Do your foster kids tell you that they can’t study without music? There may be some truth in those claims. Here are a few facts to keep in mind if you’re trying to decide what to do about this common situation.
Many studies have looked at how music affects performance with various activities. The results have been mixed but mostly positive. When it comes to your foster kids and their school work, these guidelines may help:
Boost your mood.
One major benefit of playing music is the effect it has on our emotions. There is overwhelming evidence that it can reduce stress and make us feel happier. For students, it may also help with test anxiety. These effects are especially important now when your foster family is dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
On the other hand, music can be a distraction. At least one study has shown that music with words can make it more difficult to memorize information in sequence. To minimize the risk of distraction, you may want to ask your foster child to choose instrumental songs, and maybe something with a slow pace and soft volume.
Test it out.
What about that Mozart effect you may have heard about? Further research failed to support the theory that The Magic Flute had special powers when it came to strengthening math skills. However, any music that your foster kids like may be worth trying out. Even better, maybe you can find something your whole foster care family can enjoy so you can work side by side. Most kids will be able to study with some kind of music playing. If it does become distracting, let them listen to music at other times of the day, so they’ll still have a safe way to relax.
Contact us at TFI Texas to learn more about the support we provide for foster parents. As a partner with the Texas Department of Human Services, Department of Family and Protective Services, we are devoted to the strength of family.