This year, my two-year-old daughter and I attended a development group in kindergarten. Classes in it consisted of 3 parts: on development, music and again on development. I wanted to talk about playing music with preschoolers.
At first, I was skeptical of them. I thought it would be a sort of change between modeling and drawing. As a result, it was because of the music that we continued to attend the kindergarten.
There were only 8 people in our group, and we all sat around the piano. The teacher played a certain melody and sang: Hello guys !.
Then she gave the kids wooden spoons and played some song. Everyone had to beat the rhythm. At the beginning of the year, the teacher forbade moms to touch spoons and promised that by the end of the year all children would develop a sense of rhythm.
This is certainly a bold statement, but my daughter learned to beat the rhythm in kindergarten. With spoons another game was played. While the music is playing, it is necessary to beat the rhythm, and as soon as the music stopped, it was necessary to hide the spoons behind the back. And so several times. We were also taught to knock quietly to a quiet melody and loudly to a loud one.
Tambourine and Drum
Then the guys returned the spoons and they were given a tambourine. With a tambourine, we all ran in circles and depicted a car. At this time, the song sounded about the car. After that, we were given a drum and under the cheerful melody the children had to march and beat on a musical instrument.
By the New Year and on the 8th of March, we learned a few dance numbers with the children. Since we had mostly two-year-olds, it looked like this. The teacher showed the dance, then sat at the piano, played a song and sang. All mothers were also to sing along (who did not sing, was reprimanded by a serious music worker).
In addition, children and mothers had to dance. Dance moves are simple: squats, turns, legs on the toe and heel, etc. At first it was funny to me, because none of the children danced, and moms did everything for them. But the most interesting thing is that my child apparently saved up information, and in about six months she gave out all the movements at home!
In the classroom we also learned songs. Rather, they taught them of course mom, because there was only one boy in our group. Mothers sang, and the children had to make simple movements in accordance with the text. For example, to the line: I firmly hug my mother, I had to hug my mother.
It turned out that music lessons are very exciting and useful. I do not know which development group we will choose next year, but I would love to continue to engage in music with the child.
Do you think preschool children need music lessons?