October 26, 2021 by admin

Boost Early Literacy Development with Just 30 Minutes of Music per Week

Increased literacy development is one of the major benefits of a consistent music program. And that can happen before elementary school

In fact, an independent research firm found that preschoolers who experienced just 30 minutes a week of Mums n Munchkins demonstrated 32% greater gains in language and literacy skills.

How did researchers test for literacy development? *
Using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)** pretest and posttest scores, a study conducted by SEG Measurement found that children involved in the Mums n Munchkins program (starting at the same level of reading readiness) made 32% greater progress compared to those who did not participate.

 

To evaluate the effectiveness of Mums n Munchkins curriculum, the firm followed 80 preschool children during the school year. Aside from weekly in-class instruction, families of participating children were given extensive at-home materials with each unit (now included physically or digitally within our kits), to help continue the experience outside of the school day.

Why does music increase literacy development?

Music and literacy are processed the same way…through sound!

That’s why, at Mums n Munchkins, we introduce elements like steady beat to babies and build on it from there. And like rhythmic patterns, early childhood songs use simple language patterns, vocabulary, and storytelling. All of these elements contribute to a strong foundation for early literacy skills.

Music builds memory.

When instruction involves singing, dancing, and instrument play, children are forced to listen carefully and pay attention. That type of concentration builds memory, and memory is essential to nurturing reading readiness.

Music for Every Child: a special report for parents, educators, community organizers, policy-makers and citizens of the world from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Getty Foundation
The main takeaway? Studies show that students who participate in music-making at school are more likely to thrive academically and socially.

And the more we can make it available for every child, the better chance we have of building a generation of creative, empathetic thinkers that can bounce back from a crippling pandemic and make our society stronger and more inclusive than ever.

Music In Schools Is An Equity Issue
When music is removed from public schools, it disproportionately affects at-risk children.

The “Music for Every Child” report notes that when music programs are provided in schools, “[t]hose with low ability who seemed the least interested in academics have shown the biggest improvements.”

Take the music away (where children have guaranteed access), and the opportunity for improvement goes with it.

Music sparks imagination.
Did you know that imagination is considered an advanced cognitive ability? When this concept is introduced at an early age, it naturally boosts other areas of development, including literacy.
At Mums n Munchkins, we encourage imagination through song, sound exploration, and movement, but children also experience that opportunity through our read-aloud components.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics cites that reading aloud “directly affects language development, a major factor in school readiness, during the critical period of early brain development.”

Our units are accompanied by stories that take little minds to different places and encourage them to envision, recreate, and even empathize with the characters. The combination of bolstered imagination through music and read-aloud is a double recipe for success!

Why do children need a “music program”?
We know that children thrive on routines and that they actually foster positive overall behavior and performance, whether at home or in the classroom. That’s exactly what a music program, like a weekly Mums n Munchkins class, does!

When kids can anticipate next steps and are genuinely excited about participation they will naturally build on those steady, positive experiences. Consistency in learning methods is key, and with just a little effort, you’ll see them expand all areas of development (like literacy!) in no time.

 

 

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