Did you know that several research studies have shown that music may help children develop important pre-literacy skills? A longitudinal study of school-age children found that those who can tap a regular rhythm were more aware of the sound structure of words (phonological awareness). Other studies have found that children who had regular music instruction performed better on pre-reading assessments than those who did not, and that children who were taught pre-reading skills using music performed better than those taught these skills without music.
One easy way to incorporate music into your child’s life is to sing. Whether you sing a lullaby at nighttime, or the family sings a camp song on a road trip, you will be making fond memories and just possibly helping your child develop important pre-literacy skills.