According to a kids health.org article, children who grow up in a musically rich environment are better able to form neural connections (pathways between brain cells).

Preschoolers & Music

According to a kids health.org article, children who grow up in a musically rich environment are better able to form neural connections (pathways between brain cells). If you ever want to send your kids to a place like camp but don’t want them to be away for so long, then consider these¬†KLA Schools daycare options.¬†

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At this pivotal age (birth to 5 years old) active participation in musical activity creates the strongest connections and can lead to:
* better performance in reading and math
* better ability to focus and control their bodies
*ability to play better with others and higher self esteem

Here are some ideas of how you can help create this musically rich environment
1.) Keep the Beat. Can your child keep a steady beat? Can they identify a steady beat? Have them clap a steady beat with you and ask if they can find other things that have a steady beat- i.e. clock, heartbeat,

2.) Dance. This will help your child learn to control their bodies. Vary the tempo and the rhythm of the music you dance to. Your child will learn to move their bodies fast to fast songs and slow to slow songs. You can teach them to stand on tiptoes for high, quiet, music and to stomp their feet for loud music.

3.) Instruments. Keep these casual- rhythm sticks, shakers, bells, can all help them to identify and keep a steady beat. If you can’t find any appropriate instruments for your child you can always make them! Fill plastic eggs, plastic containers, or even film canisters with rice, seeds, or beans- voila! impromtu musical instrument. Rubber bands on shoes boxes make wonderful improvised guitars, and even empty coffee cans can make great drums for children! Leave these in an area where you child can play with them often and let the music making begin!

4. Get Them Involved. While preschool age may be too early to start traditional lessons, there are still plenty of options for your child to experience music! See if their school has an after school or extra curricular music program, get them involved in a children’s choir, take them to see some age appropriate live performance, and check out our Summer PreK Music Camp!

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