by Sue Chehrenegar
When a preschool child puts words to music and creates a song,
then that small child will generally experience a feeling of happiness.
When children are happy, then they feel more positive about themselves.
They are more able to notice just how they can each contribute
to society. That is why every preschool song is important.
Consequently, if you are the instructor at a preschool, then
you will want to teach many different preschool songs. How should
you tackle this task? You first need to be sure that you know
how to sing the song. Practice singing the preschool song that
you want to teach your class with a friend or family member. Concentrate
on learning the rhythm and the melody.
Learning a Preschool Song
Maybe you can get hold of a CD or a tape that contains preschool
songs that you would like to teach to your class. This is an excellent
way for a preschool instructor to learn a new song. By listening
to a song over and over, you can learn any preschool song much
Children, too, will learn a song much faster if they have a
chance to sing it over and over. The teacher of a preschool song
must plan the teaching activity with that goal in mind. Maybe
you want to add to the repetition by introducing some pictorial
reminders of the story that is being related in the preschool
song that the children are learning to sing.
Practicing a Preschool Song
Some preschool songs are most easily taught by having the children
act-out the words of the song as they sing them. This acting can
be done with the whole body, with hand movements, or with finger
plays. Usually the past experience of other preschool instructors
will furnish clues as to which of these approaches is best.
Another wonderful addition to the teaching of a preschool song
is the distribution of some simple instruments. Usually, percussion
instruments are the surest route to a pleasant and fun period
of repeated preschool song making. Prepare or purchase several
sets of wood blocks with a sandpaper covering, one or more tambourines,
hollow cylinders, with sticks for hitting them, at least one empty
coffee can with a plastic lid and one or more triangles.
Do not allow yourself to spend unneeded hours worrying about
how you will teach a preschool song. Remember, children love to
sing. Teaching young children a new preschool song is one of the
easiest jobs that the preschool instructor will be called upon
for Teaching a Preschool Song