I believe that singing and moving is as important in a young child’s development as love. That’s why I teach music. I know that singing and moving activities are going to help my students in their emotional, physical and “educational” health.
As a kid, my mom sang everything to me. She sang about work, play, fun things, sad things and spiritual things. She sang to us in the car, when we were in the tub, running through the sprinklers and when it was time to go to sleep. My dad always had music playing on the “record” player, anything from “The Clancy Brothers” to “Madame Butterfly”. Little did I know that all of that singing and moving was helping us kids learn.
My mom was also very free in her expression of the music and we’d dance as we sang too. My dad-not so much- but in that environment, I thought it was “normal” for most kids to sing and move A LOT! When I became a teacher- I realized that it was not necessarily the “norm”. Many children do not have the experiences like I did-and gave to my own children-of moving freely to music, expressing their feelings through songs or listening to such a wide variety of genre’s. Children need a variety of opportunities to connect to their emotions, and singing and moving to music provides a multi-purpose and effective way to help them.
SINGING AND MOVING HELPS KIDS CONNECT TO THEIR EMOTIONS AND THE WORLD
Wow! It took me a long time to realize the great blessing/gift I was given as a child to experience music and movement freely. I count my blessings that I grew up with a pretty diverse repertoire of musical singing and listening experiences.
Some Ideas on how to Incorporate Singing and Moving into your classroom.
Sing “Hello” songs and gathering songs that include all students.
Sing songs about Feelings and then have class talks.
Sing songs to celebrate students’ successes and milestones
Sing songs for transitions
Sing Academic songs to learn math facts, nouns, science facts, phonics- well anything you need to have them learn.
Moving to the music will help your students remember the songs.
Using sign language, gross motor movements or just clapping along can make the song more engaging and memorable.
Here’s a fun Freebie Song and movement activity. You’ll find a video and Mp3 Tracks to help you sing a long.
I use a lot of transition songs in my classroom. This is a Freebie with Line up and Brain Break Chants and Songs.
Line UP and Brain Break Chants and Songs
The song isn’t as important as just singing!
SINGING AND MOVING HELPS MAKES BRAIN CONNECTIONS
As educators it’s critical that we give our students the opportunity to experience music and movement in the learning environment.
Many teachers know that combining music and movement in the classroom improves student retention levels, builds classroom community and provides another way for students to learn skills. Music and movement not only reaches all the “kinesthetic” and “musical” students, but engages the verbal/linguistic, mathematical and scientific thinking students too.
Movement activities can be easy, short and are so effective in keeping students engaged all day. Here’s a favorite freebie-Put on your favorite music and have student move to the beat.
MOVEMENT ACTIVITY FEEL THE BEAT
I’ve created many resources for teachers to use to integrate singing and moving into their classroom.