Do you currently feel that musical activities in your early years setting are non-existent or lack creativity?
What are your current musical activities?
- Singing a few songs;
- Learn songs for an end of term concert
- Putting a CD on and letting the children listen…
If you feel this is what you are currently doing, don’t beat yourself up! You can make some simple changes and give the children a wonderful and fully rounded experience in your setting.
1. Have a sort out.
We are only human after all!
I have made mistakes in front of the children before and I’m sure I will continue to do so. Whether it be getting the words and tune wrong, strumming the wrong chord on my guitar… I will correct myself or let the children know that I didn’t quite get it right. Mostly they just accept it and we carry on but sometimes they find it funny or sometimes even look at me with wonder! All is fine. I’m sure you know that as an educational professional, children need to k…
My aim with ‘Music in the Early Years’ is to bring music to as many under 5s as possible.
How can I do this?
By supporting early years practitioners whether that be through knowledge, ideas or mindset.
I was reading an article this week that was talking about how, many adults have a negative mindset about their musical abilities and the impact this has on children. Is this you? I don’t want you to feel bad about yourself actually I want you to feel the opposite! But ask yourself,
I have taken timeout to learn something new, poetry!
Not for my own pleasure but to help my son revise the 15 poems he needs to know inside out for his English Literature exam.
There’s plenty that I could be doing within my business but my son needs my help so I’ve taken on the challenge to learn about these 15 poems; this is not easy for me as I find studying English tricky! So that I can help with the revision I’ve needed to learn new words, e.g. enjambment and juxtaposition, and understand…
Even great activities can go wrong!
The topic that I’m following this term is food. On Monday I did an activity with the children that I have done many times: bouncing cotton wool balls on Lycra as if popcorn is popping in a pan. The children were having a wail of a time. The problem was the new cotton wool I bought left a little behind each time it fell on the carpet. A fluffy mess! So at the end of the session I was left struggling to vacuum it off the carpet.
Why am I telling you this?
Does the thought of including music stress you out?
Music doesn't need to be stressful in the early years; there are many ways that you can include it throughout the day. Here are 3 ways to easily include music throughout your early years setting:
Think about all those routines that are done throughout the day in the early years: instructions, transitions, tidy up time, arriving and going home, and maybe a register... How could you include music within these? It could be using pieces…
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