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Early Exposure to Music Increase’s Children’s Brain Development

Research shows that music helps build children’s self-confidence, enhances complex reasoning and focuses listening skills. Early music instruction produces cognitive benefits in the area of spatial-temporal reasoning.

Studies have shown that young children who have developed rhythm skills perform better academically in their early school years. Children who take music lessons have better verbal memory skills than others and may find it easier to learn in school.

Children seem to be naturally drawn to music right from the start. Fostering this inborn love of music can begin as early as infancy. Parental involvement is an important factor in early music training and can greatly improve the experience.

Early childhood music programs such as Kindermusik focus on fostering a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression. Early musical experiences can help children develop their singing voice, build steady beat competency, develop listening skills, and give expression to their feelings. These valuable skills will benefit children when they begin formal music lessons.

So when should children begin piano lessons?

Around the ages of 7 or 8 years children typically begin piano lessons. By this age children are more ready to sit still and concentrate and their hands are big enough to reach the keys. By age 8 children usually have developed the ability to do abstract reasoning which is needed for staff note reading.

Children will learn much more than just music in playing the piano. They will achieve valuable skills such as self-discipline, mental concentration, a sense of timing, the ability to hold up under stress, memory skills and many others that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Give your child the gift that lasts a lifetime…..Music!

Article submitted by:

Denise Revo

Denise Revo Music Studio offering Kindermusik and Piano

Lees Summit, MO


Schlitterbahn KC is a Hit with Mom and Kids!

Hello KC Families!

Made my first trip to Schlitterbahn yesterday. Haven’t have a day off where I haven’t worked at all in many weeks, feeling so incredibly guilty that the kids are out of school and other than a couple of camps we haven’t done any “family” trips, sooooo off to Schlitterbahn we went! It was one of the first sunny days with absolutely no rain we’ve had in quite a while and it was actually a ton of fun. They had something for all ages (kiddos are 10-16), we all enjoyed and everyone was comfortable. The best part – from my “mom point of view” – was FREE parking AND we could bring in all of our own drinks, lunch and snacks! (are you listening WOF???) We pulled our cooler in and enjoyed our favorites (and the Price Copper cost instead of the usual $9 burger price at most amusement parks). The lazy river is always my favorite at this type of place but according to the kids there were enough whitewater slides to thrill each age. There appears to be a lot more construction to come as they grow and add attractions. Looking forward to seeing what else they have coming, but for the moment it was well worth the trip. Check it out and be sure to use the coupon we have in our current issue right now, you can even print it out from our digital iFamilyKC book online. If you go, let us know what you thought. We love to hear what you think!

Check out www.Schlitterbahn.com


Why Getting Messy is GOOD!

(Family Features) Playing outside and getting messy may just seem like fun to kids, but playtime actually has an important role in child development.

Research shows that various types of play and parental interaction are vital to the healthy development of children.

Play expands kids’ minds and neurological development. Self-initiated play improves skills such as problem solving and interpreting and is important to brain development and learning.
Play boosts children’s creativity and imagination. Play gives children the chance to invent, build, expand, explore and develop a whole different part of the brain.
Play stretches our children’s attention spans. Playing outdoors just 30 minutes a day increases child’s ability to focus and pay attention.
Play boosts self-confidence and self-regulation. Kids learn to become masters of their own destiny without an adult directing, pushing, managing or scheduling
Play helps kids learn to enjoy just being in their own company, entertaining themselves and developing identity. Ease that guilt when your kid says, “I’m bored, Mom!” and wants to be amused by you.
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