Happy MUSIC MONDAY!

Hi, friends! Happy Week of the Young Child(TM)! Join me over the next few days as we explore some of the ways you can share experiences with your little learner (0-5yrs) to celebrate #woyc18. First up - MUSIC MONDAY! 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is hosting its week-long celebration of little learners, their teachers, and their families April 16-20, 2018. Each day of this week is focused on a different theme that is important to early childhood. For a list of suggested activities and resources, checkout NAEYC’s WOYC Overview.

  • Music Monday – “Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn”
  • Tasty Tuesday – “Healthy eating and fitness at home and school”
  • Work Together Wednesday – “Work together, build together, learn together”
  • Artsy Thursday – “Think, problem solve, create”
  • Family Friday – “Sharing family stories”

MUSIC MONDAY!

As a Certified Zumbini® Instructor, and someone who has worked with young children and their families, I fully believe in the power of the Zumbini® program. So, naturally, the first thing that came to mind when thinking of Monday’s #woyc18 music theme was…Zumbini®! Children benefit from any exposure to music; however, the vibrant energy and amazing music inherent to live classes, take home materials, and the Zumbini® Time TV show enable and encourage families to “sing, dance, celebrate, and learn” TOGETHER!

Haven’t tried Zumbini® yet? No worries, just jump over to our Zumbini® page or visit www.zumbini.com to register for a demo and class sessions!

NAEYC explains that, “[t]hrough music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active!” What better way to celebrate Music Monday with your little learner than by participating in Zumbini® class, reading your Zumbini® story/song book, singing along with your Zumbini® CD, dancing to the music on the Zumbini® app, or following along with Zumbini® Time?! While you and your incredible little one have a blast with Zumbini®, here’s a very quick look at some of the amazing ways you’re actually helping to facilitate early learning. (Caregiver, you rock!)

Developing Math Skills*

  • Numbers & Operations: counting lyrics, numbered drum beats, etc. 
  • Patterns: repeating choreography, finger play, lyrics, class structure
  • Geometry: recognizing spatial relationships between self/classmates or illustrations in the story/song book
  • Measuring: counting steps in choreography
  • Collecting/organizing: returning materials during class 
*Categories derived from Greenburg, Jan: https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/Images/resources/pubs/rockingandrolling_yc0512.pdf

Developing Language Skills

  • Hearing, learning, memorizing song lyrics through exposure to music and class materials

o   Encourages “fluency (smoothness of speech), pronunciation, enunciation (speaking clearly), and vocabulary”**

  • Taking part in repetition songs that encourage class participation***
  • Interacting with peers and caregivers; observing interactions among peers/caregivers
**Bullard, J.: https://www.education.com/reference/article/music-center-enhance-children-development/
***Cortese, Rachel: https://childmind.org/article/helping-toddlers-expand-their-language-skills/

Developing Literacy Skills

  • Exploring story/song book
  • Bolstering auditory processes/memory – learning how sounds come together, distinguishing between pitches, inflection, volume****
  • Encouraging writing/scissor skills through motor movements (Read our blog post!) 
****Tarbert, Kelsey: http://www.luther.edu/oneota-reading-journal/archive/2012/learning-literacy-through-music/

Developing Social-Emotional Skills (Having Fun)

  • Working together to make music, collect materials
  • Experiencing the therapy of singing/dancing/playing with other little ones & caregivers**
  • Building self-confidence through bonding and self-expression (singing, dancing, and playing)

Developing Gross Motor Skills (Being Active)

  • Increasing self-regulation through spatial and body awareness (Read our blog post!)
  • Strengthening coordination, balance, flexibility through movement**

 

With so much growth and development happening within the first few years of life, this is the best time to foster a life-long love of learning—and that’s something to celebrate! Have so much fun enjoying music with your little learner and I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow for Tasty Tuesday!

-Sarah