School-age 2

Expressing Feelings through Music
January 2020

 

This month, the children showed their interest in expressing their feelings by listening to different genres of music. By expressing their feelings using their own body language, the children were able to develop their social skills and to feel a sense of expression.

 

Children dancing

 

This month, when the school age 2 children came inside for their indoor learning experience, they had a chance to engage in dance time with our educator, Jennifer. The educator selected different genres of music in consideration of the children’s mood. At times, the class had a chance to listen to slow and quiet music, but at other times, the class listened to cheerful and upbeat music. While listening to the music, the children had an opportunity to express their feeling using their own body language.


While engaging in the dance time, some of our children like to take advantage of their classroom environment. They incorporate some props they could find in the room such as scarves and chairs, etc. for expressing their feelings. Eventually, this dance time led into musical chair activity. The children brought the chairs to the carpet and arranged them in a circle shape. With music, they danced and walked around the chairs. When the music stopped, the children found a place to sit. However, when two children tried to sit on the same chair simultaneously, there was a problem to solve. At the beginning, there was a little bit of an argument and the game was delayed which made some of the children frustrated. However, Matvey, Tiago, and Kayla suggested playing Rock, Paper, and Scissors to solve the problem. Anybody who wanted to sit in the spot at the same time needed to play Rock, Paper, and Scissors. This solution, created by the children, was helpful to facilitate the game in a more efficient way. Also, through this experience, the children were able to think of different ways of solving problems and learning how to follow the rules of the game.


When the children became the final winners, they seemed to be very excited with their achievement. In particular, Tiago and Matvey could not help themselves from expressing their joy of winning. They ran around the classroom with their big smile and cheering.


The Ministry of Education (2014) organized four foundational conditions for children’s learning and development which are Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression (p. 7). By listening to music and freely expressing their feelings and ideas with their own body language, the children were able to feel senses of emotional well-being and expression. Also, by engaging in activities with their peers who have different cultural background and characteristics, the children were able to develop their social skills and feel a sense of belonging within the small community they belong to. How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014) adds that when children have an ample opportunity to explore music and movement, their imaginative and creative expression can occur (p.42). We believe that encouraging the creative expression of feelings helps children’s learning and enhances their creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills (Ministry of Education, 2014, p. 42). By encouraging the children to express their feelings with music, the educators are able to help them relieve their stress at the end of their day and ignite all areas of development.

 

 

 

 

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