Early Childhood Brain Development

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.

Hearing Patterns

When children drum along to the rhythms in a song or to their own name, they practice careful listening and pattern recognition. This is one way children hear sounds in words – a skill necessary for word recognition, speaking, reading, and writing (adapted from “Show and Tell”).
LEARN AT HOME! Have your child focus on listening to you as you say, shake, or drum a rhythmic pattern. Then, model active listening by letting your child attempt to copy you. The result may or may not be the same pattern you modeled; remember that there are no “wrong” answers, as we are focusing on process, not performance! If your child responded with a different pattern, echo the new pattern back to her. If your child responded with the same pattern you modeled, try modeling a new pattern the next time.

Is My Baby Too Young?


No, your baby is never too young to be aware of the things that are happening around them and we know that kids get the most out of Kindermusik the younger they start. Right now your baby’s brain is soaking up everything — and did you know that music is the ONLY activity that stimulates all areas of your baby’s brain at the same time? Getting started in KM now is a really smart thing to do.
Studio record: Youngest child to come to class – 48 hours old.

Cultivating Empathy

Empathy between children and the world is a main developmental objective for preschool children. They don’t differentiate between themselves and others. Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as foxes, and quick like bunnies (adapted from Sobel, David. 1999).
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Does this sound like anything we have been doing in our Kindermusik classes? The Watch Me book from the Wiggles and Giggles class gets kids off to a great start. What other books, poems, words or songs can inspire your child to move like a …

Contrasts


Is it high or low? Is it loud or soft? Can you be small or big? Children learn best when these contrasts are used. This is a main idea that children need to learn in the pre-school years. Understanding contrasting concepts is a significant aspect of cognitive development. The capacity to learn relationships between ideas and then apply the learned information to other situations is highly related to a child’s success in school.

Movement and Learning


When dancing together, children quickly learn to work within the group dynamic. Movement becomes the road to communication, fostering both social interaction and cooperation. As parents/caregivers, you know that children love to move their bodies! Structured dance allows for this form of expression while also giving the opportunity for children to learn how they understand themselves in relation to others.
LEARN AT HOME! The next time your child has a playdate, be sure to include some dancing music to turn your playdate into a dance party. Join in on the fun yourself for some exercise and a quick energy burst!