HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING?!

CHARLOTTE SHOUT continues this week and there are too many family-friendly activities to describe, but here are some highlights (it seems like First Ward is the place to be!)

  •  Entre Les Rangs, May 9 – 11
  • Soap Bubble Circus, May 9, 5 – 9 pm
  • Professor Whizzpop, May 9 – 11.
  • Argh, May 9 – 11
  • And if you want to wander beyond First Ward, the kids will enjoy
  • Prismatica, Tryon Street, between 5th and 6th St., May 9 – 11
  • Constellation, with Opera Carolina May 10, 8 – 8:30 pm. 

 

“EVERY DAY IS MOTHER’S DAY”
but most folks celebrate it this Sunday, May 12th!

 

PLAYIN’ IN THE QUEEN CITY!

We are in Week Six of our SPRING SESSION.  Now that you know all the music from the TAMBOURINE collection, and the weather has changed, why not get outside with your speakers and play some musical games!

  •  Grab a speaker, head outside and turn on the sprinkler!  Ride-O is the perfect song for “musical sprinkler.”  Let the kids run back and forth through the cool water.  Turn off the music, and kids have to STOP wherever they are.  If someone is in the water when the music stops, they can be a “judge” until the next game.
  • Ring around the Rosies” is a great outdoor game.  Try different speeds, different dynamics (some quietly some loudly), and maybe even try AUDIATING the words (leave “pocket full of posies” out, e.g.)
  • Musical Balloons can be a fun alternative to musical chairs.  Blow up some balloons and turn on the tunes!  (Maybe it’s Tingalayo this time!) Have the kids throw and catch the balloons while the music is on.  When the music stops, those that have a balloon in their hands “win.”  [This is especially good for those ages that need less ‘competition.’]

 

GIVE ME THE GOODS

More than anything, we believe that MUSIC FOR MUSIC’S SAKE is the primary reason to play musically, experiment, sing and dance with your young children.  We believe it is a BIRTHRIGHT – and a great human gift that helps create bonds that last a lifetime.

But – what about the SAT?  Harvard?  Killer coding skills?  Yes.  There is definitely research that shows a correlation between musical activities in young children and development.  Here are the top five reasons music can be beneficial in the development of toddlers (as originally provided by Playgroup NSW, https://www.playgroupnsw.org.au)

 

MUSIC INCREASES TODDLER’S SENSORY DEVELOPMENT

Exposing your child to different tonalities and rhythms can help create unique neuropathways in their brains. This effect increases even more when you link music to different activities such as dancing. 

 

MUSIC CAN IMPROVE LITERACY AND NUMERACY

Babies can hear the difference between different types of sounds. After just a few weeks, a baby is able to identify their mother’s voice from other people’s. Exposure to music enhances a child’s natural ability to decode sounds and words.

By singing to your child, you can help them to identify sound patterns and learn through repetition. In addition to that, music also helps children anticipate what is coming next in a song and they know how to put these patterns in a sequence. By mastering these skills, children build the base of literacy and numeracy.

MUSIC IS A MOOD LIFTER

A lot of parents tuck their children in with a lullaby or calm them down with a song. Just as music can soothe a child, it can also lift their spirit.  You can use music to indicate play time, sleep time, or different moments in your child’s daily schedule.  Music gives young children tools for self-regulation that is not dependent on you!

 

MUSIC HELPS TODDLERS BUILD COORDINATION

Music encourages children’s inclination to move, developing their fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Plus, if the rhythm is very entertaining, you may even notice your toddler starting to jump up and down, which helps with their muscle development, strength and balance.

 

MUSIC CAN HELP TODDLERS DEVELOP THEIR VOCABULARY

Even though at first your child may not understand the words in a song, they do develop their understanding by identifying the storytelling in a song.  To help children learn more words and identify the story in a song, try singing their favorite songs and nursery rhymes while inserting their name into the song. You can also encourage your child to change words in a song to keep them engaged and learning.

All these benefits (and we’ll be sending more in future blogs) are great for our children.  But even better is when families just sit back and make music for fun!