Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Music can be an enjoyable and easy way for educators to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and cognitive skills during this very active time of brain development.
Children start learning through rhythm and music before birth. Throughout early childhood, they learn primarily through auditory, rather than visual, stimuli. Because young children’s minds and bodies are irresistibly drawn to music, it is a natural, developmentally appropriate way for them to increase language skills, early math awareness, social skills, physical development, creative thinking skills, and self-confidence.
Early childhood classroom teachers, aids, and paraprofessionals discovered a wealth of information in this webinar! Attendees learned songs and activities that support social development, language development, and physical/motor development for ALL the children in their classes – including special learners or those with challenging behaviors.
Songs, rhythmic chants, and small and large movement activities can be an enjoyable way to holistically support young children’s emerging math skills. Before children are able to count to ten or add and subtract, they are developing their mathematical understanding.
In this webinar, presented by the Arts and Music community at edWeb.net, participants were introduced to the ways in which developmentally appropriate and enjoyable music and movement activities can be used as a catalyst for family engagement in school and at home, ultimately creating a musical community that benefits the development of the whole child.
This edWeb.net Arts & Music in Early Learning webinar explored how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music activities can support young children’s language and literacy skill development.
You don’t necessarily need the newest, shiniest gadget to engage kids. In this edWeb.net edTech Innovators webinar, librarian and tech guru, Todd Burleson, Resource Center Director at Hubbard Woods Elementary at Winnetka, IL, discussed how he used Peter Reynolds’ book, The Dot, to inspire creativity and teach his students in his K-4 school about Braille alphabets, Morse code, splatter painting by Jackson Pollock, and pointillism by Seurat and Lichtenstein.
Children are naturally curious, and this is an opportunity for you to spark their imaginations and feed their curiosity. Discover ideas that will engage your 21st century learners in educational, playful and meaningful ways.
Music can be an incredible and enjoyable tool to use with children of all ages, however, many early childhood professionals don’t realize that the means to do this are very accessible for any educator regardless of music “talent” or experience.