You can introduce comparison games by inviting children to listen and create the opposite sound or beat of what you are making. Then ask them to make the opposite sound. Create a slow beat on a drum or clap it. Invite children to walk to the beat, matching their steps to the steady sound. Then do the opposite, a fast beat. How will they move to this beat?
Pass out rhythm instruments and encourage children to explore the variety of sounds they can make. You might ask, "Can you make a soft sound? A loud sound? A fast beat?
Promoting Literacy Through Music
A slow beat? Then enjoy a comparison song with children, such as the following: "Make Music Softly" to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin? Change the verses to create new comparisons. Try clapping slowly, then fast, or sing low then high. Add movements to your comparisons activity by playing an "opposites" game that invites children to physically explore the mathematical comparisons of high and low, fast and slow, up and down, and big and little.
Encourage them to make high movements and then have them do the opposite. Sorting and categorizing are important early-math skills. Children can sort sounds by timbre. Plastic, wood, and metal sounds all have a different quality or timbre of sound. Invite children to sort the classroom rhythm instruments by timbre. Then use them to accompany a favorite song. Use an old favorite song such as "The Wheels on the Bus" - children can use the different parts of the bus wheels, windshield wipers, horns, and so on. Change the words of "Old MacDonald Built a House" and ask children to sort and match each of the different types of sounds for each verse.
What instruments could make the sound of a hammer, a paintbrush, a saw?
20 Fun Music Games for the Classroom
Patterning is another important component of math - and music consists of patterns. The beat is the compelling part of music for children. The beginning stage of patterning is echoing. Much like in the earlier stage of matching, children repeat a rhythm or a melody by clapping or singing. The difference is that there is a longer sequence for children to hear, learn, remember, and repeat. Can you do two things at once? How about walk and keep rhythm pattern going? This is a great "next step" for children to take as they explore the pattern of a rhythmic phrase with their bodies.
You'll all know many wonderful counting songs. Why do they work so well? Because instead of having children count by memorization and rote, the songs encourage children to count to a beat, a tune, a motion, or all of the above. Rhythm is the ultimate and most compelling counting object! Songs such as "Caught a Fish Alive" not only count up to 10 but follow tones up a scale, thus reinforcing the counting and adding one experience.
Many jump rope and ball-bouncing chants involve counting up the number line as well "One Potato, Two Potato" or "Cinderella Dressed in Red".
The Importance Of Music In The Development Of Toddlers
These rhymes and songs help connect the beat with an action and the numerals. Some songs invite children to count backward subtract instead of forward add - seemingly a difficult thing to do at such a young age, but in the context of a song, children are able to "take away one" quite easily. There were ten in a bed and the little one said, "Roll over, Roll over!
There were nine in the bed Make it experiential! Invite children to dramatize the song "Ten in a Bed" and watch as they enjoy the physical experience of "subtracting" as they roll over and "fall out of bed. When should you be making the connection between music and math with children? If you are comfortable with singing and moving, the answer is Make the music - math connection during transition times, outdoors on the playground, while cooking or eating snack, and in your learning centers. All the while you'll be laying the foundation for the development of math skills - with a little rhythm.
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