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Oct 08, 2021 -

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Music and Dancing in Early Childhood Development

By Canticos

‍In celebration of our new dance-packed song “Dum Dum” we’re excited to share the benefits of incorporating music and dance into early childhood development. Did you know that they help your child learn more than just motor skills and vocabulary?

In celebration of our new dance-packed song “Dum Dum” we’re excited to share the benefits of incorporating music and dance into early childhood development. Did you know that they help your child learn more than just motor skills and vocabulary?

There are many additional benefits, including the development of social skills, literacy, numeracy. In music class, children gain social-emotional skills, like listening to others and following instructions. Learning to follow a beat or read music teaches counting while helping improve memory and attention. And of course, singing along to lyrics in their native language, or even a new language, introduces them to new words.

Music and dancing go hand in hand. Dancing helps a child develop their coordination by building connections in the brain. As these connections are made, a child’s fine and gross motor skills are improved. Physical play has various health benefits and promotes learning in toddlers and young children. It also decreases the risk of developing harmful health conditions like obesity.

Here are some tips for including music into your child’s everyday schedule:

  1. You can use music to indicate playtime, sleep time, or another important routine. This is especially helpful for children who struggle with transitions.

  2. When you see your child dancing, give them a toy drum or other homemade musical instrument and dance together.
    Your child will try to mimic your moves, which can help with his/her hand-eye coordination.

  3. To help your child learn new words and identify the story in a song, try singing their favorite nursery rhymes and inserting their name into it. You can also encourage your child to change words in a song to stimulate creativity.

Finally, parents develop a stronger bond with their children when they enjoy music together. Music is not only a tool that contributes to a child’s development, but it also provides more quality time for the whole family.

Here is a Canticos playlist in Spanish perfect for singing and dancing. We hope it gets your family moving!

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Ask a Bilingual Expert

Raising a bilingual child? On this page, our very own Director of Learning Design and Efficacy, Sophia Espinoza, addresses some of the most common questions, concerns, and curiosities around the benefits of bilingualism. Get the scoop below!

Sophia Espinoza is a career educator and curriculum designer with seven years of experience teaching in private and independent schools across the country. She is an expert in 21st-century education, including technologically-powered personalization, multilingual and multicultural curriculums, and social-emotional learning.

Sophia began teaching in Chicago Public Schools through Chicago Teaching Fellows, learning to support both English Language Learners and students with neurodiverse needs. Among her proudest accomplishments is launching the AltSchool Spanish Immersion Program, with the mission of creating bilingual global citizens who are socially conscious and environmentally aware. Sophia holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A.Ed. from Dominican University.

Benefits of Bilingualism (FAQs):

Any advice on managing two Spanish dialects in the household? Does this cause confusion for kids?

What do you recommend if I’m not completely fluent and my child’s school doesn’t have an immersion class?

Do you recommend teaching different subjects in different languages? For example, the solar system in English and the days of the week in Spanish? Or is it better for kids to try to learn in both languages all the time?

We speak Spanish and English in our home but my child almost always answers or talks back in English. How can I go about encouraging her to respond and speak more in Spanish?

Should I set aside time or create activities for each language or is it okay to mix them both together?

Any advice for households where one parent speaks Spanish and the other English? Can this be confusing for children?

How can my child learn language through play?

What are the social and cultural benefits of bilingualism?

What are some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism?

What are some strategies for raising bilingual children?

What are some common misconceptions about raising bilingual children?

What are some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism?