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Hand Clapping Songs and Rhymes Help Develop Important Skills

A researcher at Ben-Gurion University in Israel has discovered that performing hand-clapping rhymes and songs helps children develop improved writing, spelling, and cognitive abilities, among other results. We know that clapping out syllables helps very young children develop phonological awareness. This study, however, looked at children in first, second and third grades, so it seems continuing this simple activity beyond kindergarten produces even more benefits.
 
Read about the study here. The article taught me a new word: dyscalculia.