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A big, warm, musical hello from The Learning Station! We are proud to be a part of the Kimbo Educational Family that is devoted to the best in quality educational children's music: music that is nutrition for a child's heart, body, and mind; songs that invite active participation, develop balance, locomotor skills, physical strength and coordination. These inviting tunes also teach listening skills, academics, following directions and help build a child's healthy self-image.

 

Recently, early childhood specialists have found that music can be the key that builds phonemic awareness, academic readiness, math and language literacy. Phonemic awareness involves the ability to rhyme, break words into syllables and syllables into phonemes (sounds), blend syllables and phonemes (sounds), blend syllables and phonemes into words.  It is an essential skill for early reading, spelling and development.

Here are some musical tips that we enjoy sharing.  Some are from The Learning Station and many we've collected from educators, librarians, and parents nationwide. If you would like to add to our list that would be super!! We would love to hear new ideas. Please email us at TheLearningStation@cfl.rr.com. We will share your ideas in our presentations and put them on our website.

  • Children don't care how well you sing as long as you are enthusiastic!
  • Life is a song, so sing it!
  • Your voice is a musical instrument, so use it!
  • Your body is a rhythm instrument, so play it!
  • Flex your creativity. The more you try to be creative, the more creative you will be.
  • Start off the morning by warming up your voices, bodies, and imagination. I enjoy sharing some classic children's tunes. All-Time Children's Favorites and Where is Thumbkin contain a great collection of familiar songs that have been sung for generations. Parents in my classes feel comfortable joining in because they know the tunes.
  • Have you got the rainy day blues? Then it's time for indoor music and movement. This is a great way to release all that built up energy...even if you have limited space. Physical Ed is my personal favorite because it begins with a stretching song and gradually increases the energy level. Then it is nice to conclude with some rest music. Play to rest offers relaxing songs to wind down, or another one of my favorites is classical music.
  • Bean bag activities are our favorites. A child and a bean bag make a great team. If you don't have bean bags you can use a small stuffed toy or rolled up sock. They teach tactile awareness and so much more! Me and My Bean Bag will have everyone dancing to a Mexican beat, juggling, learning body parts, exercising, balancing, doing a reggae romp and much more.
  • It's fun to exaggerate and get ultra-silly. Animal sounds instead of singing words to a song is always an experience. Or get started with Kimbo's new (Laugh 'N Learn) Silly Song release. It is chock full of tunes that will have you laughing, dancing, and moving.
  • Music is an awesome transitional tool. Repeat the same song everyday, and you will be amazed how quickly the children will learn the pattern. For example, The Marching Song from All-Time Children's Favorites is great for directing children to line-up and encourage them to walk safely. Also you can use familiar melodies and change the words to fit what you are doing. For example, "It's time to clean-up, time to clean up..." to the tune of Are You Sleeping?.
  • Children love to hear their names sung. What a wonderful way to praise a child. Try this to the tune of Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?. "I see Bobby, I see Bobby, he's cleaning the blocks (walking safe, being a good listener, etc.). I'm so proud of Bobby. I am very proud of Bobby for cleaning the blocks, cleaning the blocks."
  • Create your own original silly characters (using disguises or puppets) that denote a certain daily routine, such as Cathy the Clean-up Clown.
  • Develop motor skills and learn body parts using familiar songs, such as: The Hokey Pokey; Here We Go Loopty Loo; Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes; or any other adaptable songs you know.
  • Use familiar melodies and change the words to fit what you are doing. For example. "The children in the line go up and down..." to the People On the Bus.

Music is very influential. Use it to your advantage to create a conducive environment.



Teaching with Songs in Your Heart

By Laurie Monopoli, The Learning Station

Music and movement activities offers children much more than simply a song and dance. And, you may be surprised to find out exactly how much more.

How did you learn your ABC's? Very likely, the traditional ABC's song was part of your experience. This classic tune had been sung for generations and is still a hit in preschools nationwide. Over the years, children's music has proven its weight on gold, crossing boundaries to become an essential part of our children's entire learning process.

We already know music had many values in the classroom. Music is a great tool for introducing and teaching basic skills, academics, even to reinforce classroom management. Music opens up a world of culture, creative expression, and is beneficial for physical development. It can create a learning environment that is hands-on, inviting and motivating. Because of the vast selections of songs and activities, music offers educators endless new ideas to spice up their daily curriculum.

What you may not know is that music and movement activities offer much more than simply a song and dance. Educators and parents may be pleased to find out that when their children are singing and dancing, they are also developing important processes in both their left and right brain. Most importantly, these developments can be beneficial to their children's educational future and can have notable positive effects on their entire life-time of learning.

Simply Speaking, Here Is What Is Going On...

Curriculum integration of the following provides for differences in children's learning styles and the development process of both left brain (symbolic thought, logic, and analytical tasks) and right brain (images, analogies, auditory perception, and spacial relationships).

Musical Activities and Thinking Games...

Allow children to create new uses for materials, personal interpretation, stimulating their creative process.

Musical Dramatic Play...

Invites children to freely express themselves and apply their ideas and imagination in their play.

Creative Movement...

Encourages children to make independent interpretations of abstract ideas as physical movement.

Interactive Songs and Music...

Aid children in memory and recall, leading to a better rentention of concepts and basic skills, through the use of words, rhymes, and tempos.

When we incorporate these activities into daily routines, it is like exercise for a child's brain. These exercises will help develop the beginning foundation necessary for children to comprehend reading, science, and math skills. Music and movement activities award children a basis for advanced intellectual and cognitive tasks - leading to less frustration, better comprehension, and academic success.

This may sound a bit technical. The bottom line is..keep on singing and moving! Enjoy all the wonderful developments that musical activities have to offer. Personally, I share music and movement for another very significant reason - it is lots and lots of FUN! I guess that just proves the old adage that there is a child inside all of us.

Keep on singing and moving...to stimulate creative thinking, to encourage expression and imagination, to stimulate individual interpretation of abstract ideas, and to aid in memory and recall. Remember to always keep a song in your heart!

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Previous Tips

•  A Case for Laughing Giggling and Having Fun 
   Activity Tips (11/05) - Pam Schiller, Ph.D.

•  Connecting Music and Literacy
   Activity Tips (8/05) - Pam Schiller, Ph.D.

•  The Learning Station: Teaching with Songs in Your Heart
   Activity Tips (7/04) - Laurie Monopoli

•  Bean Bag
   Activity Tips (3/04) - Christina Chapman

•  Activities to Integrate Music and Language Arts
   Activity Tips (8/03) - Cindy H. Clark, MMed, MT-BC


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