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Week of the Young Child: Music Monday

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If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.

Lauren Myracle

Young children and music are natural partners. Activities that incorporate music and movement stimulate the brain and improve coordination. Children explore and use instruments to add to the music experience or begin to create their own. Music also has emotional qualities that can affect our feelings and offer a different way to express emotions. Music helps the body and mind work together, reinforcing large and small motor skills.

In Kari Palmer’s classroom at Beyer Early Childhood Center, the children look forward to ending their week with a music activity. Here’s what Kari said about her students’ music experience: “Each week we have music on Fridays right before dismissal. I get the musical instruments out and we play the instruments to instrumental music. Each week I switch up the instrumental music, so they can be exposed to different beats and different cultural music. They really enjoy Music Fridays. The wood sticks are a favorite.”

Interested in learning more about RPS 205 Early Childhood opportunities for children birth to age 5? Visit or call the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office at 815-229-2103.

This blog post is part of a series celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to focus public attention on early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities.

Hillary Harris

Hillary Cook-Harris

Hillary Cook-Harris is the Director of Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment. Hillary joined RPS 205 in November 2019 after relocating from Michigan. She has been an Early Childhood educator and director for more than 25 years.

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