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Benefits to singing with your infant

Monday, June 8th, 2015

It is an absolute joy to be back among my LifeSpan friends and family. We are such a wonderful community of teachers and advocates for early childhood education. It’s such a comforting feeling to know the difference we make and the lives that we impact.

As many of you know, as the music teacher for our daycare components, I’m the one who sings, dances, acts with little inhibition, and leads the children in truly rewarding and instructional music activities.

As wonderful as it is to hear the voices of children singing, and to see them dancing without inhibition, we sometimes forget how influential and important music is in regards to the development of infants.

Below you’ll find an article published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The article touches on the importance of singing with our infant children, and what they learn from vocalization.  Although we already know that singing encourages language, rhyme, and rhythm; we don’t always realize the social-emotional impact it has on young children.

http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/music-math-more/10-ways-babies-learn-when-we-sing-them

Also, please see the article below written by a Pre-School music teacher. Although the beginning of the article address benefits of singing to children, it’s the ending of the article that is a little more interesting for parents. Although not all of us are the best singers, that should not stop us from enjoying music with our children.

http://www.preschool-music.com/singing-to-baby.html

kidshealth.org, is quoted in saying:

“Children who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are enjoying what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” That’s just a fancy way of saying a child is exposed to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds. And kids who enjoy such a rich environment do more than have fun. Researchers believe they forge more pathways between the cells in their brains.”

It’s important for us as educators to realize that a “wide variety” does not mean complex. You don’t have to have the greatest singing voice, and you do not need to sing complex songs to encourage and advocate for music education. Keeping it simple is the best way to use music as a bonding tool for you and your child.

 

Your Tablet: More than a T.V. Screen

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Since most households now have access to a smart phone or a tablet, it’s time to start looking at free and inexpensive resources which are available to us. It’s very easy to give a child a tablet or phone and let them watch, but it’s so much more beneficial to let them play and discover.

Anytime I walk into a classroom with my iPad, I know the children will ALL want a turn for whatever activity I have planned. These young learners are already, “technologically literate.” They know more about my iPad then I do. It is truly amazing to watch these children dive into technology as if it were a second language.

Below you’ll find links to a website which gives recommendations for “the best music apps for children,” and “the best Spanish apps for children.” Most of them are either free or reasonably priced. They contain the Mr. Hunter Seal of Approval!

Music apps: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-music-apps-for-kids

Spanish apps: http://bestappsforkids.com/category/apps-for-education/language-apps/learning-spanish/

With the latest update from Apple computers, iOs 8, all iPhones and iPads have been uploaded with a great program called “Garage Band”. It allows us to record songs, play instruments, layer tracks, and add prerecorded music to existing singing. This new app allows children to become pop stars and really explore the technological side to music recording. It’s fun for all ages! Below you will find a link which gives some simple instructions on how to introduce garage band to your children.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_help_your_kids_make_music_garageband_ipad

As an educator, I myself, use a lot of these resources while teaching the children at LifeSpan School and Daycare. I find that children become “electronically literate,” much faster than most adults. It’s up to us to encourage them!

Below you will find a great article from “The Alliance For Childhood” about the importance of Technological Literacy in Children.

http://drupal6.allianceforchildhood.org/technology_literacy

As always, if you have any questions and you see me walking about, feel free to stop and ask!

Grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Title: Grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014,
On March 3rd, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s 110th Birthday, we celebrate the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration kicks off a week of reading across the nation. LifeSpan School and Day Care is no different. This entire week, we celebrate not only Dr. Seuss, but enhancing literacy in young minds. Although this week is very special and near and dear to our hearts, we cannot forget to encourage literacy EVERY DAY!
Literacy and reading is an important stepping stone in the development of a young mind. Here at LifeSpan, we encourage literacy in many different and creative ways. Whether it be a simple read aloud, or a Dr. Seuss Sing a-long; we use these tools to broaden the horizon in the young minds we care for.. (more…)

March 2013 is Sing With Your Child Month!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Music Together is a wonderful group of teachers who have put together a program of immersion and cooperation in early musical education. From active dramatic play to musical experience and sing along, their program has educated parents, children, and teachers, about the importance of musical education in young minds. This March, they have announced their 25th anniversary! In doing so they are claiming March 2013 as “Sing with your Child month.” There website has links to wonderful activities and tools to assist you in joining in this wonderful celebration at home. This is a program based out of Princeton, NJ but it is internationally recognized for their wonderful work in this field. I highly recommend you check out their website; www.musictogether.com/singmonth for links to fun activities. (more…)

When To Start Music Lessons

Friday, December 28th, 2012

When should I start my child in music lessons…By Hunter Chadeayne

As a music educator and caregiver to young children, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “Is it too early to for my child to start music lessons?” Music and movement is a critical part of early childhood development.  It is never too early to expose your young child to music and to involve and immerse them in the arts. Here is a wonderful blog post on childrensmusicworkshop.com  This particular article in their online journal gives an age by age guide into the world of music lessons and programs. It talks about what kind of program might suit your child as they grow into their own interests and talents. If you are interested in programs like these check out your local community calendar and see what’s going on in your neighborhood. To read the article clink the link below!

http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/resources/articles/whentostart.html