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April 30, 2010
Dr. Jean has released this song and video on youtube for teachers and parents to enjoy with their children.
Watch top left corner for a link to the lyrics around 42 seconds. All of Dr. Jean's music is available on iTunes. This song is on the CD set Better Bodies and Brains.The song is available on iTunes and Amazon.
You learn on your feet, not on your seat! When children move, dance, and wiggle, more senses are activated and the message is more likely to get to the brain. Music and movement also emit endorphins which make you happy. These activities are great for cardio, eye-hand coordination, flexibility, strength, and children's BRAINS! Children will also develop body spatial awareness, cooperation, self-control, social skills, and they will learn to listen and follow directions. It feels good to feel good, and when children feel good their behavior improves! See more at drjean.org
Here are the top ten reasons to SING every day!
1. When you sing your brain emits endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! Emotions are critical to learning.
2. Music is multi-sensory. The more senses you get going to the brain, the more likely the message will get there.
3. Music is powerful for prior-learning. If children are exposed to concepts while singing, it is easier for them to learn when formally introduced.
4. Music nurtures phonemic awareness (alliteration, rhyme, etc.).
5. Songs and chants are a natural way to develop oral language and auditory memory.
6. Poems and songs lay a foundation for fluency and enhance short term memory.
7. Children are able to use their imaginations and create pictures in their brains when they sing. This is an important part of reading comprehension.
8. Repetition is a key to learning. It is much more fun to repeat songs than worksheets!
9. Singing and dancing relieve stress and oxygenate the brain.
10. Through music and movement ALL children can feel successful. A “community of learners” is enhanced when teachers and children enjoy something together!
There was a study that was reported on National Public Radio called “Alive Inside.” In the research study they made iPods of songs that had a special significance to patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. These patients didn’t recognize family members, but when they heard the music they tapped their feet, sang the words, and smiled! So many things that we do in our classrooms will be forgotten, but the songs will be stored in children’s brains for a lifetime! What a privilege to be able to do this!
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