This article is sponsored by Growing IQ.
The knowledge that children learn best when they’re moving and active is a given in early childhood research. Studies have shown that the brain works differently during movement – and that retention, absorption, and the rate of learning occur differently when a child is moving.
Active, vigorous, frequent movement is critical to a child’s development.
Especially in the very early years, from babyhood through the preschool ages, children are learning more rapidly than they learn at any other time as their brain grows by leaps and bounds; most of the learning that takes place during this period happens alongside movement and touch as children explore the world around them through their senses.
Motion -> Music
The natural need for motion is one reason why young children love music and why music, rhythm, nursery rhyme, song, and dance play such a critical role in early childhood education.
Of course, music is critical to humanity in ways that research can’t quite explain. Day-old infants breathe differently depending on the style of music they can hear. Furthermore, music encourages bonding with children in a way that reaches far beyond that scope of most education research or our current understanding.
Research can tell us for sure though that toddlers and preschoolers who learn through and listen to music are generally better at regulating their emotions and reading the emotions of others and have better fine and gross motor coordination. They grasp language more readily, demonstrate better memory, have better self-control, and have longer attention spans.
Music -> Math
Equally important? Music prepares young children to succeed in math. Math-centered careers are the most rapidly growing and today’s students will need a strong grasp of math concepts to compete in tomorrow’s workforce.
Music begins to lay that foundation for a strong grasp of mathematics at a very young age, earlier than any other math concepts can be taught. Rhythm, pattern, and repetition are all concepts embedded in math that music easily introduces a child to before he or she ever learns to read or add.
Furthermore, research has indicated that music can actually increase knowledge retention.
Math, Music, and Motion – three aspects of a child’s development that they desperately need.
And Growing IQ in Frisco combines them into one fantastic package of programming. As noted on the website,
These three extraordinary and reciprocating pillars of early childhood development form a bridge between the mind and the body to create opportunities to develop an early aptitude for math and strengthen your child’s future cognitive skills.
Children as young as two years of age can experience math concepts through movement and music in Growing IQ’s early childhood curriculum, appropriately called Math, Music, Motion.
The foundation for later academic and career success is laid through song, dance, and fun experiences. The Math, Music, and Motion website describes the curriculum well, noting,
Children will participate in sensory-rich learning experiences that foster growth in all early childhood development targets: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
A number of local preschools have adopted the fantastic programming but you can also sign up for a free trial class right at the Growing IQ location on Preston Road in Frisco. Don’t take our word for it – try out the fantastic classes for yourself!
Give your toddler or preschooler the gift of music and motion now and enhance their math abilities and their joy of learning for a lifetime.