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Music and Child Care

Music is an important part of the child care curriculum. Young children love sound. Music activities and experiences help children practice important skills, including thinking, language, and motor coordination and understanding emotions. Songs with motions help children practice fine-motor coordination. Singing songs is a powerful way for young children to practice language.

When children sing, they practice pronouncing words and putting together sentences. Listening to music can help children learn about emotions. Music can also be soothing

and comforting. Music is a powerful tool that helps children learns new thinking skills. When children play with musical instruments, they explore cause and effect. Music and singing can help children follow the routine of the child care program. Clean-up songs alert children that it’s time to put away their toys and move to another activity. Providers can use songs to signal a transition from one activity to another.

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