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:
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...
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...
Are you struggling to find Christmas songs that you can sing with the children? Why not take songs that they know well and change the words slightly or change all the words but keep the same tune.
Change a few of the words:
Here are 4 examples of songs that I have come up with for this blog. I’m sure there are other songs that you know that you could do something similar to fit the Christmas theme. From my experience, I think children from around 3 years and up, who...
This November marks 10 years since I started Musical abc, my independent music classes for the under 5s. If you don’t know my background, I studied musical composition and then trained as a primary school teacher, with 4- 8 years as my specialist age range, although I spent most of my teaching career in Reception. So, with Musical abc I aimed to use my experience of teaching and music to bring a live music experience to young children and adults in my local area. I have...
I have always found food/drink themed songs and rhymes are always popular with the children. I try, when I first introduce a food/drink song/rhyme to the children, to also have an example of at least one of the items mentioned in the song/rhyme, either the actual ingredient or a picture of it. I do this as a multi-sensory experience to help more children engage in the activity. Here are some examples of songs and rhymes that I used with an ingredient to enhance the...
All my music times incorporate multi-sensory activities. I do this so that all children can find a way to explore and express themselves. I have selected 5 sensory props that are my favourite although I use many more.
Bubbles are great for all ages. For babies, it helps them with tracking objects. Older children try to catch and blow them. I use them within songs/rhymes and when listening to music. You may like to take a look at the blog: Bubbles...
It is amazing how a music activity can help with a child’s self-confidence.
I attended a nursery to do a music time with a new group of children; their response was fantastic and I love how music can bring a smile to a child’s face. The activity I remember most was the listening activity. This activity involved the use of fabric and bubbles. As it was their first session I knew these props would be great to help the children respond to music.
Twinkle, Twinkle is a song that is known by most people and I am sure it is one of the first songs that many parents sing to their newborn child.
So, with this in mind, how can we use a song like Twinkle Twinkle to help children develop in the 7 areas of learning?
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We can use Twinkle, Twinkle as a starting point for a music...
Are you looking for early years activity ideas to celebrate the end of the year?
Below I have listed past blogs that I have written that can help you with ideas with a musical element:
Music for the end of year concert
If you are looking for music for your end of year concert or graduation take a look at this blog for 11 music suggestions: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/blog/5961-11-suggestions-of-music-for-end-of-year
The children are always excited when I get the...
I am lucky to be able to listen to the birds singing to each other from my office in the garden. There is one bird, we think it is a blackbird, who sings a very non-bird like tune. It sounds like the start of a song but you never hear it complete; just the same unfinished musical phrase every time.
Why am I telling you about this?
When children first learn to sing they don’t always complete a phrase or sing a complete line, just like the bird. We need to acknowledge...
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