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25 Impressive Benefits Of Dance For Kids
By Jenny Silverstone of MomLovesBest.com


Have you ever noticed that children love to dance? Creativity and self-expression are vital to your child’s well-being, and dancing is a fun way to get your child to be active.


Dancing has so many pros, from physical fitness to boosting confidence and creativity. But how do you encourage it?


Your child doesn’t have to become a master dancer, but there are too many advantages to ignore. Here’s how to get your child to reap the benefits of dancing: Continue to full article...

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Connecting Music and Literacy By Pam Schiller, Ph.D.

Music is an integral part of a quality early childhood curriculum. It plays a role in the following:  

In setting the tone of the classroom in developing skills and concepts. 
In helping children make transitions. 
In building a sense of community. 

Of course, if you ask the children, they will tell you singing is part of their daily activities because it's just plain fun! 

The Push for Early Literacy Skills 

In recent years there has been strong national focus on early literacy.  We have begun to examine and define the valuable role singing songs and reciting chants and rhymes play in laying the foundation for reading readiness. We know, for example, that singing songs and reciting chants and rhymes help build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. The size of a child's vocabulary (oral language) and his or her skill in being able to discriminate sounds (phonological awareness) are strong predictors of how easily a child will learn to read when exposed to formal instruction. But oral language and phonological awareness are not the only skills that are developed when children are exposed to songs, chants, and rhyme.  Both activities also help develop listening and comprehension skills. With conscious effort we can use them to provide opportunities for children to develop letter knowledge and recognition and to become familiar with the conventions of print.  Read more...