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How Can Music Help in the Prime Areas of Learning?

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Music can help in all 7 Areas of Learning.  In this blog, I'm going to go through how you could use music to help with the Prime Areas of Learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

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Using Songs/Rhymes to help with Communication and Language

Why?

Opportunity for children to:

  • Listen to rhythmic patterns
  • Recap words
  • Be introduced to new words
  • Help them understand words
  • Say simple sentences...  plus much more

What can...

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Make Music Day

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On 21st June ‘Make Music Day’ is celebrated around the world.  What music making are you going to do today?  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Outside Music

I have taught many music time sessions outside.  Click here to read about 5 different activities that have a musical element that you may like to try: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/blog/2967-5-outdoor-activities-with-a-musical

 

10 nursery rhymes that I know the under 5s love.

Does your mind go...

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It’s Nearly the Summer Holidays

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It’s Nearly the Summer Holidays, is the first line from a song that I wrote about the fun activities children may do during the holidays. The day after I wrote it, I sang it to a group of nursery children and I was amazed how quickly they remembered the chorus! Do you have a collection of holiday-themed music activities up your sleeve that you can call on? Here are a few songs that I sing with the children when we’re thinking about the holidays:

Seaside

Underneath the water, is a song that I...

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5 Ways to Sing with Baby

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Singing is a great way to both stimulate and soothe a baby.  Using songs and rhymes in different ways can help with their development.  Here are 5 different types of song/rhyme activities that you could do with the babies in your care:

1. Watching

These are songs and rhymes where the baby will just listen to you sing with or without a prop.  They may be in your arms, lying, or sitting in front of you.

Just listening to your voice

You can stimulate a baby by just using your...

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15 Weather Props

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Do you use props during your music time? If not, it is worth considering as they can really help children engage through a sensory/interactive element to an activity. I have listed below 15 props/resources that I have used with children from 0 to 5 years in weather themed songs, rhymes and listening activities.

1. Scarves: I have used these in activities where children listen to music inspired by rain, snow or wind

2. A Parachute: Is a good way to create the effect of wind for songs and...

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Balls and Balloons

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The use of balls and balloons during music activities give children a different way to explore 'moving and handling' in their physical development. It also helps with the development of their personal and social skills, and an opportunity to express themselves.  I use balls and balloons in singing and listening activities either on their own or on a piece of fabric, e.g. a parachute or Lycra.

Balloons are particularly good for younger children as they are easier for them to trace...

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Garden Watch and Storytelling Week

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Are you taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Watch and/or Storytelling Week with the children in your early years setting?  Both happen at the end of January!  Have you thought about linking these to musical activities?  If not here are a few ideas to get you started: 

RSPB Big Garden Watch

Every year, at the end of January, the RSPB encourages people to take part in the survey so that they can track how the birds are doing in the UK.  Even if you are not taking part...

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Up, Down, In and Out!

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Are you looking for new ways for children to explore positional language?  There are lots of different activities that you can do to help them develop this understanding, but have you thought about using music activities?  You could emphasise the positional language during songs, instrument time and listening to music activities.  Here are a few ideas:

Songs

Movement songs

Encourage the children to move their arms into the different positions as you say the positional...

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My 5 favourite songs to sing during a Music Time

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Do you have songs that you love to sing with the children?  I’m going to share with you my five favourites although it was hard to whittle it down to five:

1.Twinkle, Twinkle

I love that most children know Twinkle twinkle. The song has a tricky tune but I hear so many under 5s trying to sing it; it's wonderful to hear. 

Although I think the main reason I love this song is it brings back memories of when my two children were little. My husband and I used it as the closing...

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Singing + Children =

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Singing is such a wonderful experience for all.  In the video below Prof Sarah Wilson, an expert in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology, discusses what happens to your brain when you sing.

In summary, she says:

When you think about singing or are singing, large areas of the brain light up!

  • Motor Networks
  • Auditory or Listening Networks
  • Planning and Organisational Networks
  • Memory Networks
  • Language Networks (if singing words)
  • Emotional Networks

Plus it releases...

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