The Week of the Young Child is a week-long celebration of early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Each day of the week is dedicated to a specific theme that highlights the unique talents, abilities, and needs of young children.
- Choose a song and have your students paint to the music. Talk about the paintings and see how the music influenced their art.
- Give your students drums, empty containers, or boxes to use as drums. Let them use glow sticks as their drumsticks and dim the classroom lights for a musical light show.
- Ask local community members to come to host “Show and Play” at your school. You can ask music shop owners, local musicians, or even parents to come show instruments and play for the students.
- Incorporate TXAEYC’s Music Monday videos into your lesson plan! Watch together as a class and explore from there!
Step it Up! (Texas Together): So many styles of music and musicians are from Texas. Explore the different languages, styles, and histories of these musicians. For a wide range, we suggest Scott Joplin, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Brave Combo, and Selena.
Book Suggestions: Because by Mo Willems, I Got the Rhythm! by Connie Schofield-Morrison, Plinka Plinka Shake Shake by Emma Garcia (board book), Sing with Me / Canta Conmigo: Six Classic Songs in English and Spanish by José-Luis Orozco (bilingual English/Spanish)
Music for Growing by Daniel Tiger, Music from PBS’ “What’s Good”, The Science of Music and Sound Lesson Plan from PBS’ “What’s Good”, Music from Peru by Smithsonian Music, Teaching and Learning with Hip Hop Culture from NAEYC, Experiencias Musicales from NAEYC, Musical Nature from Time Magazine for Kids
*Information provided by TXAEYC.