|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
A song is chosen for the group to sing together unaccompanied. This encourages the children to:
- have the confidence to sing out loud and gives them the chance to experience structured melody and timing.
- develop the skills associated with singing – pitch, rhythm and lyrics in particular.
- learn new vocabulary and embed new words through repetition and actions
- Your own voice! (You can use the MAD Academy music for back-up, if needed!)
How it works
Every 2/6 weeks you choose a different song to teach the group. The same song will be used and repeated each week for between 2 and 6 weeks. Sing the song once through with adults and yourself joining in. Then repeat the song and encourage the adults to sing quietly so you can really hear the children’s voices. Walkers – 2 don’t generally sing but they do like this activity and do gain from it.
What to do in the class
Ensure the children are seated and focussed on you. Do simple actions to accompany the song to help jog their memory of the words. Once they have mastered one song over the course of a few weeks, move on to another. Occasionally go back and do a song learnt earlier in the term and this repetition will help them to build up a repertoire. The adults should start the children off and gradually fade-out their voices, encouraging the children to sing up and recall the words and tune themselves.
Adaptations for older/younger children
Older children can sometimes like to do a solo. Try giving them a toy microphone to sing into. This only works well with smaller groups though as would take too long with more than around eight children.
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation required.
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- Wind the Bobbin Up
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- Old MacDonald