Next step is to ask people around you for advice and they’ll say search online, so you do that and find it’s a maze!
Here’s a way to get your head around it by searching for 12 different activities. It’s the lesson plan we use to run lessons or sessions when we go into a daycare centre.
The links will take you to the Musical Child resources or you can search specifically for other activities using the underlined terms and get out of the maze.
- Sing a “hello song” naming each child. It fulfills the social convention of greeting everyone for the day.
- Sing something with a bit of bounce and excitement to get them jigging on their bottoms.
- Do action songs that are games and tickles to stimulate the touch sensory pathways.
- Hand out or let them come and get an instrument e.g. sleigh bells to play while you repeat a song three times. Make sure you put out only one kind of instrument, otherwise you overload their hearing.
- Clear the instruments while you sing a Pack Away Song, another social convention of clearing up before doing something new.
- Give out another different instrument, such as rhythm sticks and sing a song with a strong rhythm while experimenting with ways to play the instrument.
- Switch to whole body movement, we always use a horsie song at this point to encourage strong loco-motor activity and dramatic play.
- A circle dance is beneficial and fun if you have enough adults to keep it together.
- Following you is one of the ways they learn so perform whole body actions to a mimcry song and encourage them to copy.
- A short rest is good after all that activity so lullabies work well at this juncture.
- Now they are calm it’s a good time to use books to tell stories. We recommend nursery rhymes with tunes as a great way to finish a music session. We always do two nursery rhymes and sing them at least twice each.
- We always sing a Goodbye Song to let the children know music time is over. Then it’s time for hugs!
So that’s it, 12 activities to make up a long music session. You can do them all or select a few and run several short sessions throughout the week. Be sure to come back and leave a reply below. We’d love to hear from you.
Remember, there’s nothing quite like music!