Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind builder
Music is one of the greatest tools parents have to bond with their babies. It can calm fussy babies, stimulate their minds or simply make them want to move.
Music can help create a more balanced and healthy child, both physically and emotionally, and it can reinforce early language skills. Scientific studies show that music helps children develop logic abilities. We know that a sense of internal rhythm is very important for learning to read (ask Dr. Seuss!). We also know that music helps children listen, focus and pay attention. For example, kids who can pick out the words in a song as part of “auditory stream” have gained a very important skill. Music allows children to explore sounds with their voices and to use instruments as tools, helping them to understand melodic direction, tempo and rhythmic patterns. Learning to sing develops language, articulation, diction and expression. And the best part is that it’s fun!
- You don’t have to have a fantastic singing voice to enjoy music with your child. If you claim no musical talents, hum while you do laundry or whistle while you work in the kitchen.
- Babies naturally love the facial expressions of a parent, the inflection of their voice and the rhythmic repetition of lyrics. As you cook dinner, lean over to Baby with an animated face and sing a silly song!
- Sing Baby lullabies before bedtime (even if you don’t like your voice, your baby will).
- As you drive around town, sing along to the radio or to your favorite CD. It doesn’t matter what style of music you play. If you like jazz or country, play that for your baby.
- Before naptime, try some old favorites like “This Old Man” or " Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." Sing it softly then loudly; fast then slow. See which way holds the baby’s attention longer.
- Be enthusiastic, smile and use an expressive voice. It’s not so much what you sing as how you sing it.
- If you refuse to sing, find an album of lullabies you like and play that for your baby. If you have an instrument, play it. You have a new audience member who will appreciate any effort you make.