USING MUSIC TO TEACH SOCIAL SCIENCE
In Social Science from Kindergarten on, students are taught to ‘Compare and contrast the locations of people, places and environments & describe their characteristics’.1 As one of the seven continents in the world, Australia fits this strand. It can be used to find countries that are connected to the United States by the same ocean. (Students compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of places and describe the physical and/or human characteristics of places 2). How are things different in Australia compared to the United States? What language do they speak ‘Down Under’? Why is it called ‘Down Under’? Look on a map to find which hemisphere is it located? (Locate on maps and globes their local community, California, the United States, the seven continents and the four oceans 3 ).What sort of animals can be found there? What are the characteristics of Australia that make it different to us here? What are the similarities?
All these Social Science questions can be answered through the power of music. Prue Whoo has written a number of songs which can be used to link these outcomes (see above) as part of a lesson plan on understanding the location & characteristics of other countries. Prue Whoo’s Going On a Bush Walk song can be used to discuss the different types of animals you might find in the Australian bush. Your students can act out the different animals during the song & there are vocal responses which can be used for timing. Another song is all about different colloquialisms and Australia certainly has many! Maybe your students can guess what ‘G’day’ means? What is a ‘mozzie’??? What do Australians mean by ‘cozzie’? Prue Whoo’s song Talking Like an Aussie! can give children a sense of what it might be like to live in another country and even though they speak English there, it still might be difficult to understand them because of their particular way of speaking. A fun way to explore Geography!
1 : History Social Science Content Strands K.4 – CA Dept of Education
2 : History Social Science Content Strands 1.2 – CA Dept of Education
3 : History Social Science Content Strands 1.2 /1 – CA Dept of Educatio
The wonderful thing about music & song is that it encompasses & ingratiates itself on all of us. It has no boundaries or obvious direction; it just spills out across the room, touching everyone within reach, in diverse & individual ways. The power of music & song, with its therapeutic & educational qualities, has been used for centuries to teach and heal by many cultures around the world. There are many facets to using this effectual instrument & I for one, am unashamedly an advocate for using this powerful & engaging teaching tool to educate young children.
To assist and empower educators and parents, I have written my songs & program ‘Let’s Sing to Learn’ to encourage & empower the classroom teacher, parent and grandparents to engage and educate their children using this timeless method. Music and the lyrics is the key. The process is simple, as I associate the lyrics with outcomes or topics like Co-operation, Health, Anti-bullying, The Body, Fractions, Time, Cyber Safety, Literacy, Renewable Energy & more. Asking questions allows the child to engage in discussion and immerse themselves in melodies that connect without prejudice.
- Helps children’s self esteem
- Helps language development
- Assists with cognitive competence
- Develops self awareness
- Aids memory recall
- Fundamental to brain development
- Wonderful for social interaction
Using these songs like my song ‘Co-operation’ (listen tclick below)
I guarantee it will make a difference to the way you educate & how your children learn. (Testimonial) and more here.
I am passionate (as those who have attended my workshops can verify) about delivering educational content using this simple, yet effective & engaging technique. I am always only a phone call or email away to ask for any assistance or if you need me to write you a song! I’m here to help.
Don’t hesitate, just do it!!! You can always get copies of my cd’s here. I will eventually have them on ITunes or similar. Until then…………..download your songs or have the cd’s sent (Aust only). They will do the job! It’s up to you now.
Are you concerned about your child being bullied in school or what that actually means? Some of us are confused about where the line is drawn when it comes to bullying.
This article may help.
What is bullying?
Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Online bullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies, e.g. the internet or mobile devices. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflicts or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. In short, bullying is an ongoing misuse of power involving a pattern of harmful verbal, physical or social behaviour.
If you notice any kind of different behaviour in your child, mood swings, inability to communicate on the same level as before, different eating habits, hiding in their room etc, this could have something to do with bullying. It is imperative, as parents to keep the dialogue open and honesty between you and your child. Even if your child is very young, talk on their level about finding friends. What it’s like to have a really good friend and then sometimes other so called friends are not fun to be around. Ask why? Give reasons why this could be so. As parents, we don’t always get it right do we….but communication is The Key.
Bullying. No Way! (2013) Fast Facts: Bullying in Schools www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/resources/pdf/fast-fact-bullying-inschools.pdf Bullying. No Way! is an initiative of all Australian education sectors working together to promote safe and
supportive school communities