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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.




Importance of Listening

The Importance of Listening

Children began to listen long before they read, write, or speak.  Some children enter school without ever having listened consciously or been held responsible for listening.   For many children, listening is the most important medium.   Growth in the other skills of communication is always conditioned by the ability to listen.   Listening is a complex process, since it involves a physical process of hearing both mental and emotional factors.

Listening like reading is a process of meanings with symbols.   In one case, the symbols are aural and in another, visual.  It is the child’s ability to understand on the depth and variety of the concepts, word meanings and language skills the child has developed.  Note: The child builds meanings and concepts through experiences.  Thus, opportunity to plan, observe, explore, and talk are essential to growth in LISTENING!