Music Makes Learning Fun
Whether you're a preschool classroom teacher or a general music teacher working with young learners, you fill find resources for your school day here. Even parents can benefit from the articles below because these resources are mostly written by authors that have experience working with preschoolers.
Seasonal songs, transition time tunes, general music lessons, instrument making, and concept songs are the five topics highlighted here. So, if you're looking for a melody to sing for Thanksgiving, a circle time song, or a creative instrument to make with your class, you've come to the right place.
In preschool, the calendar comes to life for little ones. Often in a classroom setting the calendar is a daily feature during circle time. Children are learning about the days, weeks and months of the year. These songs will help children capture the essence of each holiday in the passing seasons.
- Christmas Songs for Preschoolers
- Planning Christmas Songs For Preschool Musicals
- Putting on a Religious Christmas Play
- Hanukkah Songs to Sing with Preschoolers
- Kooky Spooky Songs for the Preschool Classroom
- Count Your Blessings: Thanksgiving Songs and Activities
Transition Time Songs
I have fond memories of teaching pre-Kindergarten music at my first paid teaching position. In the beginning of the year many of the four year olds would often have trouble transitioning from one activity to the next. In a structured classroom environment changing gears by following the clock is necessary. One child may still be enjoying the activity he was on when it's time to move to a new one. For other students the difficulty in transitioning can be the open time to move the body, which sometimes means talking to others or touching one another.
Using songs to signal transitions can be a great way to build structure in the classroom in a fun and creative way. Also, the repetition of singing, or playing, the same song can be comforting to children who like to know what comes next. Not only are transtion times covered in this set of articles, but also circle time songs are highlighted as well.
- Great Preschool Music CDs for Circle Time
- Make Transition Time Easier: Walking in a Line Song for Preschool
- More Ideas for Transitions: A Clean Up Song
- New Ideas for Circle Time: Games and Song
- Preschool Song Ideas For Transition Times
General Music Lesson Plans
Why is music so important in the preschool classroom? In the article The Importance of Singing in the Preschool Classroom Bright Hub Education author Cheryl Gabbert writes that music is an excellent way to use the art of repetition to enhance learning. Gabbert also reminds us that songs that teach concepts, like the ones listed later in this guide, are educational tools for preschool teachers.
If you'd like some creative ideas on props to use while singing in the classroom, new fingerplays to perform, or more reasons for utilizing music in a preschool setting the following articles are for you.
- Let the Music Play! Lesson Plan for Preschool Music
- Preschool Fingerplays and Songs
- The Importance of Singing in the Preschool Classroom
- The Power of Music in Preschool Education
- Is Music and Movement Really that Important in the Preschool Classroom?
- Preschool Music Craft Projects: Props for Singing
- The Mozart Effect and Preschoolers
Instrument Making: Shake It Up Baby!
If you can gather the supplies for the following instrument activities, you can turn your class into a band, or put on a parade! The following lesson plans below utilize easy to find materials, and simple instructions for turning every day items into instruments for little hands.
Have you ever made a shoebox guitar or a comb kazoo? What about using bells in the preschool classroom? These hands-on lesson plans will have children shaking, rattling and rolling!
- How to make Music Instruments with Soda Bottles
- Shake It Up! Making Musical Instruments with Preschoolers
- Making Maracas with your Preschool Class
- How To Guide on Making a Guitar, Combo Kazoo, Tambourine and More
- Ring Those Bells! Lesson Plan on Bells for Preschoolers
- Oh Baby What's That Sound? Preschool Instrument Making Lesson Plan
Songs That Teach Preschool Concepts
What concept are you teaching this week? If you need songs for colors, numbers, rhymes or opposites this guide has what you need. Gardners' multiple intelligences show you eight different ways children are apt to learn. Music is its very own learning style, which means teaching concepts through song can be very beneficial to students that learn best this way. Whether you're highlighting the five senses or needing songs for Spanish words, check out this list to see if we have what you need to match your lesson plan.
- Preschool Songs about Colors
- Shape Songs for Preschoolers
- Songs For the Five Senses
- Using Music to Teach Preschoolers Numbers
- Spanish Songs for the Preschool Classroom
- African American Songs to Sing in Preschool
- Teacher Made Ambulance Song and Lesson Plan
- Pre K Songs: Rhyming Activities for the Classroom
- Guess Who? Interactive Name Games for Preschool
- Teaching Mother Goose Rhymes with Richard Scarry's DVD
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Song Ideas and Lesson Plan
- Explore Opposites with this Preschool Lesson and Song
Joy in the Classroom
Exposure to music has proven to be, if nothing else, a mood enhancer. Music in the preschool classroom can quiet busy bodies or get moving lethargic ones. Using music to bring structure to your day, through transition songs, or highlight concepts, through tunes that teach educational skills, can be beneficial to the young learners in your care.
If you've found a certain article helpful, or if you have a tip to share when it comes to implementing music time in the classroom, please feel free to leave a comment. We really do learn from one another, and this is a great place to share knowledge!
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