Use music in your classroom to create a magical experience

In the early childhood classroom, the use of music and fingerplays has a way of capturing children’s attention and leading them towards success throughout the day. Let me tell you why music and fingerplays are magical in the early childhood classroom.

Fostering a Sense of Community

In everything we do in the early childhood classroom, we want to keep ‘fostering a sense of community’ at the heart of why we do what we do. Music and fingerplays naturally invite students to be a part of the larger community in the classroom. It is a time where we can magically get our students to work cooperatively together whether we invite them to sing a song, chant a rhyme, follow directions, play a game, make a circle, or move together in unity.

Capturing Attention

Music and fingerplays are like magic when it comes to capturing student attention and for helping young children calm down. Add a simple tune to almost any phrase and the phrase is transformed from white noise to an effective, calming, listening tool.

Giving Directions

Music and fingerplays magically help young children focus on you and as a result, they are better able to hear and follow simple directions that you give. I can’t tell you how many times my students have neatly and quietly lined up just by hearing me singing our line up song.

Introducing and Reinforcing Concepts

Music and fingerplays are easy for young children to learn and remember. As a result, they can be used to help children build new knowledge and practice their knowledge of concepts in all areas of the curriculum. Almost every day I have a song chosen to introduce during circle time. It usually relates to the book we’ve read or a concept we are talking about.

Practicing and Mastering New Skills

As you consistently use music and fingerplays in your classroom, your students will be more apt to try new skills, practice those skills, and ultimately begin to master those skills. It is amazing to watch the progress over the year as my students master different parts of the songs we sing.

Creating a Joyful Environment

Music and fingerplays make being in your classroom a fun and joyful experience. A musical voice always sounds friendly and a fun rhyme or a simple song always feels inviting. Young children will feel more at ease with your leadership and safe in your environment as you reach out to connect with them through simple songs and fingerplays.

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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