Music Time - 29th October 2021
This morning the children were playing outdoors. There were a few children upset so to make them happy and to provide a fun opportunity for the children I got out the different musical instruments from the store room. As soon as the children saw the musical instruments, they all gathered onto the stage. I placed the basket on the mat with some different musical instruments like the triangle, drums, shakers, hand bells and more. The children took a musical instrument of their choice. They played with that for a while and then they shared the instruments with their friends. The educators sang some songs like 'twinkle, twinkle', 'ABC', 'if you are happy' and 'baa, baa, black sheep'. The children were curious and enthusiastic participants throughout the activity.
Music and movement are a vital element of children's emotional health and wellbeing. Music gives children the freedom to express their feelings and emotions through movement. By responding to music children are able to develop their creativity, imagination, coordination and balance. And also exposing children to dance, music and musical instruments allows them to enhance their skills in recognizing beat, rhythm and melody.
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children in this learning experience were curious and confident learners in using the musical instruments.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believed that children are active learners and that the children must be given opportunities to explore, discover and experiment. These principals underpin all cognitive development.
Critical Reflection: I saw few children upset while playing outdoor. To make them happy and to engage all children in an interesting activity I provided them the opportunity to play with different musical instruments. As I expected the children stopped crying and eagerly participated in trying a musical instrument of their choice. While I was giving options for children to choose their own musical instrument one of them broke a drum. Next time will explain to the children and help them to use the instruments in a gentle way. Follow up: More music time.