Benefits associated with songs & rhymes
As early childhood educators, we know children learn through play. Each activity we offer babies and toddlers comes with its fair share of learning opportunities.
This is also true for songs & rhymes. Singing with children can seem trivial, but in fact, there is a pedagogical aspect that is associated with songs & rhymes.
I would like to introduce this poster to clearly demonstrate this principle. Hang it where parents and children can see it or, if you prefer, use it as a personal memory aid.
Read on to discover fun and enriching activities linked to each benefit listed on the poster.
Calm and comfort
Songs have the power to convey emotions. They can be used to provide a gentle sense of calm for the children in your group. You can ask parents to write the lyrics to the lullabies and songs they sing for their child at home down and share them with you. You may also record each child's mother or father singing a lullaby. Sing these lullabies or listen to the recordings with your group. This will help you establish a connection between children's home and daycare environment.
Foster physical activity
Songs & rhymes are often accompanied with lively, cheerful music or rhythms. Select songs & rhymes involving gestures and movement to help little ones develop their motor skills. For example, you may explore songs such as Head, shoulders, knees, and toes.
The best way to help young children develop language skills is to play with words. Singing helps children learn to pronounce and hear new words. Singing songs very slowly can provide children with the opportunity to hear each word very clearly and therefore help them accurately repeat the associated sounds. Have fun singing very slowly, like turtles.
Improved memory skills
Repetition stimulates children's memory. Select a few very simple songs & rhymes. Laminate pictures representing each one. For example, you could use a picture of a kitten to represent a song or rhyme having a cat theme. Every day, point to a picture and sing the corresponding song.
Openness to the world
Exploring different types of music associated with various cultures can help children discover other parts of the world. Select songs & rhymes from around the world and listen to them with your group.
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