At Providence Day Care Centre, we use music and songs to foster various aspects of a child’s physical, linguistic, social and emotional development. Music connects us with a range of emotions, and harmonizes moods and feelings while enhancing mental and physical well-being.
We can all recall the songs from our childhood, those we listened to repeatedly in adolescence, and those with which we now choose to enhance our lives. Their lyrics, melodies and rhythms evoke feelings of well-being. That is why we use music at our centre, not just to help children have teachable moments in the learning circle (new vocabulary words, etc.), but to evoke feelings and emotions throughout the day.
Whether through tunes to make them move their bodies, dance and spin, or gentle melodies at nap time, music helps us interact with children. It can exert a calming influence, or inspire them to get up and dance. Music is used to ease transition periods, keep track of the daily schedule, defuse conflicts, and begin the day’s next activity (i.e. tidying up, outdoor play, snack time, etc.) in a pleasant and fun environment.
We also have the privilege of working with families where the children have no knowledge of French. These families come to Canada from other countries, enriching our communities and enhancing our personal and professional growth. Our experience clearly demonstrates that children exposed to a learning environment that includes daily music and songs are more successful at mastering French – in both comprehension and expression.
Music is a joyful experience that can make us smile, sing, dance, move and swing to its rhythms, no matter what our age.
Written by Jacynthe Bergeron, RECE and her team