You Sing A Song And I'll Sing A Song!
Many of my co-workers, family and friends have told me, "you can turn just about any situation or conversation into a song"! My Dad used to tell me, "put your thoughts into a song and it will help you to remember"!
Through the years, I have personally tapped into different genres of music for physical, emotional and spiritual growth! I have learned through taking many classes/workshops, reading and trying out different activities and approaches with young children that music and movement can support ALL developmental domains - social emotional, cognition, communication, fine/gross motor movement and adaptive skills.
"Everybody play this game (clap, clap, clap) what's your name?"
In this one small phrase, we are working on communication, social reciprocity/interaction, coordination, and identifying one's self.
A simple song, movement game or action can support social emotional skills such as self control, self-regulation, self-confidence, social interactions (sharing, taking turns) and feelings/emotions.
Examples to try:
Drum beats. For example, kids might hop when they hear a fast drum beat and crawl when they hear a slow drum beat. After a time, kids are asked to reverse the cues.
The Freeze game. Kids dance when the music plays and freeze when it stops. Dance quickly for fast-tempo songs, slowly for slow-tempo songs.
--- Until we meet again....