Music

Music is Amazing!

kids-church-clip-art-child-20clip-20art-happy-kids-clipartI like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas, I like to ite, ite, ite, ipples, and baninis…           It’s stuck in my head and I like to share.

You know you are a parent of young children when you catch yourself humming about your ears hanging low in line at the bank or about monkeys jumping on the bed in the middle of a lunch date with your friend or you start doing the hokey pokey will grabbing items at the grocery store.

Put your right hand in, (grab some mint ice cream) take your right hand out, put your right hand in, (grab some chocolate too), take your right hand out, do the hokey pokey and push your cart around, cause that’s what it’s all about!

Music is amazing! My girls have learned the days of the week and months of the year and are working on state capitols all with music.

Music is terrible! It gets stuck in your head and rattles around for hours, days even.

Music is amazing! It can make you smile, cry, laugh…feel. ( A great way for children to understand the power of music is to have them watch an action scene from their favorite movie while the sound is muted. )

Music is terrible! If you don’t know how to teach it! I don’t know how. So we sing.

We sing about bees, we sing about knees, we sing about teapots, doggies and trees.

Eventually I will need to come up with more. Maybe learn music myself or get someone to help me teach it. Maybe a good class for daddy to do? Maybe a Co-Op? But for now, we sing.

Never underestimate the power of song. It sparks the imagination, stirs the emotion, powers the memory. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t a maestro. Just sing. Don’t worry if you aren’t perfectly in tune. Just sing. Don’t worry if you mess up the words or if doesn’t make sense. Just…S-I-N-G-O!

Music is amazing! It brings people together. It draws children to it like little bugs to a light. It’s a great way to start the day, signal a change of focus like the clean up song, it can get them up and moving, or settle them down for quite time…

Music is amazing.

I would love to hear other people’s ideas on how to integrate music into the day or things they have discovered along the way. Please feel free to comment below with any ideas you have for teaching music. In the meantime, happy singing fellow homeschoolers!

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One thought on “Music is Amazing!

  1. I so agree with you! I used a lot of songs with the students in my elementary class. It is so true that music and their lyrics get stuck in your head. That is why it is such a powerful learning tool. Don’t stop with the ABC song! I have taught the days of the week, the months of the year, the names of coins, the continents and oceans, continents and countries…all through songs. I once got an email from a parent a couple years after her son was in my class with a video of him singing the continents and oceans song! Songs stick with you. One site you can try for downloading educational songs is songsforteaching.com. I’ve purchased individual songs and entire albums for a very good price, but I cannot put a price on the learning that took place because we sang those songs over and over again!

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