Music & your Child
Most children love music, whether it's singing nursery rhymes complete with actions (of course), having a little dance or even listening to something more soothing before they go to sleep.
My Mum loves to tell people about how I would make up my own songs when I was little (well perhaps 'songs' is pushing it) they were more like stories which I'd sing to myself - e.g.:
"Once there was a little girl, She was called Lucy, She went to the park, And went on the swings, And had a cheese sandwich..."
I'm certain that they weren't necessarily particularly tuneful, and I probably never sang the same song twice. I don't have much recollection of doing it as I was too young really, but apparently I'd keep myself amused for hours. So, suffice to say, music has always been really important to me - perhaps even before I can actually remember!
I was therefore chuffed to stumble across an article online wherein the author (sadly uncredited) highlights the importance of music in a child's development:
"Music contributes to what experts call "a rich sensory environment." This simply means exposing kids to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds