Children have a natural potential to give different reactions to songs. Hearing capabilities of infants developed soon after their birth. They can respond to music in their early days. Encouraging the natural fascination of your child with music can fortify his relationship with you. Scientific studies have proved that kids learn by singing. Songs can boost his/her communication and motor skills.
The author of “Your Brain on Music” Daniel Levitin says that the brain of a child is prewired to learn the melody and a new language. Children go through a babbling period before they learn how to speak. They can babble musically and even create little songs. Music can give them musical ideas and strengthen up specific parts of their brain that are responsible for processing sound.
As per Laurel Trainor, director of McMaster, play music while playing with children to strengthen your relations. Research proves that music can trigger the discharge of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a bonding hormone, and nursing triggers its production. You may make specific choices, such as lullabies or classical music. Keep it in mind that you can choose any music because everything is friendly for children.
Try to play your favorite music so that you can sing this song amusingly with your child. Dr. Trainor proves that music can enhance your cognitive skills to explore your environment.
Good for Memory
If good music is an essential part of your life, your child may speak up early. Studies found that children involved with music production and use shakers and drums (even with the help of parents) can have good communicative gestures. They may hug a doll to show their affection or use a banana as a telephone. These gestures prove helpful to acquire essential language skills. With songs, it will be easy for you to introduce your baby to new rhymes and words. Always remember that the human brain can learn these words quickly. Rhythmicity can increase the reading ability in older children.
Feel free to choose music to move and sing with your child. You can hum famous songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle” or any other nursery rhyme. John Feierabend, music education director at Hartt School, recommends tapping on the soles of baby’s feet with rhythm. You can also clap his hands with the songs. In this way, you can help your child to realize the connection between his feelings and hearing.
Parents often sing lullabies to calm down their children. Keep it in mind that music will not only soothe your child but lift his spirt. Make sure to creatively use music for your child, such as music for his play time, meal time or sleep time.
Children may not understand the lyrics of songs, but they move and dance to the melody. You may notice your kid dancing to particular songs. Music is good to encourage inclination of children to move. With entertaining rhythm, a child may start jumping and dancing. These movements are good for your child to develop muscle and balance.