What do 1st U.S. President George Washington, singer Elvis Presley, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comedian Sinbad, and singer Katy Perry have in common? Answer: As children, they all were raised and influenced by the church and gospel music, then later in life influenced our society.
In the below YouTube video, these children singing are not only learning music, also reading, stage confidence, public speaking, and teamwork. Music greatly has a positive effect on early childhood development.
I had the fortunate opportunity to serve on the University of Hawaii’s Presidential and Regent’s Scholarship selection committee for four years. Hawaii’s brightest students competed for the most generous scholarships the University system offered; its objective was to keep Hawaii best students in Hawaii. One common tread stood out among the gifted winning applicants, they all had music training.
As parents, singing with your children or having them participant in music programs can influence their success. Enjoy the video !2 Days of Christmas – Jesus Style – Messiah. Lyrics to this song is available on YouTube, click “show more”, additional information is available.
Amy and I would like to say thank you very much to Miss Emily, Mrs. Pacheco, Mrs. Newcomb, and Mrs. Niimi for teaching our children to sing at the Kaumana Baptist Church – Keiki Land Preschool Program, in Hilo Hawaii.
Happy Holidays, Joy and Peace to Everyone.
Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indian, parents are teaching their children to speak English to compete in this new global economy. How about American children learning other languages to compete in the new global economy? Through digital technology and better communications, the world keeps getting smaller, and knowing other languages will continue to be an important skill to have. Teaching children other languages can prepare your child’s job success as well a help develop an appreciation for international arts and sciences.
A new language “Koro” is being spoken to six months old infants. This new language has opened the doors for researches to understand language development. It’s fascinating to understand how children from a very early age can acquire language.
“At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.”
As parents we can help our children acquire new language before the age of seven by exposing them to different opportunities such as:
- Having family and friends who speak other languages talk to them in the other language.
- Enrolling children in foreign language school before the age of seven, see chart below.
- Watching safe and age appropriate cartoons in a different language.
- Encouraging multi-lingual communications at home.
- Encouraging a baby sitter to speak in another language.
- Allowing grandparents to speak to children in another language.
Where our heart is so will be our treasures. We seek treasure is where moths and rust cannot take away, our treasure is eternal,our treasures are our families and children. We love our spouce and children willing to sacrifice for them. God give us the wisdom to love, teach, nurture, and discipline our children. We hope our children will joyfully obey and be a good follower, willing to listen and follow parents.