Parachute play is a lot of fun! It is part of our music curriculum because it provides many benefits when used in music education. Plus, it’s an all time favorite for our little learners and, we love that they are learning as they play. Here are some of the benefits:
Develops a sense of rhythm
Offers a non-competitive interaction
Promotes social interaction
Refines perceptual skills
Enhances language development
*NOTE: Even during our ONLINE classes, you can adjust this activity to get the same benefits at home! Use a blanket, a towel, or something similar, and move it to the music (up and down, side to side, shaking it, etc). Have your little one hold one end, or have two or more adults hold it and the child dance underneath – just like we do in class 🙂
At Ladybug Music, we encourage the use of vocables when singing to and with your little one. Vocables are utterances which are not considered words. They’re often used in music with a stronger use of vowel sounds than consonants, for example: la la la or doo doo doo.
These simple, repetitive sounds mimic how babies make repetitive babbling noises as they’re learning to speak, helping stimulate language development and build vocabulary. Also, when we sing songs without words, children have the opportunity to concentrate fully on audiating (hearing internally) the melody and the rhythm of the song, without the distraction imposed by attempts to process language at the same time. Plus, it gives children the chance to sing along, even when they’re preverbal or working through a speech delay or disability.
This activity is also important as it lets them experiment with expressing themselves fully through a song, without being inhibited in any way.
It’s a great exercise to do at home with any song they love to sing! So, let’s sing along together: la la la…
Singing with your child is a lot of fun! But did you know it’s also super beneficial? Singing helps young children by stimulating their brain, building their memory, and expanding their vocabulary.
There are many ways to incorporate singing into your everyday activities, for more learning and developing. For example:
- Sing songs with instructions to follow, like the Hokey Pokey. You’ll have them moving -great for motor skills, strength, and more- and learning new words!
- Have a 5-10 minute “music break” each day, when your child chooses the music and you listen to it, sing along and/or dance to it. You’ll reap the same benefits as above, plus they’ll work on their self-esteem and confidence, by being the ones “in charge” of the music.
- Have an instrument jam session! Grab any instruments you like or make your own -like a shaker made out of a jar filled with rice- and sing a song together while playing along. This activity will fire up the brain, as it requires great focus and coordination.
- Sing about daily activities, like bath time, brushing our teeth, cleaning up, and more. For this, make sure to choose -or make up- a song that will go with the mood you want to establish for each activity, like: a soothing song for nap or bedtime; a more upbeat song for getting dressed or cleaning up. This is a great activity to help establish new routines.
No matter how you choose to incorporate singing into your lives, remember that your child LOVES to hear you sing. So, don’t be shy, sing loud and proud… and sing, sing, sing!
Ladybug Music® is a program designed to support little ones in their individual learning styles.
Whether they’re active or passive learners, our classes are interactive, so they’ll be able to participate in whatever way they’re most comfortable with and ready for, in their developement.
*As an active learner, you child will be fully engaged in all the activities we do, imitating movements, singing along, playing along, dancing, etc. These type of learners are physically active and learn by doing.
*Or, your child could be a different type of active learner: a kinesthetic learner. These types of learners move around a lot, which may seem as if they’re not paying attention to class. However, they actually learn best when they process information while being physically active or engaged. And, as long as they’re within earshot of the class, and they see, hear and feel you participating, they will learn kinesthetically.
*On the other hand, if your child seems to take a passive role, that is totally okay too! Passive learners are naturally inclined to engage in observational learning (which is how we all start!). These little ones learn through watching others, retaining the information and then later replicating the behaviors that were observed.
So, no matter how your child experiences our classes, actively or passively, trust that they are absorbing information and learning a lot, at their own pace!
Our Spring Session 2021 is Open for Registration! Classes start on April 12th.
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And, keeping our Thursday 10:30am CST Class
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Rhythmicity and timing refer to any type of activity requiring the coordination of sound and vibration with movement. It has been discovered that a child’s capacity for rhythmicity and timing helps to build the foundation for his or her emotional and intellectual development.
This goes back to infancy and even the prenatal period, when babies move in rhythm with their mothers’ voices. Even new babies have this wonderful capacity to be in harmony with their caregivers’ vocalisms and movements. Feeling in tune with another person facilitates all types of communication and learning, including language.
One study shows that this capacity for harmonious, rhythmic interaction can be correlated with cognitive capacity. In infancy and the preschool years, children who get into these harmonious back-and forth rhythms with their caregivers as part of a joyful relationship have a distinct head start in their development of their cognitive skills.
Every week, we do one or two small movement and fingerplay songs in class, like “Inky Pinky Spider,” “Rain, rain,” “One Little Owl,” and “Open & Shut Them.”
These are really great for little ones, because they help them work on a lot of developmental skills, and they’re simple enough for them to learn and imitate pretty quickly.
In addition to learning a steady beat and a simple melody, there are many benefits to doing these songs, including:
-improving fine motor skills
-developing and refining hand-eye coordination
-strengthening and flexing small hand and arm muscles
Stretchy bands are wonderful props for music class! At Ladybug Music®️ ATX, we love to use this tool during our sessions, as much as possible because they are great for development, give everyone a chance to explore music in a different way, and they are lots of fun.
Some of the many benefits of the stretchy band activities are:
- Develops gross motor skills and promotes large movement
- Develops coordination and spatial-awareness
- Strengthens muscles (arms, shoulders, chest, back…)
- Improves movement control
- Provides a visual representation of the beat and a textural experience (thru touch and feel of fabric)
- Encourages cooperation
- Encourages creativity and self-expression
Research shows that music is one of the best tools to learn a new language.
- Listening to music helps with memorization. According to scientists, singing new words makes them easier to remember. We learn the ABCs, the numbers, even the music scale (The Sound of Music’s “Do-Re-Mi,” anyone?), through song.
- Listening to music allows us to better assimilate the syntax and enrich our vocabulary.
- Scientific research suggests that infants who listen to music in multiple languages as they grow, will have better linguistic sensitivity in these languages in later life.
- When singing, we try to reproduce sounds and tone, so our accent is less pronounced than when we speak.
There are plenty of activities to encourage this!
- Repeat simple songs in different languages. For example: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and “The Wheels on the Bus” have well-known Spanish translations, and “Are You Sleeping,” is originally in French, etc. Sing it first in English and then, repeat it in the other language.
- Adjust the songs to the language of your choice. If it’s a counting song, repeat it a few times, first in English and then sing the numbers in the foreign language you want you child to learn. The same goes for songs about the letters, shapes, colors, etc. Don’t worry if it doesn’t quite fit the melody, just have fun with it 🙂
- As you sing a beloved song, interject some words in a foreign language that are related to that song. For example, when singing “Row Your Boat,” say: “ruder” (row, in German) or “barca” (boat, in Italian)
- Listen to all kinds of music (not only kids music) in that second language often (this helps with vocabulary and syntax, as mentioned above) – plus, it exposes them to the sounds and rhythms of that other culture.
Makeshift and DIY instruments can promote creativity and imagination!
Even if you have plenty of toy instruments at home, using household items as instruments -like getting a plastic container and wooden spatula to drum with-, can be new, exciting, and engaging for young children. So, look around your home for kid-safe items and be creative!