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Why read to your baby?

Reading to your baby is one of the simplest activities you can do, but it has many benefits. This simple activity can have positive effects in baby’s intellectual and emotional development.

Here are some of those benefits:

  • it helps language development – reading aloud to them helps them learn new words, especially when you point to the picure as you read them. It also helps them learn about communication skills, such as turn-taking, eye contact and listening.
  • it helps baby explore different emotions and the world around them – As you read to them, use different voices and exaggerate different emotions. This will enhance the meaning of the words to baby.
  • it helps you bond with him/her – Reading to infants is one of the best, and cheapest, ways to bond to your little one. 
  • it helps the brain to grow – When you read you stimulate the brain with new words and sounds.
  • it begins education early – Fun times with a book help children learn to listen, build longer and stronger attention spans.
  • it has a calming effect – whether you read your kid’s books, poetry, Shakespeare, or the TV Guide, the sound of a soft, soothing voice reading will often calm an infant who is crying, feeling ill, or having trouble sleeping, helping him or her to relax.

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby! Do you have any stories you’d like to share with us?

Music benefits…

Music can have so many benefits in our lives! It helps with cognitive, physical, language, socio-emotional, reading, writing, and math skills…!! So, in this post we’ll see how music has benefits in academic areas such as literacy and math.

Literacy is defined as how well we read and write. Once we learn how to read, we read all the time: we read menus, books, flyers, street signs, etc. We write things all the time as well. From the more sophisticated report at work to leaving a note to someone in your family! In order to acquire these skills and use them effectively, one has to manipulate sounds and parts of sounds which is called phonological awareness and understand that print has different functions, such as give choices (menus), tell a story (book), or make an announcement, which is called print awareness, as well as have good oral language skills.

Children’s songs often divide words in syllables, use rhyming words, and repeat words, phrases, syllables and sounds. All of this helps with literacy skills. In addition, we sing them ALL the time (Do you still have a favorite?)

Music also benefits math skills. Math skills include not only numbers, but shapes, spatial relationships and patterns.

When you listen to music or practice music you are counting, or following a beat, or a rhythm… those are patterns! How about when you play music and listen to notes that are higher or lower? You are practicing geometry skills!

If you want your child to do better in math, reading and writing, pick up those instruments, sing your favorite song and count 1-2-3!!

What is you favorite childhood song?