Using music as pre-school prep

Published: Aug. 11, 2017 at 12:26 PM EDT
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Hopping, skipping and running are simply fun activities for toddlers, and when you add music and organized movement to that mix, you could be working toward pre-school success.

Music Together is a long-running music and movement program taught in 2,000 communities. Researchers found that organized music and movement classes for 3 and 4-year-olds may be related to the ability to control their impulses.

"The hypothesis was that giving children lots of exercise doing this, lots of practice doing these kinds of games with music and movement gives them exercises of the self-regulatory system just like any other muscle in our body," said Dr. Adam Winsler, Developmental Psychologist at George Mason University.

Children who took music and movement classes were better at delaying gratification, lowering their voices and paying attention. Parents can look for opportunities outside of class to sing and move. Just putting on music and learning a few dance moves is beneficial.