Learning happens by connecting new knowledge to what is already known. It has to make sense. Concepts can be challenging to grasp – by connecting to known information the new learning is made possible.
Get Connected also means supporting kids to connect first to their own feelings, thoughts, and purpose – to work out who they are. This connection with self enables kids to connect with authenticity and empathy with other people and the world around them.
Movement and Music go together!
A combination of counting, stepping, clapping and jumping is a fun and effective way to embed beat and rhythm patterns.
Moving while playing music supports neurological development and builds more activity into a child’s day. The vestibular system needs resetting frequently in kids – moving stops the restlessness which can inhibit kids from engaging in the class activity.
Children are encouraged and supported to take risks and try new things, even when it might mean ‘messing it up’. Kids are supported to manage any feelings of failure or needing to ‘get it right’ straight away.
Valuing mistakes and having express permission to ‘colour outside the lines’ creates a highly respectful space for greater learning, self-expression, awareness, new ideas and self-compassion.
When a child knows how to be curious, they are able to think about things differently, learn new things and tap into their innate creativity.
We encourage students to ask lots of questions and think about things in new ways. Having permission to say “I don’t know” can be powerful.
This is where the magic happens. Kids need to feel safe and respected to express themselves.
Playing music is a simple and powerful way for kids to express their feelings. When we play with feeling music sounds so much better and is much more engaging.
Making up songs in class using a child’s own experience is a favourite activity.
Get It Down
‘Getting something down’ means being able to do it without any problems.
Mistakes can highlight a problem needing to be solved. Children learn that problems are good things to have. They learn to solve problems in a way which increases the effectiveness of their efforts which in turn helps them feel successful.