The benefits of music and movement for preschoolers are amazing. Keep reading to see how to incorporate them into your homeschool.
What is Music and Movement?
When music and movements are combined into an activity, it is called music and movement. Many songs naturally incorporate music and movement for preschoolers.
There are many benefits to combining music and movements.
Why It’s Important
Music and movement for preschoolers are essential because it helps kids to develop fine motor and gross motor skills while developing language skills through music and songs.
When listening to music, children learn to listen to what is being said. Songs have verbal cues as to what to do and when.
This leads into the sequence when things happen. The same things will be said in the same order each time the song is played.
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Spacial skills are developed. Little ones will trip or bump into items if they aren’t aware of their bodies. Music and movement for preschoolers is a great way to practice spacial awareness.
Hand-eye coordination and physical activity are engaging and fun when practiced using music and movement for preschoolers.
Some children aren’t as verbal. Music and movement allow them to express themselves and their thoughts in a way that isn’t strictly verbal (think “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands”).
How to Incorporate Music and Movement into Homeschool Preschool
Ribbon or Silk Scarf Dancing
Turn on some classical music and have your little one dance and move to the music. Ribbons or silk scarves are a fun way to calm your preschooler down as she watches it flutter around.
Tissues work great, too!
The preschooler dances while the music plays, and he turns into a statue when it stops. He can unfreeze and begin dancing when the music starts to play again.
Going on a Bear Hunt Song
There are many different variations of this song. All the versions have movements your preschooler can do that accompany the song.
Make binoculars with your hands to add to the song.
Make Your Own Instruments
Grab out the recycling bin and have your preschooler come up with his own instrument. You can also add dry rice or beans to make a shaking sound.
The wonderful thing about this song is that it’s easy to do without a recording. You call out different body parts to put in the center of the circle.
“Put your left foot in, put your left foot out, put your left foot in, and shake it all about…”
Dance around, and don’t let the balloon hit the floor while the music is playing!
Turn your body into instruments. Try tapping your legs or clapping your hands.
Preschoolers can make a silly sound or beat and have you try to copy the sound or beat.
Blow some bubbles and enjoy some music and movement for preschoolers. Play music and have your preschooler pop the bubbles as he moves and dances to the music.
Movement and Music for Preschoolers
It doesn’t have to be complicated when it comes to music and movement for preschoolers. Turn on some music and let your little one dance and move. For more structured music and movement, look for songs that have directions in the song.