HOOPS FOR SPATIAL AWARENESS AND MUSICAL PLAY

Hoops are a wonderful music prop and can be used in so many creative ways within musical play for circle dancing, spatial awareness, understanding prepositions such as up, down, in out, through, under/over.
We have been singing the children’s ideas such as being in our space ships, rocket, bus, pirate ship.
We have been composing our own individual tunes which Tamara accompanies on the flute. As children move up and down the 5 note or octave of hoops, they choose which “notes” to play. These notes are sung and played as the child moves slowly/quickly, thus reinforcing children’s innate musicality, listening, watching, waiting, creativity and building their self esteem. Every child’s idea is valued, there is no right or wrong way to play.
Parents report that their child is singing and playing music games all the time at home. They regularly involve the family and delight in being the leader.
© Julie Wylie, 22 June 2017

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Throughout my course of study in Play Therapy and Musical Play, I have had some of the most memorable and valuable teaching and learning experiences with the children. I have learnt to facilitate their learning in a way that inspires the children’s inner most confidence and creativity. I am more aware of the children’s emotions and have greater rapport with the children because I have learnt to listen, observe and acknowledge them for who they truly are. Julie and Alex provided an encouraging curriculum that supported my journey in Play Therapy and Musical Play. Our skype meetings made me feel confident, and the professional conversations had were inspiring and motivating. This course is a must do for all professionals who engage in early childhood education!

Megan Manson, Primary School Teacher, Melbourne
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