Music: The Unsung Hero of the Classroom

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Kids love music, and the younger they are, the more likely they are to spontaneously burst into song.

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Enter, an excellent teaching opportunity: music, the unsung hero of the classroom.
Here at RRLS, we love to use song as a teaching tool. Here’s a look at how we use music to enhance learning.

2s1. To teach and reinforce tricky math facts and concepts.

Intellitunes is a wonderful website with catchy songs that span the entire curriculum. One favourite here at RRLS is their skip counting by 2’s song. Students track along as they sing, and it’s a total blast!

 2. To teach phonological awareness.

Hooked on Phonics has animated songs to help students learn their letters and letter sounds. Our personal favourite is the Letter B song that just so happens to be done in an old doo-wop style, and guarantees to delight children and adults alike.

3. To enhance focus and time management skills.

Classical music is a great way to help students focus when they are writing or doing seat work. Classics for Kids is a terrific website that has lots of classical music for kids. Songs can also be used as a way to time student work. For example, have a student write until the end of a certain song.

As always, we love to hear from you! So, what are some of the ways that you like to incorporate music into the classroom?

For more info on using music as a teaching tool, contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space at 416.925.1225 or visit http://www.ruthrumack.com.

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