Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Motor and Cognitive Skills

Remember those hand-clapping songs you played on the playground? Well, they show up at just the right time in a child's development in emotional, sociological, physiological and cognitive areas. Here's a cute one I remember doing in about 3rd grade.



http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/04/28/ben.gurion.u.research.confirms.hand.clapping.songs.improve.motor.and.cognitive.skills?=

Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Motor and Cognitive Skills
A university in Israel conducted studies of hand-clapping songs which revealed a link between those activities and cognitive skills development in children, young adults, and university students. Practicing motor skills while singing and staying on beat helps develop auditory processing, visual processing, and attention. Children—particularly those in first through third grade—who participated had neater handwriting, better writing skills, and made fewer spelling errors, too! One researcher stated, "There's no doubt such activities train the brain and influence development in other areas." Even adults benefit by becoming more focused and less stressed. Who knew the songs weren't just for fun? Read the article in the link above for more!
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