“Ohhhhhhhh plant¬† a watermelon upon my grave and let the juice (slurp slurp) seep through!¬† Plant a water melon upon my grave that’s all I ask of you.¬† Oh, mama makes chicken, she makes it mighty fine, but nothing taste better than a watermelon vine.¬† Oh, plant a watermelon upon my grave and let the juice (slurp slurp) seep through!”
Children LOVE music!! The song above was my personal childhood favorite!¬† I used to sing it, dance to it, play it on my cassette player, (WAY before we had CD’s to play!), and I especially loved to make instruments and play them to the watermelon song!
Sadly, I’ve been in preschool classrooms lately where there are no musical instruments out for the children to create music with during free-play or center time.¬† When asked why no instruments are available I’m usually told there are instruments in storage but they just are not out in a center at the time.¬† Sometimes I’m told by teachers that they don’t put instruments out on a regular basis for fear the children will get bored with them or that they are just too loud.
According to an article, The Benefits of Music on Child Development, by Jovanka Ciares and Paul Borgese, in addition to improving creativity, learning music cultivates concentration, coordination, relaxation, patience, and self-confidence.¬† Providing instruments for exploration of music supports the development of these skills, and so many others.¬† Instead of providing instruments sometimes as a special event, consider making them available everyday. You can rotate which instruments you make available if you are concerned that the children may get bored with them.
There is a blog post at Excellence in Early Childhood Education by Deborah Stewart , that provides a phenomenal¬† list of ideas of what to put in a music center.¬† A preschool classroom of high quality will make sure some of these materials are available every single day, and as far as the noise goes, a really good preschool teacher knows the noise is an essential component to learning.
All together now, “Oh plant a watermelon upon my grave…”
Photo on Flickr by Denzil
[This post relates to NAEYC standard 2, Curriculum]