Early childhood educators know the value of music in their classrooms. Music contributes to the academic environment in ways that positively impact the whole child. Early childhood music education, using math songs for preschoolers, has a powerful impact on the development of foundational mathematical skills and thought processes.
Interactive Music Has an Even Stronger Impact
Interactive music is a powerful tool for early childhood learning. By interacting physically with the subject matter, children develop a lasting familiarity with the preschool math concepts like Numbers, patterns, proportions, and ratios.
The children will be moving their bodies while they explore preschool math concepts. They will compare sizes, learn shapes, recognize differences, count numbers and experience spacial relationships.
Music is Math
Using shakers, scrapers, bells, triangles and drums the children will play counting songs, different and same rhythm patterns and tell a musical story about walking through the woods to Grandmother’s House.
When children interact with music it causes the neurons in the brain to activate. Pathways are created that are also used during complexe spacial reasoning. The more these pathways are used the stronger they become and the easier it is to access them. This has a direct effect on skills like: the understanding of spacial relationships, language and literacy, cognition, gross and fine motor skills as well as many others.
The Impact of Music on Mathematics Achievement
Aspects of development addressed in this module:
- Self Regulation
- Attention Maintenance
- Purposeful Movement
- Engagement and Persistence
- Shared Use of Space and Materials
- Relationships and Social Interactions with Adults and Peers
- Cooperation with Adults and Peers
- Spacial Relationships
- Language and Literacy Development
- Social Emotional Development
- English Language Development
- Gross Motor Manipulative Skills
- Gross Locomotor Movement Skills
- Fine Motor Manipulative Skills
- Performing Arts: Music, Drama/Dance