We’ve all heard that playing classical music whilst you’re pregnant is supposed to be a sure fire way to improve your baby’s cognitive abilities and increases the likelihood that your baby will grow up to become intellectual and academically intelligent.
But what happens once your baby is born?
What sort of music is advisable to play as your youngster grows and develops?
And what happens when they reach nursery age?
Read on to find out about the benefits of music in nurseries.
As children grow, it is essential to support their learning, especially during the early years, in certain core learning categories.
There are three prime learning areas in which music can play a supporting role in your child’s development whilst at nursery age.
Through the implementation and introduction of music in nurseries, parents can rest assured that their child’s development of these three prime learning areas will be increased.
1. Communication and Language
Whilst at nursery, children are encouraged to listen attentively in a range of different situations. This is to stimulate anticipation, response, question and comment.
Through listening to sounds around them and the commands of others, children learn to not only follow instruction but to actively engage with and respond to it with questions such as how and why.
Another Early Years learning goal explored in nurseries is speaking. Through verbal communication children should be able to express themselves effectively using all tenses to develop their own narratives.
Musical activity that supports communication and language
– Repetition – to make sure children fully understand instructions and make connections.
– New words to extend vocabulary.
– The use of home languages.
– Recording songs and music sung and made up by children.
– Giving children the opportunity to play freely with musical instruments.
– Adding musical soundtracks to stories.
– Singing songs with actions.
– Encouraging children to make up their own songs.
2. Physical Development
By the end of nursery, children should be able to move confidently and safely in a range of ways with awareness of what is around them. They should also know the importance of being healthy through eating a varied diet and exercising regularly.
Musical activity that supports physical development
– Providing a broad range of musical instruments that require small and large movements when playing.
– Doing activities that encourage spontaneous movement and expression, such as Simon Says.
– Encouraging bursts of energetic movement such as games of musical statues.
– Recognising the need for rest and providing soothing music to accompany it.
– Encouraging healthy eating habits by singing songs about eating.
3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
One aim of nursery school is to instil and encourage increased self-confidence in young children so that they are confident to try new activities and talk about their preference for some activities over others.
Children should also be able to confidently express themselves in front of small groups and be able to talk new ideas over to come to a solution. They should learn how to work successfully in a team and be able to understand and implement simple instructions.
What’s more, it is essential that young children develop awareness for other people’s feelings and knowledge of how certain behaviour can affect feelings and emotions.
Musical activity that supports personal, social and emotional development
– Singings songs using the names of others within the group.
– Sharing knowledge of music and songs from home.
– Setting aside time for children to talk about preferences, suggestions, and news.
– Playing games that involve turn-taking, such as pass the parcel.
– Giving each person the opportunity to take the lead.
– Encouraging free play with musical instruments.
– Singing songs about feelings, such as being tired at night or hungry at lunchtime.
– Implementing simple rules about the care of musical instruments and encouraging children to take turns in playing each one.
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Guest post contributed by Lauren Belfield, a new mother with a addictive nature to read and research parenting tips, especially when it comes to doing best for your children at nursery and beyond.