Listening at the easel

Continuing with our interest in listening, I set up the easel for my students to enjoy a little listening time as they painted at the easel…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

I can’t express to you how much my students enjoyed this experience. Many of the children spent a long time at the easel just listening and painting…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

Some of my students spent the time just listening…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

While some of my students listened and painted, others might stop by and paint with them.  You see, the focus of the children was to just enjoy the experience of painting as they listened so when someone else joined in, the children didn’t mind as they were not focused on painting a specific picture – just painting and listening…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

To set up the music at the easel, I plugged the headphones into my IPhone and placed the iphone in a baggie. I pressed the play button and let the music go through the list and start again…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

Every child who painted took their time and some would begin singing out loud…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

And some would dance along to the words or beat of the songs.  I tried to pick both slow and fast moving songs…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

Everyone who stopped by and gave the easel a try enjoyed this wonderful musical easel painting experience…

Listening at the easel by Teach Preschool

And this little guy enjoyed it so much that he decided to do the actions to one of the songs while he went all around the classroom…

Listening to music

By |2014-02-04T06:00:52+00:00February 4th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

13 Comments

  1. Kimberly February 4, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Such a simple but great idea to include music into your preschool day!

  2. Kathy Burgess February 4, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Fabulous idea! Could you give some examples of the songs they listened to? Were they kid songs, pop or classical or a just whole variety of genres? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathy,
      I had some Greg and Steve songs on my iphone that I had put on there some time ago. They were listening to “The World is a Rainbow,” “The Popcorn Song,” “Listen and Move” and a couple of songs that I can’t remember. A total of six children’s songs that kept repeating. I wasn’t planning to use my IPhone for this but it struck me as an idea after we played with our listening tubes so we just listened to the songs I happened to have on my phone:)

  3. Anik February 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I love this idea 🙂 I wonder what type of music the children listened to? Painting when listening, expressing emotions this way – great idea! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Anik,
      I had some Greg and Steve songs on my iphone that I had put on there some time ago. They were listening to “The World is a Rainbow,” “The Popcorn Song,” “Listen and Move” and a couple of songs that I can’t remember. A total of six children’s songs that kept repeating. I wasn’t planning to use my IPhone for this but it struck me as an idea after we played with our listening tubes so we just listened to the songs I happened to have on my phone:)

      My class loved it!

  4. Stephanie Schuler February 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Looks like the kiddos had a great time and didn’t make too much of a mess! A win-win for all!

  5. Rhythm February 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Every activity is a little better with a little Rhythm!

  6. Rachel | Racheous - Lovable Learning February 6, 2014 at 8:42 am - Reply

    What a unique and inspiring idea! I will have to try this with my son. This is a really beautiful experience to add to process art!

  7. Jo February 7, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    What music did you choose ?
    Thanks

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      We played some songs by Greg and Steve including the Popcorn Song, The World is a Rainbow, Listen and Move, and Freeze. I can’t remember the last few but a total of six songs were on my phone that I had already put on there from last year.

  8. Trisha February 7, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah:)

    I LOVE this! I’m wondering about the management of it? I can just see a couple of my students not wanting to wait their turn. Did you have a time limit? Or just first come first serve? Something else? Thanks so much! I would love to do this:)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Trisha,

      My easel is always open so the children paint whenever they want and are used to either painting together or coming back when there is an opening. Adding the headphones didn’t change that for them. They knew I would make sure they had a turn if they wanted and I left it open and the headset there for the entire week so they could take their time and paint away. In our situation, adding the headset definitely brought new interest in the easel painting experience but I didn’t try to structure the time. Also, we have lots of other interesting things going on the classroom that help keep kids happy so there isn’t just one main focus. We had our keyboard with headphones and our listening center with headphones and other listening activities so all was equally interesting to try.

  9. Dr. Sandra Duncan September 26, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Brilliant inspiring idea.

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