Posts tagged ‘literacy’

Rhyme is Critical for Early Literacy

Mary's LambA recent guest post on “An Amazing Child” blog does an excellent job summarizing the benefits to incorporating nursery rhymes in the regular reading material for young children.   The author references research indicating that children’s vocabularies are shrinking in the US, and the gradual disappearance of nursery rhymes in their daily lives may be to blame.

The benefits of rhymes listed by the author include:

  • auditory discrimination
  • listening skills
  • a rich range of language
  • concentration skills
  • oral storytelling / poetry skills

Read the full article

Other Resources:

Rhymers Are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes – KBYU Eleven

June 5, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Early Music Training Permanently Enhances The Brain

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Piano Teacher with ChildOver the past decade, researchers around the world have uncovered compelling evidence that formal music training, particularly for very young children, permanently improves cognitive capabilities and increases IQ scores.  In 2006,  researchers at McMaster University in Canada studied 4 to 6 year-olds who participated in musical training using the Suzuki method over the course of a year.  According to the BBC, those with training “performed better [than the control group] on a memory test also designed to assess general intelligence skills such as literacy and maths ability.” Lead researcher Professor Laurel Trainor said, “It suggests that musical training is having an effect on how the brain gets wired (more…)

July 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment


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