All children can learn if parents create a positive and rich environment for learning. A colorful ball to roll, wonderful music to listen to together and a few favorite story books can provide hours of enjoyment for parents and children and set the stage for early learning. The concept of school (learning) beginning at 5 years of age is very outdated. Current educational research confirms that the first 5 years of life sets the child's path for all learning in the future. It is therefore critical that society recognize and provide the help that parents need.
A single recording that can give a mother and her
unborn child many hours of relaxing enjoyment is called
Suzuki and other researchers have recommended the following to parents:
ADVANTAGES OF EARLY LISTENING
"We may have delayed music learning
much too long, that readiness is vastly misunderstood, and that new evidence
now being gathered may radically modify our concepts of music learning
in the young child. Within a decade it may be possible to report research
findings that will change our approach to the study of musical learning
behaviour as dramatically as those E. Thayer Gaston and his colleagues
reported more that four decades ago. Lifelong music experience may begin
as early as life itself”
"Studies have proven that music
played to your unborn child helps to
THE FETUS CAN HEAR
"The fetus can see, hear, experience,
taste and, on a primitive level, even learn in utero. Most importantly,
he can feel – not with an adult’s sophistication, but feel
THE BENEFITS OF EARLY LISTENING
"Musical elements participate
in the process of communicative development very early, in fact, recent
research has suggested that they pave the way to linguistic capacities
earlier than phonetic elements can do so.”
ORGANIZED AND ARTICULATE SPEECH.
“One of the findings ---- is the early
development of highly organized and remarkably articulate speech of the
those children who have been exposed to prenatal music stimulation”
The importance of listening cannot be overstated.
The first task of an infant who hears many sounds in the environment is
to separate those that are meaningful and those that can be "overlooked".
Repetition and consistent outcomes/rewards associated with each sound
are vital to the early establishment of careful listening. The child who
is born"knowing the parents' voices" has a head start.