As early educators know, music and movement play a vital role in the daily classroom routine. Although it makes every situation more enjoyable, music, used intentionally, brings learning to a classroom setting in many ways.
Music can set the mood in a classroom. It can energize and help children get their wiggles out. It can soothe and slow down the classroom and help children focus.
Music can be used as a cue to reinforce the routine. If a particular song is played or sung on a daily basis at a specific time, children are able to self-regulate, self-correct and independently transition without adult guidance.
Music can also be a great tension-breaker. Silly songs with nonsense words can make the most anxious child begin to relax and enjoy his or her school experience.
Music is a natural form of self-expression. Young learners are beginning to collect strategies to help them individualize and reveal their identity. Music is a great way to help them put feelings they are finding difficult to articulate into words.
When children are exposed to music and are encouraged to make music, their brains and bodies work together, which increases brain development. All music is rhythmic and requires counting, which increases math skills. Specific song and music choices can help form and strengthen relationships and build a sense of community in the classroom.
You don't have to be a musician to use music. Made up songs, handmade instruments and/or singing along to the radio are all great ways to incorporate music on a daily basis.
Try incorporating music into a portion of your day with your young learner. Once you start, you'll wonder how you got along without it!
This blog post is part of a
series celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The WOYC is an annual
celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young
Children to focus public attention on early learning, young children, their
teachers, families and communities.
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