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Apr
24
2017
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Today kicks off the Week of the Young Child! Follow along with us all week as we celebrate early learning, young children, their families, and their teachers. Each day has a special theme. Today is Music Monday!

Music is an important tool to help young children learn. It supports language acquisition, math skills, physical development, social and emotional development, and much more. In the school-age child, children who have studied music are known by their parents and teachers as having more discipline, perseverance, work ethic and ability to sit still longer. There are many ways to incorporate music in your daily routines by assigning a special song for certain activities, such as singing the ABC song while washing hands. 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a song to encourage the learning of musical beat while also talking about colors and patterns. Found in "The Patterns of Music", the article also has tips on making an activity work for your unique group of children.

The Color Train

The teacher begins by keeping a steady beat and encourages the children to keep a beat as well.
Chorus (To the tune of “This Train is Bound for Glory.” Can be sung or chanted.)
Here comes the color train, here it comes. (Choo choo)
Here comes the color train, here it comes. (Choo choo)
The color train is here to stay; we line up, line up on the way.
Here comes the color train, here it comes. (Choo choo)
Chant
Looking for a PINK shirt, PINK shirt, PINK shirt.
Looking for a PINK shirt, come line up, come line up.
Looking for a RED shirt, RED shirt, RED shirt.
Looking for a RED shirt, come line up, come line up.
PINK . . . RED . . . (What’s next?) PINK!
Looking for a PINK shirt, PINK shirt, PINK shirt.
Looking for a PINK shirt, come line up, come line up.
PINK . . . RED . . . PINK . . . (What’s next?) RED!
Looking for a RED shirt, RED shirt, RED shirt.
Looking for a RED shirt, come line up, come line up.
PINK, RED, PINK, RED.
Repeat chorus
The line of children can then follow the leader, pretending to be a train. The other children sitting in the group keep the beat, sing the chorus, and observe the pattern.

Also, don't miss NAEYC's selection of songs for Music Monday: http://families.naeyc.org/songs. This year’s song is “One Love,” as performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus. You can record the song with the official lyrics, or make up your own unique version and share it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17. Happy Music Monday!


The first episode of The Raising of America will be available for free streaming from April 24-28 for the Week of the Young Child! If you haven't yet seen the ground-breaking documentary series on the importance of the early years, now is your chance. Invite your colleagues to watch too. To receive access to the first episode, please email info@raisingofamerica.org with your full name, email, affiliation, and if you would like to join their monthly mailing list. 

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