REPETITION IS THE KEY!
Every parent looks forward to hearing that first word. That first sentence. That first endearing conversation. And now exciting new research gives insight into the kind of parent-baby verbal interaction that can best spur that language development on so that by the time the baby becomes a toddler, he/she actually has a larger vocabulary. It’s not just talking more; it’s repetition that’s the key.
Parents who repeat words more often to their infants have children with better language skills a year and a half later,” said co-author Rochelle Newman, professor and chair of UMD’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP). “A lot of recent focus has been on simply talking more to your child — but how you talk to your child matters. It isn’t just about the number of words.
Repetition has always been a cornerstone of Kindermusik’s approach to music and learning. Songs and rhymes are repeated from week to week in class, not only because the children love them, but because repetition strengthens the brain, according to Dr. Jane Healy, educational psychologist and learning specialist. Now researchers are also demonstrating just how much repetition strengthens language skills too!
The songs and rhymes used in Kindermusik classes have also been deliberately chosen because of the way that certain words and certain phrases within a particular song or rhyme are repeated.
Our Kindermusik story time in every class also helps language skills be strengthened through repetition as the same book is usually repeated for at least two lessons. The books in our Kindermusik library are also chosen with care, tying in to the unit theme but more importantly, reinforcing those budding language skills right from the start.
The most effective repetition in Kindermusik comes as parents bring activities home, engaging their children through the week by repeating the songs and activities throughout the week.
Bottom line? Kindermusik makes repetition FUN for kids, and EASY for parents – in class, at home, and on the go.