THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF IMAGINATIVE MUSICAL PLAY IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

Stories and Musical Play go hand in hand. We have been using the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” each week this term with our children 2-5 years. Parents have reported that their children have been inspired to recreate this story in so many ways. One family had their coffee table transformed into a cave with a blanket placed over the top to make the cave. The children acted out this story every night before bed time and started adding their own sequences to the story.

Another family created their own story, “We’re Going on a Beach Hunt”. They found a cave, imagined that there was a bear, and collected sticks, shells, colourful stones and driftwood treasure, which they took home to add to their musical sounds treasure box.

Yet another family had a Bear Hunt as their birthday party theme. They had a birthday cake with a Bear on top, they had a teddy bears’ picnic and played several of my teddy bear songs including “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and “I’ve Got a Teddy Bear”.

Such play extends children’s creative thinking, problem solving, language development, rhythmic patterning and musical skills. When families join in such play it builds special bonds and memories that can last a lifetime.

© Julie Wylie, 2017


Testimonials

It is true that you can’t get enough of a good thing. My daughter fell in love with Julie Wylie’s Musical Play classes and at home she would “practise” with great gusto what she learned week to week. Her enjoyment of the songs, the actions that accompany them and the playing of instruments filled much of her time and from her bedroom we could hear her “being Julie”, in full voice!!

So naturally Julie’s DVD’s and CD’s were  a must have for Clara-Jane!!

The Julie Wylie Musical Journeys DVD quickly became the most played DVD in our home. For Clara-Jane to be able to watch, participate and learn, whenever she wanted to, in the comfort of her own home,  just added to her love of Julie’s programme.

The DVD is beautifully put together. Presented by the very tutors that the children already have a warm connection to, and featuring songs that are already familiar makes it highly accessible. The learning is in context and it beautifully complements the learning in class. Even the much-loved Oscar the clown, who opens and closes each class, is present. Clara-Jane just loves watching the children as they, so naturally, and in everyday locations  doing everyday activities, find fun and pleasure in things musical.

I have to admit that I equally enjoy the DVD. It is engaging, encouraging, and undeniably catchy. Neither Clara-Jane nor I have tired of it and we have played it literally hundreds of times.

Perhaps the best testament to just how appealing the DVD is became clear when Clara-Jane was unwell following her immunizations and she took to her bed. The only thing she wanted was to do was watch “Julie on TV”, and even feeling under the weather  she still sang the tunes!!

Julie’s CD’s also enjoy huge “play time” in our home and in our cars. It simply would not be Christmas without the “Sing Merry Christmas” CD which is a wonderful combination of children’s favourites, old and new, and rich traditional carols. To hear our daughter singing songs she had never heard before, adding her own (hilarious) actions and then creating “Christmas concerts” for us to enjoy is priceless. “When Santa Came Down The Chimney” is a favourite and like many of the songs, it captured her imagination. A great feature of Julie’s CD’s is the fact that many songs are sung by children, making them relevant and accessible for young listeners.

The joy Julie’s DVD’s and CD’s have brought into our daughter’s life is matched only by the learning they have fostered. Quite simply they bring Julie’s programme to life for any child, whether they are fortunate enough to attend Julie’s classes or not. They have played a significant role in Clara-Jane’s life and learning and they have given us huge pleasure as we watch her growing appreciation and love of music.

Sarah Long, Parent
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