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The Importance (and Fun) of Learning through Song
What was the first song you ever learned? I’m willing to wager that the “Alphabet Song” is right up there at the top of the list. Let’s not forget “Fingers and Toes,” and the songs about washing your hands and buckling up for safety.
Moms, dads, and teachers all over America have been instructing through song for generations. Why? Because attaching information to a simple melody is one of the quickest and most fun modes of information transfer. While they are important teaching tools, a child can quickly tire of nothing but flashcards and worksheets. Not to mention, these methods can be limited to your child’s age, reading, and writing ability.
Song, however, is something that we often hear escaping the lips of even the smallest child.
Knowledge isn’t the only benefit of incorporating song into learning. Children learning through this method are widening their vocabularies, experiencing rhythm, and feeling the beat as they sing along.
There have been studies showing that beyond teaching simple facts, music can improve a wide range of learning in the classroom setting. Don’t take my word for it though. Chris Boyd Brewer has done extensive research on how incorporating music into a learning atmosphere improves attitude, memory, and so much more!
Whether you’re a working mom looking for a way to add more teaching opportunities to your home-life, a home-schooler, or a third-grade teacher, learning through song can be an important tool in your teaching arsenal. So, if you’re on your way to the grocery store with the kids, or in a home-school or classroom setting, pop in a CD and teach your children about the wonderful world they live in through the joy of song!