As a child care provider, I've thoroughly enjoyed playing a part in helping curious, impressionable, and energetic young children grow and mature during their first few years of life. Every week I loved sharing songs with them for the sheer joy if it, but there are actually many benefits to singing and playing music with your children.
- Music helps develop children's language, math, and listening skills
- Music helps develop children's self-esteem and social skills
- Music improves memory
- Music relieves stress and encourages creativity
- Music is a multisensory experience
- Music helps improve fine motor skills, coordination, and rhythm
- Music provides an outlet for self-expression
- Music improves self-regulation skills and makes transitions easier
It’s also important for children to have knowledge about and appreciate the traditions and lifestyles of kids from different lands. This can only help to lessen their fear and misunderstanding of anyone not like them. Those fears and misunderstandings tend to lead to prejudices many of us adults can't let go of. Record labels like Putumayo Kids, The Secret Mountain, and Smithsonian Folkways provide rich, deep collections of children’s songs from around the world, while artists like Elena Moon Park and José-Luis Orozco share collections of childhood songs from their native countries. Have fun exploring these resources and collaborating with your children in the beautiful global language of music!