Music & Movement in the Toddler and Preschool Classroom

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Music & Movement in the Toddler and Preschool Classroom



hey everyone is shel from teaching two and three-year-olds let's talk about music in the classroom I really think a lot of teachers overthink how to incorporate music in their day it really does not have to be that complicated super simple so I thought I'd share some of my favorites here on some tips in some ways that we use music in the classroom my very first suggestion is to have a binder so that you can put your music in it now I've had this binder a while I've been teaching for over 20 years it's really full so just keep that in mind that yours does not need to be as full as mine and then I took sections I sectioned it off so that it shows the difference I have them categorized by season and by holiday so that way when I'm going to plan my week and I'm writing everything down in my planner I flip through my notebook to see what songs I might want to sing now I do know the words to a lot of these songs by heart because that's what happens when you've sung them for so long but I still like to have the lyrics print it out because it just reminds me oh we haven't sung that song in a while well I'm gonna sing it this week and then I take out the lyrics and I just put them up front so I have them handy when we're going to sing them and you will notice the front of my music binder has a cute little cover and I have created this for you for your music binder and you will find a link in the description it's free so after you purchase your binder you can go ahead and pop this into the cover another thing I want to mention is your source for music now I will admit I've been teaching long enough where we used CDs a lot I still have a ton of CDs and I still do use them now and then and I will even admit and age myself every by saying that when I first started teaching I even used cassette tapes yeah so I've come a long ways so I still use CDs sometimes I never use cassette tapes anymore I don't even think we have a cassette player but a new favorite is using my Bluetooth speaker and an app and I happen to use Spotify I know there's other ones there's Pandora and all that but I have an account to Spotify and I like it because I can create playlists so all I have to do is hit your library and then I have I save all my favorites in here that way when I go to look for a song up there it is I click on it and then it plays just like that so that's something that's really handy I also love having it be Wireless because I can take it with me anywhere music is such an important part of our day that it's not just in our classroom I take this with me when we go outside I have music playing I take this when we go to the gym I take this when we go upstairs all right tivity room it's so easy to just pop it into our backpack that travels with us wherever we go along with my phone so I have music anywhere and another important part about music is instruments and I wanted to share some of our favorite instruments I love these rainbow Jingle Bell sticks our toddlers and preschoolers love jingle bells and if there's something about it they just absolutely love shaking them when we're singing music and listening to music and they love these of course because of the streamer so we like to use these when we're moving around the room and we are waving them and we're marching and we might be spinning these are a good action an action instrument I also like using the velcro jingle bells they're like they're called the wrist angle and jingle bells because you undo the velcro and they can put it right on the wrists so as they're clapping or moving their arms around it's making noise our toddlers especially like these we've even had some creative toddlers put them around their ankles so they're really making a lot of jingling noises as they're moving around and if they don't want to wear them it just acts like oh just they can hold it just like this another favorite these little eggs and I like these shaker eggs because they fit in their hands they can even have two and as we're moving they are hearing the beat they're listening to the beat and they're shaking their eggs so these are a favorite as well and I also love rhythm sticks now for two and young three-year-olds I like to use these shorter chunkier rhythm sticks because it's easier for them to hold there's not so much to deal with our older preschoolers use the long thin rhythm sticks but these are the type that I like and I'll put links to all these in the description but we use these a lot because this is a great way to work on rhythm it's also a great way to work on counting we will often use these say okay let's count to five one two so rhythm sticks are a definite fun addition to your classroom in fact I've written post about it on my website I'll drop a link to that in the description I actually have several different music and movement posts on my website that are always popular every day there's lots of people visiting those sites and I really think it's because teachers are confused as to how to add music to their day it's so simple so these are my suggestions don't forget to click on the link in the description and download your own music notebook and fill it up and if you don't mind taking a moment can you please tell me what some of your favorite songs are that you do with your toddlers and preschoolers just comment and let me know because I'm always looking for new songs and even though you think I've seen them all by now I know I haven't so I hope that you've enjoyed these tips I'll talk to you again soon thanks for watching you


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