Director's Column: Upcoming Holiday Sing-along
Invitations to our holiday sing-along were decorated and sent home this week. We have been practicing our holiday songs with our new music teacher, Steve, so you are in for a real treat next Friday! Music is an important part of our preschool day. In addition to being fun and enjoyable, it is an important part of helping children learn and develop all kinds of skills. Songs can help develop listening skills and language skills by introducing new vocabulary, teaching phonetic awareness, and helping children with alliteration. Many songs and fingerplays encourage movement, helping children to practice both gross motor and fine motor skills. Music also helps children develop social skills, cooperating with others when singing together, having the self-confidence to perform in front of a group, and learning that together they can make something that is more than the sum of its parts. Songs also help children remember important concepts. Ask a child what letter comes after “R”, and chances are they will sing the alphabet song to figure it out. Our teachers have used songs to help children remember each other’s names, the days of the week, the months of the year, class routines, and many other things. We can't wait to share some of the songs we've learned at our upcoming sing-along!