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The Magic of Music: using music for early years education

As a childminder, planning educational and fun activities to engage children throughout the day you have the ideal opportunity to include music and movement. By using music for early years education, you can ensure the children in your care gain the maximum brain boosting benefits!

With many years of experience, Boogie Mites have created several music and movement packs which intend to support early years carers and practitioners. They allow you to make the most of your day; extending and exploring themes creatively and spontaneously. Music is a great platform to encourage development in early years, it covers all areas of learning and development that early years practitioners deliver. 
 

Music supports personal, social, emotional development

Regular opportunities for a rich and varied music experience in early years, both in groups and at home, will build their confidence in many ways.

It provides a great tool for encouraging self-expression and as an inclusive uplifting activity that can be accessed by all children, at whatever stage of development, it builds self-esteem.

Music supports communication and language

Music helps children to tune in, it activates all areas of the brain. Tuning children in is vital for learning. Once we have their attention, music can develop aural processing and the neural responses that are the basis for communication and understanding.

By tuning children into the rhythm of language, through music, from birth, we are helping them to hear the patterns of sounds that we know as words and phrases. Understanding and responding comes later with practise: repetition, repetition, repetition.

Music supports physical development

Music makes us move! And of course, our music and movement activities have a direct impact on physical development. They are energetic, some songs getting everyone on their feet and developing their gross motor skills as they explore the movement of their body, others using fine motor skills by handling instruments. But these motor skills, their balance, and their coordination are just the beginning.

The songs can also teach children how to stay physically healthy in a fun and memorable way. Songs about nutrition (the importance of fruits and vegetables), brushing teeth, the health of the planet, self-care and exploring the outdoors can be found in our repertoire.

Music supports literacy

Strong phonological awareness in early years education is widely recognised as important for a strong foundation for literacy. Research shows that children with the strongest phonological awareness when starting school are the strongest readers and writers by age 7.

Music supports maths

Music, like maths, is built on sequences and patterns. Children will develop mathematical thinking as they take part and respond to these sequences and patterns by counting, keeping the beat, moving and playing with different rhythms.

In action songs, we use positional language, such as ‘high’, ‘low’, ‘more than’, ‘less than’ which contributes to their understanding and communication of mathematical thinking. All of these skills will develop through regular music practise anytime, anywhere, with any prop or home-made instrument (or just your bodies)!

Music supports knowledge & understanding of the world

Our songs cover diverse topics. For example, animals, from the bugs and worms in the garden to a fish’s journey in the sea, and human experiences, through cultures and countries in the world and their traditional genres of music.

Discover how you might arrive at a destination half way around the world and the animals that you might find there… the noises they make and the colour of their skin/ feathers. Research and experience tell us that if you want the message to stick, say it with music. In the home, you can explore these themes through other activities linking to the song, extending their knowledge around the topic.

Music supports creativity

Children are inherently curious and imaginative – they are constantly exploring the world in which they live. Their creativity has a huge part to play in that. It is their interpretation of what they are experiencing!

Heuristic play is so important. Whether through role-playing, creating their own actions, dancing, or even inserting their own lyrics into a song. However, they respond to music, they are stretching and moulding their minds through their confidence and creativity.

Boogie Mites have recently released a new product: Boogie Mites at Home (BM@H). Made up of a series of categories, each includes: 5 MP3 songs, 5 MP4 videos, lyrics and notes for themed activities (notes are EYFS only). Perfect for planning.

We would love to get some feedback from childminders working in their home, and in return we will give you a second category of BM@H for free! The first three categories have been released:

  1. Around the World
  2. Action Songs
  3. In the Garden

If you buy one of the above categories, we will give you a second for free if you send feedback to louise@boogiemites.co.uk Each category costs £10.00.

Some of you may be aware that Boogie Mites offer Childminders a 50% discount on our practitioner programme packs, which are for use in a public business setting. If you would like to know more about Boogie Mites and their music resources for early development, visit their website.

BM@H is a parent product for use in the home and we are opening this product for Childminders to use within their business offer at the parent price of £10 per category. We do hope that you will share feedback (and photos) with us.

If you’d like to see us in action, take a look at our YouTube channel, where you can find videos of our licensees leading BM sessions in nurseries, family workshops and training courses.

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