Back to Basics: Singing is Serious Business!
Published: September 27, 2016
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson
Fundamental to language development as well as general cognitive development, songs and music are at the heart of each and every GrapeSEED lesson. We’ve all seen how engaged our students get with the songs of each unit because they’re fun and relatable, but, beyond that, serious learning is happening in the meantime. Music increases the brain’s ability to store and recall information, and it’s one of the few activities that “crosses the midline,” activating both the left and right sides of the brain.
When singing with your students, keep these general tips in mind:
- Learn the tune – Our students will be getting repeated exposure to the songs in each unit on the CD during their REP time at home or at school. It’s important that we are familiar with the melody the students know so that we can match it as best as possible. Practice listening to songs in the car to become more familiar with them. This will also allow you to focus more closely on your students rather than the material itself.
- How many times? Songs are the only tool in each unit that can be done either once or twice to count as a full exposure. If you aren’t sure how many times a song should be sung in each lesson, consult with your Exposure Management Chart, look in the Teacher’s Manual for the pictured icon on the left, or ask your trainer!
- Read it occasionally – The songs are meant to be sung, but oftentimes they model valuable language that we would like to see reflected in the students speaking, reading, and writing. So while singing is invaluable as a means of retention, saying/reading/speaking a song can be just as helpful in aiding comprehension and productive ability. Doing so, especially after the students have become familiar with the tune, will give them a chance to hear the language of the songs as natural spoken language.
Feel free to contact your GrapeSEED trainer. They will be happy to help!