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.
Math is everywhere! From the spatial reasoning we use as we drive to work to estimating the tip at lunch, math and math skills are part of our everyday lives.Movement and Play Math Literacy
Engineering is a hot topic in education. The all-important E in STEM, engineering is a rapidly growing interest for young learners the umbrella term for many sought-after jobs in the sciences. With such a big reputation, the prospect of teaching engineering can be daunting to many early childhood educators, but when stripped down to its most basic elements, engineering is easy. Take, for example, one of the most important parts of it: motion.Lesson Planning Science Technology
Incorporating art in the classroom setting can often be a challenge. Often times it is used as a filler or it does not add value to the lesson it is paired with; however, that does not have to be the case.Math Art Science Technology
All sorts of science experiments exist for children to participate in, and they love all of them science experiments they do have the chance to participate in! Their naturally curious minds keep them engaged during experiments, making it easy to introduce them to scientific concepts.Science
As we grow up, we form many misconceptions in our minds. You may have heard that lightning never strikes in the same place twice or that mother birds abandon their chicks if they are touched by humans—these are two common misconceptions. No direct harm usually results from believing misconceptions, but if there is a way to prevent as many misconceptions from forming in children's minds as possible, shouldn't we take it?
Children spend 180 days a year inside the classroom. The classroom is more than just a space to take tests and receive new information—it is an environment that serves as a safe place, a home away from home, for many children.Lesson Planning Social Emotional
When the thought of childhood development comes to mind, often times it is met with the idea that while in utero babies develop more physically than cognitively. While babies do develop a tremendous amount physically during the time in utero, they do develop cognitively as well.Infant & Toddler Language Social Emotional
A disturbing trend in preschool programs has emerged in the past decade that has stifled play based learning. The academic programs that are trending are incredibly structured with preschool students doing more activity based exercises rather than playing and learning through exploration.Movement and Play Outdoor Learning Lesson Planning
Early education contains many obstacles that need to be conquered. One of the largest, and most difficult, obstacles to face as an early childhood educator is the aspect of healthy boundaries in the classroom.Program Administration Social Emotional
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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