The Do-Re-Mi’s of Early Childhood Learning
“Now children, do-re-mi-fa-so and so on are only the tools we use to build a song. Once you have these notes in yours heads, you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up.” - The Sound of Music
Just like how the do-re-mi’s build a song, music is a key tool that supports early development and builds successful learners.
Musical engagement at an early age develops greater brain connectivity, which not only enhances musical understanding, but also improves motor skills.
More importantly, music plays an influential role in early language and literacy development. Since music and speech stimulate similar cognitive functions, engaging with music actually increases language processing and learning. Recent studies show that learning an instrument encourages faster brain responses between speech and various sounds, helping children process words more easily.
And at the most basic level, music provides a fun and creative outlet for young children and an opportunity for parent-child bonding. It encourages young children to engage with the world around them, and even simple activities such as singing, dancing, and making music together can improve a child’s memory and learning.
There are many ways to incorporate music and learning into playtime. Too Small to Fail has partnered with Go Mighty bloggers and are exploring how parents and caregivers’ can engage their young ones with music. Their activities range from taking piano lessons to learning the guitar as a family, but there are even easier activities to integrate into the day-to-day routine like singing along in the car.
Together, we can leverage music as a tool to nurture our children’s creativity and learning.