"There should be music..."
On a normal Monday, I could walk down the halls of WSMS and hear music all around.
Individual children create music on the bells, tone bars, and piano. Groups of children love to sing, and each guide has created a notebook with the lyrics to well-known favorites and the many lesser-known songs that s/he has taught the children during their years together. Elementary children rehearse for their annual spring opera and winter choral concert.
In addition to creating music, children have ample opportunities to listen to and learn to appreciate music. Each environment has a selection of recorded music for walking, skipping, and even running on the line.* In the gym, we play CDs of children's music from around the world. During lunch, a wide variety of musical genres are played in the background. As the younger children drift off to nap, soft classical lullabies can be heard.
On very special days, we get a real treat. Mrs. Lim, our Director of Childcare, is a talented pianist, and we all love to hear her play. We're so grateful to her for creating and sharing this performance from her home.
What are some of your favorite songs to sing with your children at home? Do you play instruments together? Let us know in the comments!
*"Walking on the line" is a core Montessori work. Dr. Montessori noticed, during her extensive observation of children's behaviors, that children love to walk along logs, curbs, and other narrow or wobbly objects that challenge their balance. To recreate that experience indoors, each environment has a large ellipse outlined on the floor with blue tape. Children use the ellipse to master balance, coordination, and muscle control. Our playground includes similar challenges, including a balance beam, log steps, and a small arched bridge.