Archive for November, 2013

Jingle Bells with The GiggleBellies!

November 27th, 2013

AHOOGA! We have created this “Jingle Bells” holiday video and it’s our way of saying “Thank You” to all those who support and encourage us every day. If you enjoy what we have created, let us know by sharing it and passing it along to your friends and family.

Also, if you haven’t signed up for our latest Facebook giveaway, please be sure to visit the following link–The GiggleBellies Facebook Giveaway–and register for your chance to win the Ultimate Pack: our multi-award winning DVD series plus our lovable Peanut Plush Toy! (**now ended)

How Music Helps Children Develop Language Skills

November 26th, 2013

Music is both powerful and important in the lives of our children. Infants’ eyes light up when their parents first sing to them. Toddlers dance, laugh, clap and eventually sing along to their favorite tunes. These reasons alone are enough to motivate us to surround our children with music.

Baby's Eyes a Window to their SoulImage courtesy of Raphael Goetter

Early childhood development experts tell us that not only does music inspire our children, but also, it helps them learn and develop. Music is said to develop a child’s math skills, social skills and reasoning skills. Interestingly, music may also play a significant role in the development of a child’s language and literacy skills.

If you are hoping your child will become a great communicator, check out some of the research that suggests music may help your child become just that.

Expressive brown-eyed baby.Image courtesy of Vinoth Chandar

Some Hard Research

Studies that have been performed on the subject of music, language and literacy are numerous, and most of them are mind-boggling in their technicality and impressive in their results. Take a look at just a few of them.

A study in Germany has shown a link between the brain’s ability to process musical syntax (arrangements of musical sounds) and language syntax (arrangements of words). Perhaps because mistakes or irregularities in both musical and linguistic syntax are processed in the same region of the brain, musical training seems to improve a child’s ability to identify mistakes in how sentences are put together.

Image courtesy of Eduardo Merille

Musical training has been found to help kindergarten-age children learn to break words into their individual sounds – a key literacy skill. One study found that children who received four months of literacy training scored higher on early childhood literacy tests, perhaps because reading musical notations and associating them with different sounds is similar to reading letters or words and associating them with different sounds.

A neuroscientist from Northwestern University found through extensive study that children with musical training are better able to process auditory speech sounds. Dr. Nina Kraus, whose research team performed the study, suggested that music may be an effective language teaching tool for autistic and dyslexic children.

In 2008, Dr. Jonathan Bolduc compiled a literature review of many studies examining childhood literacy and its relationship to music education. These studies have found that musical training can help children between the ages of four and six years old learn to read and write.

Making the Connection

If music is truly such a powerful tool in helping children learn to speak, read and write, what should parents be doing to best utilize this tool?

Sing to your child. From an early age, singing to a child (even an infant) can help engage the child’s interest and cultivate language skills. If something so simple can have such an important effect, why not spend a few minutes a day on it?

Mom and baby time.Image courtesy of US Army

Sing with your child. Children love music. Give them a chance to participate by singing simple songs with them as soon as they’re able to form their first words. Make it fun and engaging by adding motions, dances and facial expressions.

Play music for your child. Expose your children to a variety of different musical genres. It doesn’t all need to be Mozart; although, a little Mozart certainly won’t hurt. Make sure children are listening to music that reaches them at their level.

Consider giving your child musical instruction. As we’ve seen, the evidence supporting the ability of musical training to help children cultivate language skills is abundant. Encourage your child to learn an instrument at a young age. Even a four-year-old can learn the basics.

Congrats to our “Wheels On The Bus Giveaway” winners!!

November 24th, 2013

CONGRATS to our lucky fan Christina Hove who have each won our multi award-sinning DVD series Triple Pack!! Ahooga!! Here are our lucky winners: -Bernice Hand -Giorgio Anici Camilleri -Cheryl Ott The winners have been notified via email (winners- please check your spam/junk folders for the email). Thanks again to everyone who has entered and stay tuned for more giveaways!

Another Facebook Giveaway! **Now ended

November 19th, 2013

AHOOGA GB FANS!!! It’s time for another Facebook giveaway!! WOOHOO!! We are giving away an Ultimate Pack (The Peanut Plush Toy plus all 3 of our DVDs) to one lucky fan! Become a Facebook fan for your chance to enter. The winner will be announced December 4th and we wish you the best of luck!!
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Ultimate Givaway

 

One (1) winner will be chosen at random. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to 3D Magic Factory and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for communications regarding this promotion. We will never sell or trade your email address with third parties. No guarantees the prize will be delivered in time for the holidays. 1. Entry to the competitions is restricted to one entry per person, but receive an additional 10 entries by referring a friend. 2. Competitions are open to anyone 18 years or older, to anywhere in the world unless otherwise stated 3. Prizes can only be sent to a valid shipping address unless otherwise stated. 4. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable international, federal, state, and local laws and taxes. 5. Promotional period begins at 6:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST) on November 19, 2013, and ends on 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST) December 03, 2013. Please see full giveaway rules by clicking on “View Official Rules” below.

Congrats to our “Twinkle Little Star Giveaway” winner!!

November 4th, 2013

CONGRATS to our lucky fan Santina Huerta who has won some GiggleBellie Twinkle Little Star themed merchandise!! Ahooga!! Santina gets:

-“Twinkle Little Star” 18″x18″ poster
-“Twinkle Little Star” 10″ dinner plate
-“Twinkle Little Star” 6 sheets of 3″ stickers.

The winner has been notified via email (winner- please check your spam/junk folders for the email). Thanks again to everyone who has entered and stay tuned for more giveaways!