Friday, 4 November 2011

The Sound of Music

Doe, a deer, a female deer.
Ray, a drop of golden sun.
Me, a name I call myself.
Fa, a long long way to run.
Sew, a needle pulling thread...

To the many who have watch 'The Sound of Music', this is the song that is the most remembered by all the audiences. In the show, the nanny who took care of the kids used the power of SONGS to help them to learn and to make the children start to love learning again.

Teaching children how to read has never been easy especially for children who are in preschools or Standard One. Most often, children do not really understand the words taught to them. Worst of all, they tend to forget what is taught to them. One of the most effective ways in teaching is to incorporate elements like songs or nursery rhymes.

Based on a research done in Mainland China by XiangMing Li and Mandy Brand, it is found that the pupils who are exposed to the most songs have a much more positive attitude and greater confidence in learning English. This proved how important it is to have songs incorporated in your daily lessons.

How does one incorporate a song into the Learning and Teaching Process (P&P)? It is definitely not very hard. It is quite easy once you understand. Lets take an example that a teacher might want to teach his/ her pupils how to greet someone Good Morning. The teacher can pick a song appropriate to the theme. In this case, the song "Good Morning to You" is the best choice. By listening and then singing the song, pupils will remember the words. Later, teacher could reinforce it by greeting them and making sure pupils greet her with the words.

Children usually like singing a lot. You can see how the children sing "Good Morning to You".

Link to the song "Good Morning to You":

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