Here is a great article for all parents about early child brain development. For the quick-read version, scroll about halfway down and take a look at the “10 Things Every Child Needs.” Kindermusik address EACH of these needs.
Fellow Kindermusik educators, Ms. Christa and Ms. Danielle, together came up with this wonderful explanation of why Active Listening is so important to your child:
Have you ever wondered why we take time in class to quietly listen and then reproduce the sound we hear? We listen to animal sounds, environmental sounds, parts of songs all with the focus of then being able to articulate what we heard.
“Active listening is a process that goes beyond the physical act of hearing. It is an intellectual and emotional process that integrates a full range of inputs in a search for the meaning of and an understanding of a sender’s message. It involves listening between the lines to hear what is not said as well as what is said.” Early Childhood Education, Blending Theory, Blending Practice by Lawrence J. Johnson, M.J. LaMontagne, Peggy M. Elgas and Anne M. Bauer.
Miss Danielle, a colleague of mine, posted to following to our Kindermusik educators list this morning. I asked her permission to share her thoughts with you. It really is amazing the amounts of sound input we have to process in today’s world. Isn’t it exciting to know that, if your child is enrolled in Kindermusik, they are getting a head start learning how to process all these sounds? Here is what Miss Danielle had to say:
I was just thinking about the necessity for developing our children’s
listening skills. As I sit in my living room and hear a beep or chime,
I ask my husband:
Is that my phone? Is that your phone? Is that my phone’s battery
dying? Your Phone’s battery dying? Is that the answering machine beeping?
or Is that the microwave? Is that the oven timer? Is that the security
sensor? Is that the smoke detector? or the Smoke detector battery
dying? Could that be the signal to change the filter of refrigerator,
air purifier, coffee maker?
Or Is that someone’s phone on the TV? Is that the front doorbell?
The back doorbell?
Could that be a construction truck backing up outside?
Is that the ringing in my ears?
Our little ones don’t know any better. They have lived with these
sounds all their lives. And now they have to also recognize the
different ringtones for persons in their phone list.
We’d better get busy honing their listening skills so they can make it
through life without catastrophes!!
So, take time to quietly listen to the sounds in your house, car, backyard etc. Turn off the t.v. and the radio and point out the different sounds you hear. Is it a nice day? Go for a walk and listen for a bird singing, a car engine, a dog barking, etc. Take notice of the sounds in our lives.
Movements that cross the body’s mid-line (an imaginary line as if drawn straight from your nose to the ground) activate growth and strengthen the corpus callosum. The corpus callosum is the nerve pathway between the two brain hemispheres of the cerebrum. Movement also helps to build the capacities that allow full sensory access from both sides of the body.
Communication between the hemispheres allows the development of skills such as reading, which uses both sides of the brain. The left hemisphere is used to sound out the word and analyze thought while the right hemisphere remembers sight words and visualizes what the author is saying.