By now it should be no surprise to our readers how much we love this time of year with the music, live performances and general goodwill.
Yet, we understand why others may not be fans. We know that the same 15 songs get played over and over and over again, which is enough to drive some people crazy. So, if you’re about to hear “Sleigh Ride” for the 30th time, try your best not to run away. Southern California Public Radio and other organizations suggest that holiday music may be good for your child’s development.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Singing Helps With Reading Skills: There is a good reason why early education is filled with songs and nursery rhymes. Singing builds vocabulary and sound discrimination, which are essential elements to reading.
- Song Repetition Is Good: As we previously mentioned, this time of year tends to play the same songs again and again. SCPR talked with Susan Canizares, the chief academic officer Learning Care Group, who says repetition is good for young children. “By singing those songs over and over again, they’re beginning to listen to the different sounds that are in words,” she says.
- Improvisation is Important: One way to have an old song sound new again is to insert your own lyrics. Children especially love when their names are mentioned in lyrics and you can encourage them to let their imaginations run wild with new phrases and storylines for the song. And, improvising lyrics is yet another useful way to encourage literacy.
- Use as Family Bonding Time: Singing and dancing with your child can strengthen “emotional bonding” and creates a positive home environment, something that is essential for learning.
So, start singing before the season ends! If you do not know the words to some popular songs, visit this website.
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