The Importance of Repetition for Early Childhood Development
The more something is repeated the more likely children are to remember it! Babies and toddlers love, love, love repetition. Have you noticed with your little one when they hear a new sound or a new word that they themselves repeat it many many times!! Once your child has learned something, they’ll enjoy repetition because they can anticipate what comes next. Repeating words, actions and songs stimulates early childhood learning as it encourages language acquisition and benefits memory.
The fundamental part of the Mini Musos music programme is REPETITION. Each term I create a set programme for the children to repeat, remember and learn weekly within that term. It enables them to follow a set routine, learn new words and action and gives them CONFIDENCE in themselves, as the term progresses, to perform the activities and songs in a social setting. Repetition allows them to feel comfortable, SECURE and at ease in the class, thus the foundations for learning are in place.
Each term, every age group 6-18mths, 18-36mths & 3-5yrs, have a set programme that will be repeated over a specific period of time, generally 6-8 weeks. For the 1st week the children in the group LISTEN attentively (most of the time!!) and watch patiently as I introduce them to the new songs. A few very social children will get up and join in, however the majority will sit, watch and listen. We repeat each new song 3 times in the first 2 weeks to ensure optimum understanding and memorisation. Halfway through the term, generally by week 3 & 4, the children start to copy and perform in front of their peers. They are slowly gaining confidence and want to show everyone they know what’s coming next, that they can perform the actions with confidence and ease as well as sing the words. It truly is so rewarding to watch. As each child comes out of themselves they encourage their peers to do the same. This creates an environment conducive to learning where everyone is comfortable within themselves and in a group setting.
Having worked closely with children in a musical environment I see first-hand how music ignites all areas of child development:
- SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
- FINE & GROSS MOTOR
Music is an amazing tool to encourage harmony and natural flow as the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them with their comprehension skills as they learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills, move to a steady beat whilst also allowing them to practice self-expression. Music helps strengthen memory skills, and all this is done through repetition.
This video was taken in an 18-36mth class, midway through a term, 4 weeks into learning a sequence of action,marching our feet to the heartbeat of the song and then adding another dimension – claves- to the mix and concentrating on tapping the claves with our hands while marching…This little 19mth old has slowly over the term gained confidence in themselves to perform this song so confidently as a result of repetition. Isn’t he amazing!! 19mth old marching to a steady beat
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