19 Nov Music and Early Reading Skills
Music is an extraordinary thing. It can bring us peace, encourage us to dance, help us study, and teach our children early reading skills! Listening to music and singing with young children can be incredibly beneficial! “Becoming a successful reader,” states The University of Michigan, “and having competence in writing both require that a child have a solid foundation in oral language. Music can and does provide a piece of that foundation in a natural way that can be lots of fun.” Several more articles have been written on this topic, including this one from a special report from the state of Michigan, identifying some of the many benefits of music on early literacy development.
Music slows down language and breaks words apart so that children can hear the different sounds that make up those words. They also begin to be introduced to such concepts as syllables when singing and clapping along to tunes. Furthermore, there are many vocabulary words included in songs that are not normally used in our everyday language. This helps children learn new words and their meanings. Also, music is a great asset for helping promote attention and listening skills in kids. For example, children have to focus on songs that may be telling them to do something or they may be listening for something in particular, like a silly rhyme.
Music is also a fantastic resource for helping children practice critical memory and motor skills, which helps them with reading. According to Upstart, young children memorize certain beats, words, and patterns in music. Also, clapping and dancing to various rhythms can be a fun and engaging way to encourage motor development.
Want to learn more about the wonders of music and early literacy development in children? Feel free to join us at any of our early literacy classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays at the Main Library or Tuesdays and Wednesdays at our Coolspring Branch!