5.  Music Activities help promote and encourage the children’s listening skills, creative expression and social interaction.  When music is used, children are able to explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.  (There are many educational concepts taught through music out there that  fit the curriculums of today which produce the rhythm and movements that children need to build on.)  Here are 3 samples of my music found on William Janiak’s You Tube.

Try “7 Days in the Week” (Sit-Down Activity)as an example:

Try “Do You Like Foods?” (Sit Down Activity)

Try “Keep Moving” (Up Activity)

Remember, a child who is encouraged to enjoy and learn from music during the preschool years is a child
 who is likely to have a well-developed sense of creativity.   Music actually helps the child learn all kinds of different things
 that you might not at first associate with music.

Next week, Part 6.




What Kind of Values does Today’s Teachers Must Have? Part 4

The boy is listening to musicWe are continuing our search of how to make the right decisions to the dilemmas not only in our own lives but when we face the dilemmas of today’s children in our schools.  We already faced two examples about Gary and the Hunt family.  I wonder how you did in solving them?  What was your right decisions?

Another quality of trustworthy is integrity.  Webster’s dictionary says that it is the quality of being honest and fair like “He’s a man of the highest integrity.”   For the child to understand, it is a “the condition of being free from damage or defect
or total honesty and sincerity.”   The person of integrity takes time for self-reflection or self-examination so that they stay in control of the things that happen (events), crises of the day and the pressure of circumstances.  However, there are things that may get in the way like:

  • Self-interest — Things we want.  I would like to go on more cruises.  I want this website to do well and to hope for more teachers to read this article on values.
  • Self-protection — Things we don’t want.  I do not want to be disappointed in myself or be angry or let anxiety run me over and cause my behavioral to change.
  • Self-deception — A refusal to see a situation clearly.  I want to have that clear reasonable decision to help others.
  • Self-righteousness — An end-justifies-the-means attitude.  I don’t want to be narrowly minded or be convinced of one’s own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others.

What would you do about Larry’s scenario?  

Larry is the Department of Children and Families representative in your state who inspects and checks the qualification training records of staff.  This one particular school Larry knows the director, Grace, quite well.  It seems he has a crush on her, too.  Other staff members can see the glow on his face, when Grace shows him the areas of the school.  When Larry inspects the files, he notices that several staff are not up-to-date with their certifications including Grace.  Larry seems to not take it seriously and he overlooks the records and does not mention it to Grace.  Of course, Grace knows her records along with the other staff members are not up-to-date.

Question:  You saw this happen and you know Grace has discussed to the staff to get those trainings done.  What is the right decision for you about Grace or Larry?  Does integrity take place in your conscious?

In our next segment, we will look at another quality of trustworthiness: “reliability.”




What Kind of Values does Today’s Teacher must have? Part 2

Teachers Playing Guitar With Pupils Having Music Lesson In ClassroomFrom part 1, we ended up discussing “TRUSTWORTHINESS” and its variety of behavioral qualities.  Let’s add “honesty” as the first quality under trustworthiness.

Webster’s dictionary defines honesty as “fairness and straightforwardness of conduct.”  (She is admired for her kindness.)  When it comes to making an ethical decision, honesty becomes a part of the fundamental value.  We associate honesty with people of honor and we admire and trust those who are honest.  Through communicating honesty, we convey the truth as best as we know it and we communicate by not misleading or deceiving.  So when we make a choice out of a situation, we use trustworthiness as one ingredient from inside of us that make us select that situation.  It is part of our value system!

As an example:  Gary, a four-year-old autistic child has been placed in your school.  This child had recently been released from an institution where he has been for two years.  In the last 6 months, Gary’s family had cut off just about all contact with him.  Recently, Gary received a post card from his family telling him they would no longer be able to visit with him because they had moved out of state.  One of the staff found out that Gary’s family had not moved out of the state but to another neighborhood in the same city.  It seems Gary had been missing his family a great deal and asks about them frequently. Most of the staff thinks Gary is stable enough to handle the truth of the situation and they have come to you requesting permission to tell Gary the real situation.

Question:  With your fundamental value of honesty for this child, what is the best decision for Gary?

It seems we need a little more in our value system to help make a right decision.  We will add 3 elements of honesty to our list for Part 3 next week.  Meanwhile, I’ll let you ponder on Gary and when you think about a decision is there more to it than trustworthiness?