|Babies and Music|
Scientists say that hearing begins at 19-20 weeks gestation. That means babies can hear talking, singing, and musical instruments before they are even born! Singing songs lays groundwork for language growth, reading, speaking and self-expression. The best advantage is the potential of music to convey feelings of love, delight and security to baby and the ability to bond the family together. For more advantages of music read The Benefits of Music.
Nursery rhymes and lullabies are used in every corner of the world to teach, calm and soothe babies. The repetition, rhyming words and stories in these songs teach babies language skills, cultural history and beginning math. To learn more about how to use nursery rhymes and children’s songs read Teach Your Child Using Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs.
Listening and creating real music helps baby figure out his place in space and time, organize his movements and gain control of his body.
Newborns: Sing lullabies to your newborn baby. She will not care what you sound like but she will be soothed and comforted by your voice and the vibration you make while she lies on your chest.
Lullaby ideas: Rock a Bye Baby
Hush Little Baby
Jesus Loves Me
You are My Sunshine
Angels Watching Over Me
Ready to Play: One of the best ways to engage little ones is through songs and finger plays. You are teaching them about their bodies and the world round them.
Finger play ideas: This Little Piggy
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, I Caught a Fish Alive
Peek-a-Boo – not technically a song but you do sing-song when you say “Peek-a-Boo” and that is teaching pitch and timing!
Ready to Sing: These little ones are ready to join in the fun. There are great songs to help teach and develop gross motor skills and body coordination. This is also a great time to make music using big fat rhythm sticks, rattles and bells!
Movement song ideas: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes –even if they can’t stand yet, you can place their hands on the correct body parts!
If You’re Happy and You Know It
BINGO – substitute your child’s name and he will soon be spelling his own name!
Music comes so naturally to babies. Lullabies can calm and soothe. Songs and finger plays can teach and entertain. And singing together will show love and create wonderful memories.
Title picture created using artwork by Trina Clark at www.digiscrapkits.com