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Singing to children may help development of language skills
12 : 04 PM - 09/05/2011
London, May. 9 (BNA) -- New book claims that 'signature' melodies and inflections of traditional rhymes prepare children's brains for language.
In a report released by the "Guardian" newspaper today, a study shows that singing traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes to babies and infants before they learn to speak, is "an essential precursor to later educational success and emotional wellbeing", argues Blythe in a book. "Song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the 'signature' melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child's ear, voice and brain for language."
Blythe says in her book, that traditional songs aid a child's ability to think in words. She also claims that listening to, and singing along with rhymes and songs uses and develops both sides of the brain.
"Neuro-imaging has shown that music involves more than just centralised hotspots in the brain, occupying large swathes on both sides," she said.

Blythe believes that singing to and, later, with a child is the most effective way to transform their ability to communicate. "Children's response to live music is different from recorded music," she said. "Babies are particularly responsive when the music comes directly from the parent. Singing along with a parent is for the development of reciprocal communication."

The research shows that music and rhyme increase a child's ability in spatial reasoning, which can enhance a child's mathematical and scientific abilities. Even better than just singing, though, is to teach songs with actions and encourage your child to dance along to the music, they will learn balance, co-ordination, body awareness and rhythm.
BNA 0726 GMT 2011/05/09
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