Are you looking for ways to engage your child in reading?
Do you need new ideas for books you can read with your little one?
You can never read too much with your child! As children develop, reading with their parents becomes one of the most bonding experiences. The child develops independence through discovering the world. The relationship between parent and child gets stronger by exploring the world through books.
Have you thought of combining literacy and music?
One of the ways to further engage children in reading is to expose them to music and the arts.
There are lots of studies connecting music to children’s cognitive development. Music helps children develop higher order thinking. The patterns and repetition in music help young children acquire a language and become fluent in it. As music and movement go together, music activities help children develop fine motor skills.
Why not combine literacy with music education?
Why does combining subjects help my child?
When educating a child, it’s always great to combine knowledge from different subjects to help your child learn. Your child will develop critical thinking by learning to make connections across the subjects.
It is wise to focus on your child’s interests and use that to strengthen his weakness in school. Following the idea of combining literacy and music, if your child is a strong reader, she can use that to learn about new cultures and explore new concepts through music. On the other hand, if your child is developing as a reader, you can use his natural tendency for movement and creativity to strengthen his reading skills.
What are the extra benefits of reading about music?
You can use children’s music books as a way to introduce the instruments and expose your child to the possibility of playing a musical instrument. However, the benefits of music go far beyond simply learning about the instruments. Music is a great vehicle for developing tolerance for different cultures and people. It can be a tool of developing compassion and character within a child.
How do I get information on which books are good for my child?
One of the greatest pleasures in reading is being able to share with others. Parents are always looking for different ways to help their children grow. We all have our favorite children’s books and activities. Sharing can enrich others but can also help your own child by learning ideas that have worked for others.
Often parents don’t have the time to join book clubs or parent classes. The use of online resources and online communities can come to aid. Parents can get ideas about books and activities for their children conveniently at home.
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Maria Stefanova-Mar is the author of www.musicteachingandparenting.com
Maria is starting a new online series introducing parents to the joys of reading through music books, as well as giving parenting advice. She is a music educator/specialist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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