Sensory Drumming

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C5 Festival of Learning 2018 – Public Demonstration

Children working with their teachers in public with parents and family members as chaperones.

Learning Group/Classroom: Butterflies- Bay Shore Classroom
Program: Infant/Toddler– Ages: 9- 12 months
Children: Adelaide, Anmar, Bayard, Leo, Nathan, Quinn, Toni, and Simon
Teachers: Courtney and Mitch

Title of Demonstration: Sensory Drumming
Location: Civic Center Park
Date: May 18, 2018 Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Objective: Use hand eye coordination to hit the drums while observing how the drumming moves the water around.

What the children might be learning and developing:
1. Children are learning about sound and music, movement, gravity (water moving up and down)
2. Sharing space with peers so they will work on sense of self and others
3. Gross motor skills practice includes large arm muscle groups
4. Fine motor- hand eye coordination when aiming for the drum, grasp on drumsticks or mallets

Documentation of the Event —
It was a cool breezy morning as the Butterflies took a short buggy ride to the Civic Center Park. They were welcomed by a space filled with different sized drums. The children observed their surroundings, and quickly began exploring the familiar tools and drums. The children tested out the tools and they engaged in comparing the sounds they made. Colored water included an additional experience for the children. The Butterflies Public Demonstration was a lovely event, and it showed the audience how competent the children are especially with physical development and coordination.

Our infants are building a strong foundation for early literacy skills at a young age.  The very basics are being practiced throughout the day: holding a book, turning its pages, and watching their teachers reading from left-to-right.  They are beginning to understand how books “work,” how they connect the reader, and how they relate to the listener when read out loud.  When a book is read to them, the infants are developing the cognitive skills required to connect sounds into words and words into meaning.  When they listen to the reader’s changing tone, rhythm patterns, voice inflection, and repeating phrasing, they are learning how language is formed and an essential element of communication.  Infants who are exposed to books, reading, and story-telling at an early age are more likely to develop strong communication skills and a love of books as they get older.  Learn more about our Infant Program.