Harmonize Your Classroom: Amplifying Success with Music!
Welcome back, incredible educators! As the summer break comes to an end, it’s time to ignite your passion and gear up for a brand-new school year. Get ready to create a vibrant and engaging learning environment that will have your kindergarten through second-grade students buzzing with enthusiasm. This year, let’s tap into the power of music and discover how it can transform your classroom into an extraordinary symphony of learning and growth!
Set the Tone with a Musical Welcome:
From the first day of school, as your students enter the classroom, let the cheerful melody of “Start the Day With a Smile” by Miss Jenny greet them. Use additional songs like “Be a Good Friend,” “Time to Clean,” and “Please Listen Quietly” to create a positive, friendly atmosphere. Not only will this create a warm and inviting ambiance, but it will also help ease any first-day jitters. Don’t forget to “End the Day With a Smile“– every day!
Teach the Science of Reading With Songs PLUS Miss Jenny’s NEW Early Reading Success program!
Use Miss Jenny’s Early Phonics, Phonics Time, and Advanced Phonics songs to teach the Science of Reading. Note that Miss Jenny also offers an Early Reading Success Systematic Instruction Program–designed especially for students who are learning to begin blending letters and sounds, available HERE. Her Early Reading Success Professional Development Course focuses on K-2 concepts and is available HERE.
Learn EVERY SINGLE MATH STANDARD
Miss Jenny has created songs to teach ALL Kindergarten and First Grade math standards. “Circles Go Round and Round” is a great way to introduce geometry. Children can make shapes in the air as they sing. Start counting to 10 with “10 Playful Puppies,” and introduce the numbers to 100 with “100 Days of School.” “Butterfly Addition” and “Butterfly Subtraction” are great ways to introduce addition and subtraction concepts to early learners.
Energize Learning with Music
We all know that young children are bursting with energy, so why not channel that energy into a productive and enjoyable learning experience? Incorporate music and movement activities throughout the day to engage students and enhance their understanding. Teach concepts through catchy songs or rhymes, encouraging active participation. Click on “September” in the Dee Dee Wills/Miss Jenny collection for September-themed songs including “Time for School,” “Apples,” “A Sticky Situation,” and “Family.”
Boost Memory and Recall
with Mnemonic Songs:
Mnemonic songs are a fantastic tool for helping students remember important information. Simple tunes aid in memorizing spelling, math, and scientific concepts. The power of music enhances memory retention and creates a joyful approach to learning. Your students will be amazed at how easily they can recall information when it’s set to a catchy tune! ABC Fun is a quick way to preview all letters and sounds in one 2-minute song. Also, use this chant during direct instruction and review lessons. “100 Numbers” is great for previewing, teaching, and reviewing counting as well as concepts contained within the 100’s chart. Learn about ocean animals and more with Miss Jenny’s Science Songs.
Cultivate a Sense of Community with Collaborative Performances:
Unleash the power of teamwork and camaraderie by organizing collaborative musical performances. Help your students prepare a song or a short musical skit to be performed for their peers, parents, or the school community. This not only builds their confidence but also fosters a sense of belonging and unity. Music has a magical way of bringing people together, and these performances will be cherished memories for everyone involved. The Deedee Wills/Miss Jenny collection contains many great options–from “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to “Higglety Pigglety Pop.” “Be a Good Friend” is a favorite among K-2 performances as well.
with Musical Rewards:
Recognize your student’s hard work and achievements by incorporating musical rewards. For instance, when a student reaches a learning goal, allow them to choose their favorite song to play during a designated celebration time. This encourages a sense of accomplishment and motivates others to strive for success. The joy and excitement of music will infuse your classroom with positivity and inspire students to reach new heights.
As you embark on this new school year, embrace the incredible impact that music can have on your student’s learning journey. Let the rhythm and melodies guide you as you create a classroom environment that nurtures creativity, collaboration, and a deep love for knowledge. With the power of music, you have the ability to transform ordinary moments into extraordinary ones, leaving a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of your students. So, let the music play, and let the magic unfold in your classroom! Remember, you are the conductor of your students’ symphony of growth and success. Embrace the rhythm, inspire young minds, and make this school year the most harmonious and joyful one yet.
“From pop, to rock, to reggae, to swing, children love to learn as they sing!”
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