Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Children’s songs for Xmas?

Toddlers and children are natural storytellers, musicians and dancers. Rhyme and rhythm are innate traits that need to be evoked, and the best way to do that is through the use of children’s songs and baby music. So why not use this holiday gift-giving time to provide the important children in your life with the mental advantages that music can offer?

The best baby toys will stimulate the parts of the brain that are related to academic learning, such as reading, language, math and science, as well as emotional development. When a child watches a baby DVD, for example, they become immersed in a simulating sensory environment that helps to expand their senses and increase those essential neural pathways that connect the cells and brain. This significantly boosts their learning capabilities.

Toys that teach children’s songs to infants and toddlers helps them to develop their memory skills through repetition. The earlier you begin your child’s exposure to baby music, the sooner you will stimulate the different patterns of brain development. They will obviously learn how to pronounce words but will also develop other cognitive processes, as they learn to comprehend the meanings of the words, identify the patterns and sequences of rhyming, and understand the connection between the music and its beat.

Another reason why those that involve children’s songs make the best baby toys is more obvious, but has wide-ranging effects: vocabulary. It obviously expands as children to learn to sing along to the music, but it also enhances phonemic learning and reading comprehension. They also learn how tone affects meaning and develop excellent listening skills, which helps them later in life with further academic learning, as well as with social skills—everyone likes a good listener!  When they get to preschool or Kindergarten, they will have the confidence to sing along with the group, and through that experience, will develop important life skills, such as how to relate to others and teamwork.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

The 4 best baby toys

The best baby toys are those that stimulate a child’s imagination and inspires creativity while offering as many learning benefits as possible. In an ideal world, the best toys for infants and toddlers will affect every aspect of their development, including intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth. Below are a few that are recommended by parents  and educators.

  1. Baby music books take children on a journey that entertains them while helping them expand their knowledge, comprehension skills, and of course, moves them down the path to learning to read. When parents read and sing along with their children, it also offers a chance for emotional bonding. Any product that offers so many benefits should definitely be considered some of the best baby toys on the market. 
  2. Children love colorful visuals, which is why baby DVD products are so enticing. Watching an array of programming helps them to expand their language skills while they learn the meaning of various words.
  3. Toys that incorporate baby music are fun for children, yet also help them learn rhythm. This is important because every language has its own rhythm and pattern;  learning simple songs helps children recognize and identify those rhythms. In turn, this helps them develop language elocution and vocal skills. 
  4. When music is included on a baby DVD, the results are incredible. When babies and toddlers hear the sounds and words, they absorb them into their memory. When they move and dance to the music, this helps them develop their coordination and motor skills and gives them confidence, which boosts their social skills. In addition, when they watch the visuals accompanying the music, they’ll associate the words with their meaning and increase their vocabulary. Plus, as they grow and learn to sing along, their memorization abilities will grow exponentially. Get started as soon as possible, as an infant’s brain is primed for growth and development!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What makes the best baby toys

The marketplace is saturated with toys and products for infants and toddlers—with so many to choose from, how can you know which are the best baby toys

While many parents consider play as just a form of entertainment, many others strive to choose toys that promote learning and boost development. Research shows that the first few years of life are when children develop a huge part of their intelligence. Their brains are growing fast and in need of stimulation.

Over the past few decades, research has shown that baby music toys are one the few types of playthings that significantly enhance a child’s intelligence, emotional well-being, social skills and physical development. Those that include children’s songs help them learn to read, develop their language skills and increase their vocabulary.

When a baby’s senses are stimulated, their neural pathways multiply, which ultimately increases their intelligence and boosts their learning capabilities. The more senses that are stimulated, the faster they progress. While it seems like baby music toys would be just for entertainment, the opposite is the case—they stimulate most of their senses and offers social, mental, emotional and physical benefits. For example, when you let them watch baby music DVDs, their sight is stimulated by the visuals, they’re inclined to move to the music, they develop rhythm and expand their vocabulary through the repetition of rhyme.

The early stimulation that music and children’s songs offer will accelerate your baby's development. It can be as easy as popping in a CD or DVD, singing to them, or simply playing music to stimulate their hearing and learning. As they get older and start to dance and sing along, music will help them with language development, learning to read, coordination and fine motor skills.

The best baby toys help your child develop faster—cognitively, physically and creatively. When your child’s arsenal of toys includes music, you can be sure they will reap many benefits.

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