The holidays can provide a wonderful educational opportunity for children. As a teacher I see how enthusiastic students get right before a holiday. They also get very engaged when the educational activity is connected to the holiday coming up. This could be a powerful tool for learning! Parents and teachers can use the holidays to not only engage in fun activities but to also fit extra learning into the daily routine. This can be especially effective with the reluctant learners as well as studying more difficult subjects.
As this is a music site…let’s begin the Halloween preparation by introducing a music educational and literacy material! While busy getting candy, costume shopping, pumpkin carving, and planning parties, let’s use Halloween to also fit some EDUCATION into our child’s lives.
Dem Bones and more sing-along stories is an educational DVD with a few little sing-along stories! The animation is quite cute, the ghosts are inviting and funny, and the songs are easy to follow.
Music – they will listen and sing along. The DVD is very easy to follow and your child will enjoy singing along with it.
Anatomy – the first story in the DVD shows the “bone characters” who sing and explain to the kids about the different bones and joints in the body. Then the DVD takes your child to the “Dinosaur Bones”, describing the pre-historic bones as well as the history of fossils.
Integrated curriculum– your child will be learning by integrating different subjects with music. We have written many posts stressing the importance of music for young children to retain information.
Yes, depending on your child’s needs and your learning goals you can get the same Dem Bones sing-along stories as a book. I like having sing-along materials in a DVD format because that gives the child the opportunity to hear the music and see visuals. It also may take the pressure away from a parent who wants to teach their child but does not feel comfortable singing along with them. However, doing a combination between reading to/with your child and watching the DVD would be ideal.
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