Music Matters

I love ending each week of LEAP with our super fun LEAP song (all the writing credit goes to Stacey!) because it's a great way to wrap up the class in a predictable and fun way for the kids. They know that the song is coming, and as they learn the song better and better each week, they get excited to join in with the group and sing along. 

Not only are sing along songs fun for toddlers, but they are also important tools for early childhood development. Singing with rhymes, rhythms and steady beats helps kids to recognize patterns and sequences and to lay foundations for early literacy. Music helps develop listening skills as well, from understanding similarities and differences in the sounds of letters and words to identifying sounds in their environments. Music also has a range of other well-being benefits, which often extend to older kids and adults as well, from calming and focusing the mind to inspiring creativity and socialization. Gari Stein's book 'The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships through Music, Play, Books and Art' is a great resource for additional information, and you can find an excerpt from the book discussing the benefits of music here

So continue to join in during the LEAP song at the end of class, and keep on singing outside of class with the help of the lyrics below! 

LEAP Goodbye Song (to the tune of The Ants go Marching)

Goodbye my friends,

It was so fun

At LEAP, At LEAP

Goodbye my friends,

It was so fun

At LEAP, At LEAP

We made great art,

We’re getting smart

We picked up rocks,

We played in a box,

It was so fun at LEAP at the Zoo