Music in early education is incredibly important. The opportunities for growth through music are numerous and it can provide a rich sensory environment for our young ones. Want to get technical about it? Research suggests that music helps form neural pathways in the brain for future learning. Cognitive Development is greatly affected by music and the link it has to life- long learning. Areas such as problem solving, critical thinking, math, spatial skills and creativity can be enhanced by the presence of music education. Sound fancy enough? I believe those things to be true, but I also believe music is just plain fun!
In the pictures below we set out a couple of different types of instruments for the children to explore during free choice time. We also incorporated shakers into our group time.
What happens when you add dancing? Well usually some giggling first, but it also allows for a little more preschool energy to be expended. Balance, coordination and impulse control are learned through movement too. Learning physical control of our bodies is an important step and again can build upon the skill of concentration and of spatial awareness.
Allowing for music to be a part of your preschoolers daily routine will help build upon their development. Remember to sing songs when you are in the car, listen to music at home and join in on your help days at Small Friends. Not only will you be modeling the ability to sing or dance but they will enjoy watching you have fun!