Learning About the Piano with Preschoolers
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Today I wanted to highlight another one of our Orchestra topics from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
December's Cozy Winter Senses theme was filled with lots of fun topics, but Orchestra has been by far our favorite.
On Piano day, we answered the question, "What are the parts of a piano?" During circle time, we pretended to play the piano by tapping our fingers on the floor and encouraging the children to explore how it feels to move their fingers one at a time and then all together.
We made a P is for Piano letter book and we discussed what kind of rhythm we can create when making the /p/ sound with our mouths.
Each month, we get a few of these letter books from Experience Preschool to correspond with our letters for the month. The children can practice phonological awareness, fine motor skills, attention & persistence, and so much more.
To practice math skills, we played a Piano Key Game. We used a piano key poster and cut out music note cards. The children flipped all the cards over face down and then worked to match the colored music note to the same colored key on the piano note poster.
We wrote the letters for each note on small scraps of paper and the children matched those too, which was perfect for adding some practice with letter recognition to our math activity for the day.
The preschoolers also had the opportunity to explore sheet music and a keyboard, which was lots of fun.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our safari theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).