Using Music to Help Children Learn
Spending time with kids in the home is really important to me. Before I became a mother I was an early years teacher and one of the things I loved to do more than anything else was to create resources and visual aids to help children have fun whilst learning.
Since I began blogging I’ve found new opportunities to create fun and exciting learning aids for kids and I’ve recently started to share free learning printables on The Inspiration Edit. This is a new experience for me and something I’m really enjoying.
One thing that I really love to do and something any parent can do is to use music to help develop your child’s numeracy and literacy skills. There are so many songs out there you can teach your child which can help to teach basic counting and number skills and all songs encourage speech development.
Music is not only fun but a great teaching tool and perfect for young children
I love songs like 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little men in the flying saucer and 5 cheeky monkeys bouncing on the bed. The list goes on and on and I could talk all day about the different songs available for young children to learn.
Before becoming a qualified early years teacher I never really focussed or thought much about nursery rhymes and songs and never focussed on the many things they could teach. It’s not just maths and speech skills you can help develop.
Some fun songs can be used to teach basic science, songs about the rainbow and colours are a good example of these. Then there are songs which use other languages. I used to work as a teacher in New Zealand and we always had plenty of nursery songs that were based on foreign language and these were a great learning tool.
I think the value of music in early years and in the home can sometimes be overlooked. I’m sure every parent has taught their child the alphabet song and there are so many resources you could make to further extend your child’s learning in of basic letters and sounds. Music is a fantastic way to do this.
As a mother I try to use music to help my daughter learn. My child is growing and is getting older so we are now making the times tables into songs and creating our own songs to help learn spellings and new ideas.
Any parent can use music to teach a child and even better find your child’s interests and create fun learning activities to develop these areas. It’s great to learn at school but even better to have activities in the home which are fun and educational. What have you done to help your child have fun and learn at home?
I’ve created a fantastic resource today which is free to download.. This can be printed out and laminated and could make a great resource for the home. Enjoy.
Angela Milnes – The Inspiration Edit
Angela Milnes is a mother, teacher and blogger who writes The Inspiration Edit.
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