Singing to your child is beneficial, says research

A new book published by a consultant in neuro-developmental education reveals the benefits of singing to your child every day.

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 [The Genius of Natural Childhood]. “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.”

Singing to, and with, your child, can improve their ability to communicate, and moves away from too much emphasis on numeracy and literacy.

Read more in the review in today’s Guardian on-line here.

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