Monday, June 20, 2016

Ignite Learning with Movement and Music

10 reasons why music and movement are essential in preschool.

Move it Monday are days that we discuss ways to get our kids to move. It could be reviews of great dance along videos, fun games, or even products to help us out. When we are moving - many times music goes right with that. It is just more fun to move with music!

Research is showing us how important music and movement really are to learning ESPECIALLY with children under the age of 7!

Did you know ...

  • that short term memory can only hold 7 bits of information! When you put a whole lotta information into a song the brain sees that as 1 bit.  The brain receives and processes more when it is in a song.
  • the ear is the most fully developed sense organ at birth.
  • the vestibular system (the balance center of the ear) must be activated for learning to take place. Related - all learning before 15 months is centered on strengthening this system.
  • that before 12 months old babies will make the same sounds ACROSS THE WORLD. After 12 months they start to only make the sounds they hear culturally.
  • rhythm activities encourage active listening.
  • infants who hear a lot of talking (not television, but in real life talking) have 131 more words at 20 months and 295 words at 24 months.
  • tapping rhythms with hands creates more effective learning.
  • that kazoos activate bone structures that activate the vestibular system. The kazoo helps the inner-voice (the being able to hear yourself in your head and think through answers) which is a skill necessary for higher-level thinking.  -- Related, kazoo activities can begin around age 4.
  • cross lateral movement (right to left crossing the mid-line of the body and left to right) is necessary for the brain to be able to learn to read. You can see how strong this is by checking balance activities, like standing on one foot.
  • the more senses involved the better the success rate of learning the lesson. Active learning (using all 5 senses) stimulates and involves more parts of the brain producing stronger long term memory because the whole brain is awake and ready to be filled!
  • it can take 1500 exposures of a concept to become concrete!
  • that using music in your learning can become habitual making it ineffective. Keep it to around 20 minutes per hour.
As you can see music and movement are essential to getting the most out of your learning activities. Not only do they get all the wiggles and extra energy out, it will actually get them ready to learn!

Share with us how you incorporate music and movement into your day down in the comments!

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