Well…is your baby too young to listen to you speak? Of course not! As parents, we know that talking to our babies is vital in helping their brian grow. Research has shown that talking with children in the first 3 years of life builds the brain architecture that will be needed later to support reading and thinking skills.

Singing to your babies is just as important as reading to them.  A parent fine-tunes their voice to their baby’s needs. When your baby is cheerful, we sing in an upbeat voice. When a baby is fretful, we sing in a soothing manner. Since babies can’t really regulate their own moods in the early months of life, a parent’s singing plays a vital role. Songs comfort your baby; they help them feel safe in the world.

Infants and Music. Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words. They often try to mimic sounds and start moving to the music as soon as they are physically able. They will enjoy this class as they try and mimic you or the older kids in class.  Once they are able, they’ll begin rocking to the beat and clapping to the rhythm. It will be adorable!

Toddlers and Music. Toddlers love to dance and move to music. The key to toddler music is the repetition of songs, which encourages the use of words and memorization. Silly songs make them laugh!

Preschoolers and Music. Preschoolers enjoy singing just to be singing. They aren’t self-conscious about their ability and most are eager to let their voices roar. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, use rhythms with a definite beat, and ask them to do things. Preschool children enjoy nursery rhymes and songs about familiar things like toys, animals, play activities, and people. They also like finger plays and nonsense rhymes with or without musical accompaniment.

So…keep playing those LADYBUG MUSIC CDs. And sing to your child. Dance with your child. Make up silly rhymes and songs.  Incorporate music into your everyday life as often as you can. Not because it will make your child a brilliant mathematician, but because it’s another enjoyable experience that nurtures them — and your relationship 🙂