How Singing and Musical Fun with Young Children Pays Off in Reading Readiness
Did you know that young children who engage in singing, moving, and developing basic music skills will be better readers? Teddy Bear Band songs help young brains develop the ability to process sound, remember things, hear differences in language sounds (phonological awareness), and learn to keep a steady beat–essential skills needed for proficient reading. Babies who are sung to are better at processing speech and learning language. Toddlers who are rocked and bounced to a beat and keep the beat with their bodies develop the ability to keep a steady beat. All children can develop basic music skills by practicing keeping the steady pulse or beat of a song with two hands on their laps, clapping every sound of the words of a song (how the words go), telling the difference between higher and lower pitches, matching a pitch, and singing in tune.