Techniques for Presenting Songs and Fingerplays to Younger Students

While most teachers enjoy having music in the classroom, it can be a daunting task to plan, introduce, and perform new songs. Deborah J. Stewart, an early childhood education professional, not only provides CDs and other resources for those who don't want to be the center of attention during singing, but a great 'road map' for presenting songs and fingerplays to young students. All you have to do is follow her S-I-M-P-L-E method.

  • Say & Sing - In this step you emphasize the rhyme and rhythm of the song.
  • Instruments - Using instruments will excite your students and inspire them to participate.
  • Movement & Motion - By getting involved physically, your students will stay engaged in the process, think about words or phrases in a different way, and store memory cues.
  • Practice & Prepare - Taking time to get to know the words and motions will allow you to be confident when teaching it to your students.
  • Listen & Learn - Encourage your students to pick out certain elements. First have them listen for and identify the words that rhyme. Next, have them identify the rhythm, tapping or clapping the song with you.
  • Excite & Enthuse - Your students pick up on your mood. If you're excited about tackling this exercise, your students will mimic your enthusiasm!

For an a more in-depth look at Stewart's method, be sure to check out her full post at Teaching Tiny Tots!

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