3 Startlingly Simple Ways To Incorporate Music In Your Pre-School Homeschool
Most parents I know think that in order to give their child a musical education they have to pay for costly private lessons.
As a music teacher and a mom I’m here to tell you that simply isn’t the case.
On the contrary there are a variety of opportunities for you in your homeschool and throughout your daily routine to incorporate musical activities.
Tap the Beat
Whether it is grocery shopping, Sunday worship or simply relaxing listening to the radio, there are many occasions during which you will hear music play in the background.
If your pre-schooler is with you at that time, tap the beat and invite him to join in.
Better still if your child is younger and you are carrying him or holding him in some way you can tap the beat on his shoulder or body, which will help him develop an understanding of recognising a steady beat in any melody.
High and Low Notes
You don’t need access to a musical instrument as such to introduce a child to high and low notes, on the contrary you can change the inflection in your voice when speaking to your child, or reading to him and this will help him understand and ever explore the different vocal ranges and tones.
Consistently doing this will not only help your child to develop an ear for tonality but also gives the additional benefit of literacy development, when done while reading out loud.
Rhythm and Nonsense
Instead of singing your child’s favourite tunes with the words of the song, you make up nonsensical words and sounds and sing it to the rhythm of their favourite tune.
This will bring out lots of fun and laughter in the child but will also enable the child to identify rhythms without the corresponding words.
As the days go by, move away from favourite tunes and try different tunes that the child is familiar with and ask him to name a similar song that he knows and you will see that now he makes the connection and is able to identify different tunes and melodies easily.
Not only would this exercise help your child with rhythm recognition, but as the days go by, you will see him substituting his own words to different rhythms and thus creating his own melodies and rhymes.
For more ideas on how you can incorporate music into your child’s homeschool routine, visit my resource library and download the document, Pre-School Homeschool Music Activities For the Ordinary Parent.