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Your Singing Sensory Baby!
Songs and rhymes provide a powerful stimulus in terms of language development and it is never too early to introduce them. Even if babies cannot understand the words, they will pay attention to sounds, actions and facial gestures. Babies will listen to familiar songs over and over again, and they will show pleasure whenever they hear them.
Songs with a repetitive theme such as ‘Round and Round the Garden’ and ‘Pat-a-cake’ help babies learn new words in an enjoyable way. They also encourage participation and turn-taking through clapping and body actions.
Listening to and interacting in songs and rhymes encourages babies to: • Learn new words. • Develop listening skills.
• Feel the rhythm of a particular song. • Recognise differences in melody, such as verse and chorus. • Recognise repeated sound patterns. • Improve memory.
• Match movements to music. • Maintain attention and concentration. • Develop social skills
Babies absorb the sounds that they hear. Later on, they may surprise their parents by singing a song or lullaby from beginning to end that they regularly heard in early infancy!
It is well known that babies are soothed by familiar lullabies and songs and classical music of a slow pace. From about seven months of age, most babies will move rhythmically to music with a strong rhythm or repeat. Towards the end of the first year, they may clap their hands and stamp their feet in time to the music and mood expressed. If music is introduced early on, children will naturally integrate the sounds and vibrations into their body movements.
However, it is during the first year of life that the baby actually structures her own brain as a result or feels something new, neural connections form
Musical instruments Providing opportunities for babies to make their own music can provide a great outlet for frustration, tension and stress. Playing an instrument also enhances fine finger movements, improves eyesight, hearing, concentration and memory.
extraordinary abilities of babies. It has also shown
Handling instruments enables babies to: • Match sounds to different instruments.
• Make quiet and loud sounds. • Change sounds.
• Control volume, tempo (speed) and rhythm. • Develop manipulative skills.
• Express their thoughts, ideas and feelings.
creativity, language, memory, reasoning, problem- skills. Everything the baby experiences will affect the growth and development of the brain and form the foundation for all future learning. That’s why
Author, Dr Lin Day. Contact Clare Wilson, Baby Sensory, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine.
for learning from conception to the end of the first By Dr Lin Day. Contact Clare Wilson, Baby Sensory Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine.
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