children learn best when they are enjoying themselves. singing stimulates auditory discrimination essential to development of children’s? imaginations and ability to express ideas in words, music, dance, gestures
language is learned by imitation and repetition singing provides a fun and enjoyable means to repetition, children do not notice how many times they have repeated something they like, it is never a chore learn songs by heart, especially pre-reading children, helps develop memory
the flow of the words in songs imitate the flow of the words in language, intonation, inflexion, stress, articulation children can often sing in a foreign language easily even though they may not speak that language at all, it is the flow of the language through singing which allows the ease of this
Helps with reading ability
process of placing words into rhythmic patterns in singing reinforces their speaking ability, learn basics of poetry without knowing it
Learn about one?s culture
introduce new words and concepts, alone, with family or in small groups
provides a ?prompt? to discuss the content, opportunity to history(seasons, stories, morals) action songs reinforce co-ordination, can be in the form of of matching the rhythm of an action with the music or in the form of holding up fingers to count the verse or other things in the song (e.g.. ?five little waves were dancing about? etc.) Reinforce numeracy, literacy and memory counting songs, alphabet songs, story songs (e.g.?5 Fat Frogs?), accumulative songs, action songs. quite often we can remember long songs word for word but not many of us can remember a story word for word.
Singing in groups
reinforcing, companionship, identification with others, sense of belonging, social skills develop, sharing, listening to each other (call and response songs), promotes understanding and valuing of others? ideas.
** Useful elements found in songs:
Action (fine motor)
Action (gross motor, jumping etc. )
Using rhythmic/sound effects of own language (animals, trucks, bells, horns anything)