics in any song mean; they can still move in accordance with the rhythm and feel it. In fact, you have probably noticed that your kid dances to particular parts of a song more than others – that shows they can differentiate it.
And don’t underestimate the importance of this – music and rhythm are have a big role in encouraging your kid to move and develop all of their gross and fine motor skills. Plus, if the music proves to be particularly entertaining, the toddlers will begin jumping around. At such a young age such activities help their balance, strength, and muscle development.
If you want to encourage this kind of positive behavior, even more, give your kids some kind of homemade, cheap musical instrument or simply a toy drum. Then, begin moving along yourself, and your kids will also try to mimic you. This will, in turn, aid in their development of hand-eye coordination.
When they develop more, they can move onto a good warmup course to push themselves even further!
As we’ve talked about already, at their earliest age children will likely not understand all of the words found in a nursery rhyme or a song. But still, as they listen to these, they will actually develop their vocabulary and language understanding. That’s why songs like the ABC song exist; music is an incredible learning tool
Also, don’t underestimate the importance of social learning, even when it comes to music. Sure, playing music to your children while they’re playing at home is definitely a good idea; as we’ve shown through both long-term and short-term mood-lifting. But on the other hand, this becomes an even better tool for emotional improvement and overall learning when you use music in social situations as well. In other words, children will be more inclined to learn new dance moves and songs if you play these while they’re hanging out with other kids. So, socialization is quite crucial here as well – music is something that’s meant to bring people closer together, and the same goes for kids as well. Considering this, try to organize little kids’ parties for your children – you won’t believe just how much they and their friends will enjoy this.
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