Training and Musical Activity Ideas for Early Years Practitioners.
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Are you looking for early years music ideas that link to interests, area of learning or current month? On the Early Years Music Ideas website there are song, rhymes, body percussion, instrument and listening activity ideas.
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“Music and Schemas Online Training: Lots of ideas to keep and use in the future. Different ways of thinking about schemas, that you may not even have thought about before. Like the use of songs we all know such as "driving in your car" and music such as zorba the greek will be just fantastic to do our music and dancing with. Much better than just dancing to same old songs and nursery rhymes that we usually use.”
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1. Start by choosing songs you already know!
Why? It will boost your confidence with running a music time. You know the words and tune already so you can just go ahead and teach the song/rhyme!
What? These can be nursery rhymes or well-known children’s songs or rhymes
2. Learn each song/rhyme for a maximum of 5-8 minutes in one sitting!
I have found that children lose interest if you spend longer than 5- 8 minutes learning a song. It is also the most beneficial in terms of retention of th…
How can you use music activities as an opportunity for children to explore the schemas that they enjoy?
Let's take the well-known song 'If you're happy and you know it' to see how we can explore some of the main schemas:
Here are the words for the song including the well-known action clap your hands:
If you're happy and you know it.... clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it... clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it and you really want to show it…
To help in this difficult time I have collated some blogs that parents/carers might find helpful when young children are at home:
10 nursery rhymes that I know the under 5s love
It’s Music Time again. Does your mind go blank when it comes to thinking of songs to sing? Would you like a little help? Click here for 10 songs that I know children love to sing: