12 Amazing Things Scientists Discovered This Year About People Who Listen to Music

Here’s an incredibly interesting article taken from the web.

Number 2: Rhythmic ability has been linked to language learning.

One of the first skills that children need to acquire when learning to read and speak is how to pick up on the rhythms of speech. They gain this ability to detect rhythms and define boundaries between words and syllables long before they can actually speak. So having a good sense of rhythm is very important to learning language. This year, we discovered just how important it really is.

Developmental psychologists at Northwestern University found that testing children for this rhythmic ability is a good way to detect potential language-based disabilities that may hit children later in life. Those that can hold an even drum beat score also higher on early language tests. The study’s authors suggest that parents and educators use rhythmic tests to try to identify and address any possible linguistic deficiencies while children’s brains are still young and malleable.

Read the full article here.


Fun Kids Songs Review

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“Get the Fun Kids songs and English CDs today! I’m proud of these guys. Good for all Pre-school and Elementary school aged kids who enjoy singing and dancing in English. Check out the video! Check out the other free materials. Ya can’t go wrong here. Ever since I was introduced to the music a few years ago…all other music is secondary. Kids let me know what works when they sway their heads or sing out loud…within the 2nd time listening to a track.”

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New Video: Free Song & Flashcards Download!

To celebrate the release of our first video, ‘It’s A Big Bus‘, in our Fun Kids Songs video series, we’re giving away the song and the flashcards for the video, downloadable on our website. Now you have everything you need to use this song in the classroom!

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Why Kids Should Be Allowed to Act Out (Scenes) In Class

Physically acting out a written text—as an actor would walk himself through the gestures and emotions of a soliloquy during rehearsal—is an effective way to commit that text to memory. For adults, this process of enactment imbues abstract words with concrete meaning, fixing them more firmly in our minds.
For children, acting out words on the page can also yield benefits. Especially for beginning readers, physically moving objects or one’s own body can provide a crucial bridge between real-life people, things, and actions, and the printed words meant to represent them. Fluent readers take this correspondence for granted, but many children find it difficult to grasp.
In everyday life, after all, the words “dog” or “cup” are usually encountered when there’s an actual dog or cup around. But inside the pages of a book, words must be understood in the absence of such real-world “referents.” The research of Arthur Glenberg, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University, has demonstrated that when children are given the opportunity to act out a written text, their reading comprehension can actually double.