ABC Music & Me – a school readiness program for young children

ABC Music & Me helps develop pre-literacy and language skills through a child’s most-loved rituals: music and story time.  The ABC Music & Me curricula have been rigorously researched and designed to ensure a rich, arts-integrated approach to school readiness.  Small-group classes (with or without parents present) create a musical learning environment in the childcare or playgroup setting that is active, engaging and developmentally appropriate.

Perhaps you are wondering?

How can music prepare my child for Prep?

At ages 2-4, many children are learning to “tune out” much of the visual, auditory and physical stimuli they encounter.  Positive experiences with music teach children to “tune-in” and encourage them to discriminate, focus and use their attention to stay on task.  They will hear, learn, observe, and wonder even in a larger group or school environment.

Why is music such a great teaching tool?

Your child’s entire brain is engaged when listening to music and participating in music and movement activities.  Music stimulates the pathways linked to all fields of learning.

Can my child benefit from group music classes?

Absolutely!  Through group music experiences, your child is not only developing valuable musical skills, motor skills & cognitive skills, he is also developing vital social skills such as focused listening, sharing, turn-taking and inhibitory control that will make the transition to school life easier for him.

A recent study conducted to assess whether structured group music activities have an effect, either positive or negative, on toddlers between 12 and 24 months old, found that:  “…participation in four to seven music sessions significantly increased higher level developmental skills. Significantly more children in the music group demonstrated higher level music and cognitive skills than did those in the control group.”*

What can I do to ensure my child fully benefits from ABC Music & Me?

Consistent attendance advances your child’s learning.  With each successive month of involvement, she will become more comfortable with the ABC Music & Me environment and will therefore open up to allow higher levels of learning.

Contact Verna to find out more about introducing  ABC Music & Me to your childcare centre, family day care or playgroup.

* “Effects of Parent/Child Group Music Activities on Toddler Development: A Pilot Study”, Jayne M Standley; Darcy Walworth; Judy Nguyen, Music Therapy Perpsectives; 2009; 27, 1; ProQuest Direct Complete p.11

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