Music can be a great source of entertainment. But it also has many health and educational benefits. Early childhood is an excellent time to encourage kids to let the music make them move.
“I think our lifestyles are changing and kids aren’t moving as much as they used to. So music makes it fun for them,” says Shelby Bendixson, mother of two.
Music play allows kids the opportunity to learn skills like rhyming and counting while twirling, clapping and having a little fun in the process.
“It’s ok to be silly,” says Andrea Mitchell, children’s librarian at Williston Community Library. “It’s gaining them confidence to be able to do things. It’s just a wonderful way to get the kids listening and learning.”
While the kids let loose, they also learn to follow instructions and concentrate. Habits that can help with literacy skills.
“If we have kids who can listen for the rhyme and guess at that, those kids have success at early reading so we had a lot of those games,” says Jim Gill, who led the music play session.
And the music play also benefits parents.
“As far as technology goes, I think parents are just as guilty of spending too much time on their phones and their ipads and computers so it’s nice to have time like this to bring it back to your kids and focus on them and not have any distractions,” says Bendixson.
Through music play sessions like Gill’s, children learn while families bond.
The Williston Community Library, which organized the event, also has weekly story-time and after-school activities that children of all ages can attend.