Did you know... There are numerous studies linking music instruction to higher literacy development in children?
A study by Butzlaff involving more than 500,000 students found a "strong and reliable association" between music instruction and scores on tests of reading comprehension.
Kindermusik recognizes this correlation, and we work hard to create an environment where young children are exposed to numerous language and literacy-rich musical activities.
The rich musical experience of a Kindermusik classroom is exactly what your child needs to help develop their literacy skills.
What is it about our music classes that make them so special and how are we intentionally increasing your child's potential for success?
When it comes to our approach towards literacy development there are three wonderful things we do which reinforce the growth of this very important skill. Let's take a look at them!
We love stories!
Every week in class, we tell stories - through books, chants, or creative storytelling.
An article published by an early childhood journal called Zero to Three explains that a child's love for reading develops as part of a social process.
If a child sees her parents and teachers enjoy and place a high importance on reading she will be drawn to reading too.
In Kindermusik we know the value of reading and we strive to make story time and storytelling fun.
That's why we pay special attention to action words by acting them out and encouraging you and your little ones to get in on the fun!
We use labeling words!
Research by Dr. Marianella Casasola of Cornell University shows "that infants are learning about their language well before they speak their language."
She goes on to say that your child's early vocabulary development is stimulated when you label items, "thereby facilitating babies' ability to associate words with objects."
There is so much opportunity for language acquisition in our Kindermusik classes. We are consistently using our labeling words as we move, hear, or see these words!
A great example of this is during our dance time.
This is because we know galloping, swaying, twirling, and stomping to the beat is so engaging for your child! Having this language experience as we move our bodies is key in developing vocabulary.
Imagine little Sarah. She's not quite 2 years old and has just started repeating words. During class she joyfully jumps her feet to the beat. Her teacher comes and copies her movement while repeating "jump jump jump jump." Soon Sarah begins to repeat "jum jum jum jum."
Mom decides to dance with Sarah at home and label her movements again. In a few weeks Sarah comes to class and her teacher asks her "How should we sing hello to you today?" With excitement and confidence Sarah calls out "I want to JUMP!"
Sarah's time in class provided the perfect opportunity for her to begin the learning process.
Though at first her enunciation wasn't entirely clear she was able to respond and explore the word her teacher was presenting her with.
Then mom reinforced it at home and Sarah really began to understand!
Try talking to your child about what you are doing. For example, "I am putting the milk in the refrigerator" or "You are putting the red truck next to the blue truck."
If you take the concept of labeling into your everyday activities you'll soon see your child's vocabulary expand tremendously!
We love rhymes and chants!
Sound discrimination is an important prerequisite to literacy development.
Rhymes give children the opportunity to hear when words sound the same and when they're different. When we are careful to enunciate the consonants they even get to hear how sounds within each word can be short or long.
Take the following line from one of our rhymes in our baby class for example:
"Clickity Clack, wheels on the track..."
Choosing to be vocally expressive by stressing the "ck" sound gives our children the chance to clearly hear the difference in sound within each word.
In addition, by enunciating each syllable we are also allowing them to understand that language has a rhythm.
Research shows a child who has learned 8 rhymes by the age of 4 is significantly better at reading by the age of 8 than children who were not introduced to rhymes.
That's why we use rhymes and chants with the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in our music classes.
Sometimes a rhyme will be used to lead us in exercise, sometimes for laughter filled lap rides, and still other times we use it to inspire our imaginative play.
Each and every chance we get we intentionally expose your child to the chants and rhymes they need!
Story time, labeling words, chants and rhymes are just a few of the ways Kindermusik works to develop early literacy in your child.
Each class is filled to the brim with activities that are both educational and engaging.
Imagine all that learning happening each week in our music classes as we guide you in ways to play with your child at home. If you're already one of our families GREAT!
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