Friday, January 27, 2012

Beginning Rhythm Ideas

Learning Objective – Beginning rhythm ideas
Rhythm experiences for young children are vital for their development. It puts them in sync with the world.

Play some recordings for your children that use drums.

If you can bring a drummer to your room or take the children somewhere to see a drum set, that would be wonderful.

As you listen to the music, pretend you are playing air drums.

Here are some ways to make drumbeats to the music.
Hit your fists on different surfaces.

Use wooden spoons or rhythm sticks to play on different surfaces.

Shake your entire body to the rhythm of the music.

Some children will naturally feel the rhythm of the music. Others will need more time to develop a sense of rhythm.

Hit a steady beat with a drum or your hands and ask the children to hop on the beat, stamp on the beat and march on the beat.

Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
– Awareness of drums and their different sounds.

For developing the idea – Listen to instrumental music and identify the drums. If the drum beat is simple, clap your hands with the drums.

For moving forward – “How could we use drumbeats in the classroom? Could the teacher hit the drum to tell you it’s time to sit on the circle?’


Learning Objective – Encourages musical learning
The newest brain research says: The earlier music is introduced, the more potential a child has for learning and enjoying it in the future.

If You're Happy and You Know ItSit on the floor with your child facing you.

Sing the song "If You're Happy and You Know It."
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
(take your child’s hands and clap them together two times.)
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
(repeat clapping)
If you're happy and you know it
Then your smile will surely show it

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
(repeat clapping)

Keep repeating the song and changing the action.
Move your child’s hands for clapping, waving, wiggling, snapping, etc.

Do the action first and then let your child do it.

Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
– Repeat the song and clap softly and loudly.
For developing the idea – Do other movements with the song. Hop, jump, tap your foot, turn in a circle are a few to try.

For moving forward – Play the game with a stuffed animal. Let your child move the animals hand, feet, or paws to the words of the song.

Recommended Products from Discount School Supply®:
The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants (RHYMES)
Familiar Objects Language Cards (CARDSET
Match It Up! Animal Matching Game (MATCHUP)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Acting Out Sounds

Learning Objective – Acting out Sounds
Let the children act out sound words. Make up a sentence using a sound word.

Instead of saying the word, let the children make the sound and move accordingly. For example:

First there were small raindrops and there was loud ---------(thunder sounds)

I see a comes the ---------. (fire engine sounds)
The drummer was playing on the ------. (drum sounds)

Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
- “Let’s make some like thunder sounds, some fire engine sounds and some drum sounds.

For developing the idea – What sounds do you make in the morning? (wash face, brush teeth, drink milk)

For moving forward - What are some of the sounds that you hear at your house?

Book Suggestion - Bow Wow! Meow! A First Book of Sounds (Little Golden Book)


Learning Objective – Understanding Vocabulary
This rhyme helps toddlers understand and use vocabulary.

Say the following rhyme and point to each part of the body.

You are also saying words that begin with the same sound

I’ll touch my chin, my cheek, my chair
I’ll touch my head, my heels, my hair
I’ll touch my knees, my neck, my nose

Then I’ll bend and touch my toes.
Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
-“Let’s name all the words in the rhyme that start with “nnn sound..”

For developing the idea – Where is your neck? Where are your knees?

For moving forward - Let’s look in this book and find someone’s neck, knees and nose.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Watch This!

These games will help to grow the brains of infants and toddlers. Whether it’s through singing, dancing, cuddling, rocking, talking, smelling, or tasting, you can encourage the pathways of their brains to make new connections.

Learning Objective – Developing positive emotional stimulation.Think of all the different places that are good for watching.
When babies can watch things move, they are happy.
A front-loading washing machine or dryer is fun for babies to watch.

Windows that are close to trees are wonderful watching places, or sit outside with your baby for an amazing amount of stimulation.
Watch birds fly from one place to another.

Watch cars moving down the street.

Watch the branches of a tree blow in the wind.

Take time to sit with your infant and watch together. Having you next to him will give him the comfort and security that he needs to enjoy the wonders of the world.

 Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
– Talk about how nice it is to sit and watch things together. Use lots of loving conversation.

For developing the idea – Name specific things that you are watching. For example, a bird, a tree branch, or the sky.

For moving forward – Say the words that you have just named in a sing-song high pitched voice.


Learning Objective – Recognizing Vocabulary 
The Pointing GameTell your baby that he is going to learn a poem about finding things in the room.

Show him how to point his index finger.

Ask questions like, “Do you know where the ceiling is?

Take his index finger, point it to the ceiling and say, “There is the ceiling.”

Do this with a few more objects like body parts, tables, and windows.

Now say the poem.

Point to the window
Point to the door
Point to the ceiling
Point to the floor
Point to a table
Point to a chair
Point to your nose
Point to your hair
Point to your head now
Point to your knee
Point to your elbow
Point to me!!
Depending on the age of your baby, say as many lines of the poem that you feel he can understand.

Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
– Repeat the vocabulary words many times until your little one recognizes them.

For developing the idea –Take the words individually and use them in many sentences. Repeat the poem several times.

For moving forward – Make up stories using the same words in the story.