There is so much research behind the power of a multi-sensory approach in the classroom. I remember learning in college how motivating and engaging music is to children. They promote rhyme and rhythm. I immediately went out and bought a keyboard because it was going to be used everyday in my classroom.
It has never been used.
I don't know what happened. Somehow the music got lost.
But Jennifer reminded me of the importance that music plays in our little ones' lives. I witnessed it again this year when my partner Jess introduced a shape song and a doubles fact song. I would catch them singing these songs ALL the time and pretty soon they were also stuck in my head.
A few weeks after this realization, Rock N Learn contacted me about trying out their Musical DVDs that are skill based. How odd that this opportunity arose when it did!! I jumped at the chance to add more music into our lessons.
After viewing these different DVDs, Jess and I decided that the time songs would be most beneficial to our firsties at this time in the year. In first grade, we study time to the hour and half hour. Immediately, I examined the table of contents for the DVD. I really liked the way that they have time skills broken up. It allowed us to show only what was needed and not the entire video.
The DVD teaches the skills with animated characters, songs, a rhythm, but also a lot of practice. The video visually shows what it means to be half past the hour. Modeling and explaining the different positions of the hands on the clock provided an excellent support to the lesson that we were teaching.
The DVD provided us with a quick, efficient, and engaging review but also a multi-sensory support to our lessons.
After we tried these video clips out, we have decided to begin the year off with the addition and subtraction Rock N Learn DVD. It will provide another support to our little learners.
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