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Supporting Young Children’s Emerging Math Skills with Developmentally Appropriate Music Activities
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Ellen Acuna, In-School Services Representative and Teaching Specialist
Sponsored by Music Together
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Songs, rhythmic chants, and small and large movement activities are enjoyable ways to holistically support young children’s emerging math skills. In this edWebinar, learn about developmentally appropriate music and movement activities that naturally support children’s exploration of math concepts, including pattern, sequence, representation, proportion, and opposites. Viewers will be introduced to new songs and chants they can use in their work with children, hear about research on the topic, and see ways to lead music experiences with young children.
Regardless of musical ability, participants will come away with music activity ideas they can use right away in their work with children to support them in developing a foundation for future mathematical learning. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.
About the Presenter
Ellen Acuna has more than 19 years of experience as an early childhood music and movement specialist working with children birth through age five and their parents and caregivers. She has enjoyed bringing music education to a variety of different settings, including a School for the Deaf where she worked with deaf and hard of hearing children, a center for teenage moms with their babies, working with the elderly and young children in intergenerational classes, and a variety of other outreach programs. Ellen has a B.A. from West Chester State College (now West Chester University), where she studied speech communications. In addition to being a Music Together In-School teaching mentor for other music and movement specialists, she presents professional development workshops for music specialists and classroom teachers, and has presented at national conferences.
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At Music Together, we understand the importance of music in early childhood—from birth, in fact. Because the truth is, most people are born with enough music aptitude to play in a symphony orchestra when they are adults, if they choose. But first we must learn how to “speak music”—to take the musical instrument we all have, ourselves, developing that musical capacity from a very young age. The sounds we make, our movements, our rhythms—these are the building blocks of music and of early childhood learning. And that’s what Music Together is all about.