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.
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.
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.
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Thank you, Deborah, for another fantastic month of learning! My takeaway this month was “never come to circle time empty handed!” I put this concept into practice last week and the children loved it – they were so engaged in our story and circle time activities. I read a story about a freckled frog and his fish friend and all the other “F” things they found on their adventure. Prior to starting the story the children all chose a “f” object from the basket which I then included in the story. We also included the objects in some of our songs, in a disappearing object game (thanks for the idea Jamie) and later in the block center.
I love everything you present. It is very worthwhile. I am excited every week to log in to the Hive and see what you have planned. I love the book corner too! I’m always looking for new ideas. We did the baking soda and vinegar thing. The children and I made baking soda ghosts in an chocolate mold tray. (Yes we froze them.) We filled a mini cauldron half full of vinegar and put a few drops of food coloring in the vinegar. The kids loved it when they dropped the ghost in the vinegar and the cauldron fizzled over. Amanda Morgan was amazing. I love that I can listen to her over and over again. One day I hope you can just do a section on just what songs and finger plays that you teach in your classroom. Have you got any cute Christmas songs up your sleeve?
I loved the backstage pass and seeing your daily routines and centers in action! I would love to see more of that in the coming months so keep it coming! Also, after hearing about your experience putting baking soda and vinegar out for the kids to explore, I actually tried it in my classroom last week. My co-teacher and I were a little nervous that it would be a disaster but guess what? The kids handled it very well and absolutely loved it! I would have never thought to give them that much independence with something like that. I’m going to try the sink and float experiment next week. So much good stuff!