By Christina F. Morrissey, M.S., CCC-SLP
In a world of apps, ebooks and streaming, it is hard to believe that something as simple as a few verses of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” could make much of a difference on your child’s brain. Research has shown, however, that those simple songs and nursery rhymes can help your child learn language and literacy skills. But all music is not created equally when it comes to teaching your child. Here are some tips on how to use nursery rhymes and simple songs to help you and your child make the most from music.
Play it Again (and again, and again)
If you’ve ever been asked by your child to read the same bedtime story over and over again, you are well aware that children love repetition. Not only do they like singing the same song many times over, but they also enjoy the consistency inherent in music, such as a familiar tune and a predictable chorus. Children benefit from repetition and review of concepts, and the right kind of children’s songs have the repetition necessary to really make developing language concepts stick.