Music with small children: simple strategies for parents and caregivers

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Music, Rhymes and Fingerplays: Follow the child’s lead; be gentle, especially with infants, and respectful of all. If he doesn’t like bouncing, tickling, clapping or moving limbs, then stop. With infants, begin “wiggle songs” on the toes, and later add the fingers. Eventually, the child will manipulate your fingers! Let children pace the music. Sing higher rather than lower, slower …

Why Music?

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“A village without music is a dead place” —- Nigerian saying I was inspired by all the parents of young children who brought their little ones to the library this morning, eager to expose them to music activities and play. Music is such a natural and powerful connection with children; It exercises the brain. It teaches language. And most importantly, …