A sense of rhythm in the infant

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World meets the man is not very friendly. Extreme changes in temperature, blinding light, the clank of tools … And finally — oh, joy! — Mom's warm, native voice, familiar sound of my mother's heart. His salvation rhythm brings the baby to the new world, because in that rhythm he had spent the previous nine months of life.

A if a crying mother crumbs will be on hand and walk with him, humming a little song nemudrenyh, it will also help him to calm down and return to the "lost paradise". In the rhythm of his mother's movements baby recalls his natal state when she and her mother were inseparable. Rhythm permeated all of our lives — the rhythmic beating human heart, noisy surf, night follows day, and winter — in the summer. Rhythm organizes time and space, helps a person to anticipate future events.

From harmony to the music rhythm algebra

As we know, the two hemispheres of our brain different functions. The left hemisphere is "responsible" for logical operations, right — for intuitive and aesthetic. The right hemisphere of a person perceives color, music, images, and left — maths, languages, logic. Impressions and fleeting images, which "caught" the right hemisphere, the left are analyzed, lining up in a clear manner and allow to predict certain events.

But where is the rhythm? — You say you are. And despite the fact that the rhythm helps to integrate the work of the two hemispheres. It organizes not only auditory or visual experience, but also develops coordination, helps the child to understand his body.

It happens and rhythmic talent. As a general rule, it appears very early. Natasha's mother, for example, says that her son in infancy loved banging on pots and pans, and not randomly, but in certain sequences — with syncopations, pauses in a rather complex rhythmic patterns. Now this boy is studying at the famous Chopin School class of percussion instruments.

But even if your child does not become a professional dancer or musician (though who knows?), The development of a sense of rhythm to help him move well to music, to coordinate the movement of the body and even the right to breathe evenly. From the sense of rhythm depends articulation, fluency and clarity of speech.

So how do you develop a sense of rhythm?

From birth to 6 months of massage and gymnastics

Now, perhaps, there is no mother who would not have heard about the benefits of massage for infants. Massage is prescribed and in certain diseases, and just for prevention. Of course it's good if it fulfills a professional massage therapist (this is especially true for medical massage), but for the emotional and physical development of the baby is very important to feel the warm touch of her mother's arms. Therefore, even if the crumb is receiving the massage, do not forget easily and rhythmically stroking his body, saying or singing along to the beat of his movements. In Russian folklore, a huge variety of nursery rhymes and pestushek with a clear rhythm.

For example, when the child woke up, sing him a song, accompanying her movements:

"We woke up, we woke up." (Dilute pen in hand, then cross on his chest). "Sweet, sweet pulled." (Raise hands up). "Mom and Dad smiled." (Just for the kid, and the day will come when he will smile in response to you).

On the feet is a lot of reflex points, so it is useful to rub them in different directions — the sole, sides, lifting the foot. This can be done by a song:

"Aw, tariff, tariff, tariff! Buy Masha (Dasha, Light, Valais) Amber! Remain money? Masha earrings." (Rubs the soles)
"Remain mite? For Masha pillows."(Rubs the side of the foot at right). "Will coppers? For Masha shoes. "(Rubs the side of the left foot)."Will groshiki? For Masha spoons. " (Rubs the rise of the foot).

All infants without exception, love dancing in the arms of their parents. Just do not, perhaps, to dance immediately after meals to baby not srygnul. Dance smoothly and rhythmically, making no sudden movements. You can put a child in a baby carrier, and even better — in a sling, sling, so dance is much easier and more enjoyable. Let the music that you dance, will be very different — a gentle waltz or a brisk march, cheerful polka or a thoughtful meditation.

From 6 months to a year

From now on, he longs for a child to participate in the creation of rhythm.

Make sure the kid noise musical instruments that can be used in different ways to extract audio. This may be the notorious pots, bells, rattles, bottles, wooden spoons, plastic cups, tambourine. They can knock, and it can hit the stick, slapping his palm. Note the crumbs that sound every time it turns different. Maybe this is the first tentative raindrops? And now the rain has gone from strength to strength. Thunder! Lightning! And now the rain is getting quieter and quieter. Cap … drip … drip …

Show how to knock the rhythm of the poem or song. Do not rush, blurts text or sung melody as you can clearly otstukivaya rhythm themselves first, and then — handle the baby.

The tools that are always at hand — their own hands and feet. Do not forget about them! In addition to the banal slamming his hands one can More stomping foot in time to the music, banging the table with a pen or on the knees. You can also adjust the intensity: clap with all his strength or his fingers barely touch the surface of the table.


Together with the rhythm and tempo of the music changes. Children usually love to play on a change of pace.

Here, for example, the game "Went pan." Place the child on her knees to face him, and shook up and down, gradually accelerating:

"I was driving a pan, pan went a step-step-step-step, Rode Pan, Pan was riding, trot, trot, trot, trot, rode the pan, the pan was driving, Mach-stroke, stroke, stroke."

Toddlers are fascinating rhythmic motion. If possible, show him the metronome, try to knock together with his "magic hammer." But the clock so there will in any home. Let them hear the ticking of the crumbs, and then play a game of "watch":

"The grandfather clock: tick-tock, tick-tock clock for father:. Tick tock, so-tick, tick-tock, tic-case. And my, my watch:. Tiki-tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, so "

The rhythm gradually speeds: from quarter to sixteenth. Under this song one can clap your hands, shake his head, rattling rhythm to "musical instruments".

Let the rhythm enters into the life of your baby organically and in a variety of ways.

Inessa Smyk

According to the magazine, "My Baby and I"

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