Get your Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes Moving!
Music is a fabulous tool for learning and is a simple way for children to learn and practice a first or a subsequent language because it is such a natural part of our daily lives. We hear music everywhere we go.
Because of music we are able to memorise information that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Even before children start talking in full sentences many are able to sing a song or part of it. Our brains seem to remember language easier when the words are accompanied by music.!
Most children’s songs are simple and have rhyming words which are easy to remember. Learning to rhyme is an important skill to develop for success in reading in any language.
Songs that include movements like “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes”, introduce and then reinforce the words as the song is sung. By pointing to or touching things (objects or body parts) as you use the word, children will learn to associate the words they are saying to the movements they are making, and what they are referring to.
Join in with Sara, our Educator from MT Eliza as she sings Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Spanish!
From Sara Pena Tejero, Educator at Guardian Mt Eliza