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Study: Moving to music could be key to school readiness for kids

Toddlers dance during a Baby Bounce Basics program at a mall library in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Toddlers dance during a Baby Bounce Basics program at a mall library in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Associated Press)

Marching, dancing and tapping to the beat. It looks like fun, but a new study from Queensland University of Technology in Australia shows it's also helping young kids prepare for school.

From apps to games to books -- there are a lot of resources to help kids get ready for elementary school.

But the study from Australia shows movement to music might be an inexpensive and effective way to improve school readiness. 

Researchers looked at 113 preschool-aged children from three low-income communities.

Some of the kids were exposed to a music intervention program that focused on rhythm and movement. The sessions lasted 30 minutes, twice a week for eight weeks.

Results showed the kids who participated in the intervention had improved emotional regulation, which means they were better able to control their emotions.

Experts say this type of self-regulation is an important predictor for school readiness and achievement.

Previous studies have shown students who engage in music programs outperform their peers when it comes to grades, graduation rates, attendance, behavior and test scores.

The bottom line? Music may give kids the head start they need to not miss a beat. 

Reading to your child is another proven way to better prepare them for school. Experts recommend that you read to preschool children at least three times a week.