Standards of Dance in Early Childhood: The Philosophy Underlying Early Childhood Standards by a staff writer of the National Dance Education Organization discusses the numerous benefits of dance in children. Creative movement and dance can have a major impact on a child’s: physical development, emotional maturity, social awareness, and cognitive development.
These songs, old and new, have numerous benefits: they are good for the brain, preserve a culture, teach history, provide opportunities to bond, and be a joyful, shareable experience.
Science Magazine article Human Language May be Shaped by Climate and Terrain by Emily Underwood discusses the fascinating phenomenon of acoustic adaptation. Researchers are learning that human language development may be influenced by our environments. Driving factors of language differences appear to be: humidity, forested environment, tree cover (or lack thereof), and terrain (rocky vs. smoother topography).
Music is powerful and can “indirectly influence our perceptions and actions”. Research has repeatedly shown that music can help children in the classroom: to motivate, stimulate, help children focus, and aid in memory and learning retention.
According to one educational website sight word is defined as, “a word that is immediately recognized as a whole and does not require word analysis for identification. Good readers instantly recognize sight words without having to decode them. Sight words are usually high-frequency words, which occur most frequently in our language.” Learning sight words is truly an important part of learning to read. It can be described as the on-ramp to becoming a proficient reader.