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Musical awakening represents an interesting approach in daycares. Its advantages are numerous; it fosters the development of many aspects of childhood development. Singing and dancing are activities frequently used by early childhood educators to introduce children to music. These magical moments reflect pure pleasure, sometimes sprinkled with a little silliness. However, are they the only ways to promote musical education with young children?
Must early childhood educators have a musical background for children to benefit from music-themed activities?
Children are surrounded with all kinds of sounds. Early childhood educators should take advantage of these multiple opportunities to help children become more aware of their environment. Every moment when music or sounds are explored, even if it is through very simple activities, will lead to learning. There are many daycare moments that make introducing various musical notions possible: before a meal, before or after naptime, during a walk, during outdoor play, or a rainy day. Make noticing sounds a habit and your group will reap the benefits!
The connection between childhood development and musical awakening:
These are but a few examples, there are many other learning opportunities associated with musical awakening.
Music is associated with happiness. These few suggestions represent ways to explore music and have fun with your group while providing them with learning opportunities. I encourage you to use music during specific activities. Avoid playing background music since children will not pay attention to it and therefore not reap its incredible benefits.
Sonia LeclercEarly childhood educator
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