Everything about good music is positive, with the power to affect our lives forever. In our hurry-up dot-com world, musical experiences folk games for young children a sense of community and belonging.
A simple song, readily available, can help slow things down. Children are born musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers, and the opportunities for healthy development are endless. We just have to provide the canvas, the paper, the paints, the materials and the welcoming environment, setting the stage for creativity, learning and fun. Can’t we try to deemphasize the ABCs and reemphasize what comes naturally to young children? Play has always been the work of young children. But now play is in danger of becoming extinct. Play time is being replaced with structured activities, TV and computers.
The push to standardize children has pushed recess off the playground. Children are literally being robbed of their childhood. Verbal play is what helps children develop their language, through sounds, rhymes and melodies. When children learn to listen carefully and attend while singing and playing instruments, this will help in their speech development. Children with a strong sense of beat are more likely to read well. Music stimulates all the senses, helping children learn to recognize patterns and sequence. Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.
So sing, sing, sing to your baby. Recite nursery rhymes and poetry while rocking, so body and ear can work together. And don’t forget that the changing table is a great place for rhymes and massage. Your baby’s memory and oral and written language will all benefit from the attention. By precutting, we’re doing children’s work for them.