Our toddler guides, Ms. Lette and Ms. Lilian share more about their journey to The Montessori Event and their topic, Let’s Sing and Move–Bringing Music into your Everyday Routines, which they will present at the 2023 conference in March.
Last year, we had the opportunity to attend The Montessori Event in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a fantastic and truly inspiring experience for us. It was our first time attending the event, and we were impressed by the diverse group of attendees from all over the world.
We had the opportunity to participate in various sessions and hear from a variety of speakers, which provided a wealth of learning opportunities. We were able to take what we learned and apply it in our classroom as well as share our insights and knowledge with our colleagues, which was rewarding.
The reason we submitted a proposal to present at The Montessori Event is that we are both deeply passionate about the Montessori Philosophy, and wanted to share our knowledge and insights on this topic with others in the Montessori community. By sharing our experiences and perspectives, we can help to contribute to the ongoing conversation about Montessori education.
We put a lot of thought into it. We knew we wanted to choose a topic that aligned with the Montessori belief in fostering a child’s development. The Montessori approach to music education has always fascinated us, and we knew immediately that this would be a topic we would want to present. Music plays an essential role in the development of children and that it is a powerful tool that can be used to support various aspects of a child’s growth, including language development, movement, socialization, and emotional development.
We noticed that the children in our classrooms responded positively to music and that it had a profound effect on their development. When we played music during work time, it helped to create a calm and focused environment for the children. Incorporating songs and fingerplays into our language lessons helped enhance the children’s language development. We also observed that music helped support socialization and emotional development, as the children would often engage in singing and dancing together.
Personally, music has been a powerful tool for us as educators. It helps us to create a positive and engaging environment in the classroom and allows us to connect with the children on an emotional level and support their development. We believe that music is a universal language that can be used to support all aspects of a child’s growth.
Incorporating culturally diverse music for infants and toddlers is important because it helps expose children to a wide range of musical styles and cultural experiences.
This approach aligns with the Montessori principle of Cosmic Education, which aims to provide children with a sense of their place in the world. For example, in our presentation, we will incorporate music from different cultures, such as Native American lullabies, African rhythms, Latino rhythms, and European melodies. By listening to and participating in these different styles of music, children can develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity in the world.
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