Since last week’s class, Child A’s Mum had contacted me to update me on his musical progress that he has been making in his everyday homelife. She took Child A and older sibling to a Southbank Sinfonia concert at Cadogan Hall at the weekend. This was a performance of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, with comments between movements to make it appealing to a 5-11 year old audience.
Child A concentrated extremely well, more so during the music than the comments, perhaps unsurprisingly, and he alternated between listening, pretending to play a stringed instrument (his older sibling plays the viola), and in the forte (loud) and spirited sections, conducting the orchestra. He has been conducting orchestras to played and imaginary music ever since.
She also noted the fact that Child A now sings to himself on the way to Nursery. He is taken in his buggy to his siblings’ school and she often sings to him on the way. He is always keen to choose the song for her to sing and in the last couple of days, he has sung to himself along the way.
Following this in class, we sat in a circle as usual to sing the Hello song, patting knees to the beat as usual with Child A copying me once I had demonstrated this. The next song was a call and response activity called ‘Clap your hands’ which helps to develop physical co-ordination and pulse. Child A preferred to observe and copied the physical movements with the aid of his Childminder of which we did both sitting and standing.
The next song was ‘Beehive’ which is quite familiar to Child A from coming regularly to the classes. This song teaches young children about the environment and also involves some numeracy skills because of the counting to five before the bees leave the hive. This week I had an empty jar of honey with a bee toy inside, so everytime I opened the jar the bee would escape which Child A found very amusing. The actvity for this song was to let out the bee at the end of the song, after counting to five which Child A was able to do without any assistance. It should be noted that opening the jar also develops his fine motor skills.
We then had a rhyme called ‘Soft Kitten’, which is also familiar to Child A and features exploratory play by stroking soft texture. We turned this into a cat and dog chasing game as those are popular in class and explore taking turns and role play.
Before request time, we finished off with a regular song called ‘See Saw’ which is a rocking song to build awareness for pitch levels and pulse. Child A kept pulling his Childminder to the floor when they had to stand. I am noticing that Child A is speaking a lot more each week and during the class he pointed to the ceiling in the hall and said “car” which may be because he heard a car go past. He speaks to his Childminder when he wants to choose a song to sing at the end. We used bells at this point which are also very popular with Child A which he used to wave to me during the Goodbye song.