Music in early childhood (particularly singing games and rhymes) can enhance child development in so many ways
- Singing develops an understanding of Musical Concepts e.g. beat, rhythm, faster/slower, quieter/louder, higher/lower etc.
- Singing will help to develop speech: Songs and rhymes have very clear articulation and are easier for the child to imitate.
- Singing encourages communication – children will join in the constant repetition of songs and rhymes.
- Singing will increase the child’s understanding of language: a knowledge of traditional rhymes and songs is likely to make the child more phonemically aware.
- Singing and rhymes can introduce the child to colours, numbers, patterns and shapes.
- Singing Games encourages friendship and social interaction.
- Singing Games aid discipline e.g. being a leader, being a follower, turn taking.
- Singing Games help develop cooperation: being a team member and sharing.
- Singing Games help develop imagination.
- Singing Games encourage moving to music
- Singing often will encourage the child to sing spontaneously and invent their own songs.
- Singing and playing together develops a sense of security – intellectual skills are linked to emotional growth.
- The games help develop independence.
- Singing is an emotional release for adults and children alike.
- Singing Games help develop the child’s motor skills i.e. ability to walk, hop, jump, skip etc.
- Singing Games develop spacial awareness.
- Singing Games help to develop coordination skills e.e. clapping games and complex movement.
- Simple Finger Rhymes develop fine motor skills. (Research from Roehampton University as part of Early Years Sounds of Intent see poster for more details)