Children are born explorers, adventurers, climbers and builders. Because sitting still doesn’t come naturally, award-winning Gryphon House authors developed innovative music and movement activities for all ages. Children learn math through counting rhythms, art through pleasant melodies, and science through investigative play with percussion instruments. Explore the activities below to get started on building music lesson plans for toddlers, infants or preschoolers.
Books have the ability to transform the lives of those who read them! Reading often teaches children important life lessons, and one of the most important lessons they can learn from reading is the importance of growing friendships with others.Movement and Play Literacy Language Social Emotional
Little ones often have very vivid imaginations. Sometimes their imaginations are so vivid that they have a hard time separating reality from fantasy. There is nothing wrong with this; in fact, a child’s imagination can help them create wonderful stories and ideas and also prompt them to ask questions about the world around them.Movement and Play Literacy Lesson Planning Language
The human body is a wonderful and mysterious thing! As they grow, children often notice how the different parts of their bodies help them with different movements, but they don’t always know the name of each body part that helps them run, throw, play, and learn!Movement and Play Literacy Science Language
The primary focus of any early childhood program is to care for and educate the young learners enrolled in the program. Caring for and educating young children is rewarding yet difficult work; however, it is critical that systems are in place to support the children, families, and staff to be their very best. One way to support both teaching and learning and to prevent and address challenging behaviors in early childhood programs is through an effective, high-quality behavior-guidance policy.Program Administration Observation and Assessment Social Emotional
For preschoolers, nature makes up their entire world. It provides the wonder and excitement that preschoolers thrive off of; it is where children live, learn, and play. Nature allows children to be inquisitive and imaginative while being physically active — that’s why nature preschools are loved by educators!Movement and Play Lesson Planning Infant & Toddler Seasonal Learning: Fall Spring Social Emotional
Although young learners might not quite understand what a noun is yet, they use them all the time! Nouns are a basic part of speech—a person, place, or thing—and often need to be modified to become plural, with a few exceptions like moose and sheep.Literacy Language
From birth to age five the brain of children develops at an exponential rate. When harnessed properly, this exponential development of the brain can allow children to become gifted individuals, especially in the classroom setting.Infant & Toddler
Winter can often cause kids to feel restless — the temperatures outside are cold, inclement weather is seemingly around every corner, and little ones are stuck inside. Restless kids have often run out of ideas of how to keep themselves entertained; parents and educators can help by stimulating their imagination and creativity.After School Literacy Seasonal Learning: Winter
Many educators believe that literacy and movement lessons should occur at different times during the school day; however, numerous studies provide evidence that activities involving literacy and movement provide more benefits when they happen within the same lesson.Movement and Play Literacy Language
Use open-ended music and movement activities for preschoolers to encourage a long standing appreciation of music and the arts. Our movement activities are designed to focus childrens’ natural energy and curiosity in fun, educational ways. Twisting, bending, wiggling, and jumping to rhythms teaches children how their bodies move as they enjoy creating music from percussion instruments.
Our music activities for preschoolers are innovative and thoughtfully crafted for educators looking for creative ways to teach social skills while enhancing rhythmic awareness. When preschoolers are given the chance to use their voices for singing, or hands for shaking tambourines, they’re making vital connections between themselves and the outside world.
Parents can easily adapt music and movement activities created for preschoolers and toddlers for their younger children. Music activities for infants can be as simple as singing silly rhyming songs. Not only does singing to infants boost language development, singing enhances other areas of infant development like improvisation and creative thinking.
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