Q : My kid’s playgroup teacher says that singing is really helpful for his development. Why?
A : Your child has a great teacher! Most people think singing is just a fun hobby, but your teacher is one step ahead. He is more focused on the importance of singing and its impact on the early development of children, particularly on their literacy skills. Singing is one of the best ways to develop all-around skills for children, and it is also important when learning to read.
You can understand it like this. You may be familiar with phonics, one of the most basic English skills. Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness, such as "b" in "bat". In English, there may be multiple sounds associated with certain letters. For example, the letter “C” is associated with at least three sounds: (1) The "c" sound in "Cat" is called a "hard" sound; (2) the "c" sound in “Circle” is called a "soft" sound and (3) there is also the “Ch” sound in the word "Cheese".
If the child has never learned pronunciation before in kindergarten or first-grade, s/he may be a lot slower or might have speech difficulties compared to other students. S/he will simply just hear sounds, rather than interpret them as texts.
Singing can be of great help for children when they are learning to read. When children are learning to sing a song, they do not need to study. Singing a song over and over again can help them consciously recognize different sounds. Because songs are full of rhythm, different sounds, and alliterations, they are actually subconsciously learning the relationships between the letters and the respective sounds of the spoken language.
Therefore, the conclusion is: SING! Teach your child traditional children's songs, their favourite rock, pop or cartoon theme songs, or you may even compose a song for them. You will instill your child a life-long love for learning and give them a good foundation for their literacy skills.
Q : 我的子女的學習小組老師說唱歌對孩子十分重要。為什麼呢?
A : 你的子女有個非常好的導師！有很多人一直只視唱歌為小朋友享受而好玩有趣的玩意。但這個老師卻可想多一步，他專注於兒童早期發展的方面，並且沒有像其他人一樣忽略了唱歌對讀寫能力的重要性。唱歌是小朋友全能發展的最佳方式之一，而且對於學習閱讀也至關重要。