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Showing posts with label Irish music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Irish music. Show all posts

Music: a Key to the Brain!

Brain research tells us that listening to music actually helps the brain. 

Music: a Key to the Brain! This post lists some of the advantages to using music in the classroom, and a couple of great sources of free music!

There are many ways to use music in the classroom, and here are a few to get you going!

Music: a Key to the Brain! This post lists some of the advantages to using music in the classroom, and a couple of great sources of free music!
   
Did you know that music boosts brain organization? It affects our moods and emotions. Playing music in the classroom really makes a difference. Different kinds of music work at different times. Playing slow, classical music helps kids focus and concentrate. Fun, upbeat music helps them find energy during those sleepy times of day (after lunch?) or just plain makes the kids feel good. Putting important information to a familiar tune helps them remember things. There is no end to the possibilities of music in the classroom.

Music: a Key to the Brain! This post lists some of the advantages to using music in the classroom, and a couple of great sources of free music!
Although I have a huge collection of music for the classroom that I've downloaded or bought in CD form, (See THIS link, and THIS link.) there are other sources for music that are much more appropriate for a teacher's salary!

1. Free downloads! I found THIS link, 10 places to go to get free music downloads, including Free Music Archive and Amazon! It's worth exploring!😉)

2.  You-Tube! Just search You-Tube for the kind of music you want, and you'll see several options pop up! As long as I don't need my classroom projection system for something else, I'll find a long video and let it go on in the background to help the kiddos focus. Here's one I found when I searched "Calming Music for Kids"


Then I searched "Happy Music for Kids" and got this. This is great music for kids to hear when they're entering the class in the morning, because it makes them feel good!


Here's one I played often at the end of the school year, especially when we had our "seacoast week." I searched "Ocean Sounds with music." (This one is 8 hours long!)
 
 

I searched this one for Cinco de Mayo. ("Mexican music")



and, of course for St. Patrick's Day I might play this one! ("Irish Music")


Honestly, you can find just about anything on You-Tube, but be careful to check it ahead of time. As you know, there are things you DON'T want to share with the children! (For example, the Irish music category has plenty of Irish drinking songs!)

Music: a Key to the Brain! This post lists some of the advantages to using music in the classroom, and a couple of great sources of free music!
 

Where do you find music for the classroom?


Music: a Key to the Brain! This post lists some of the advantages to using music in the classroom, and a couple of great sources of free music!


Top O' the Morning! St. Patrick's Day Resources

Do you have the luck of the Irish? 

St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it, and here are some resources to get you ready!

Top O' the Morning! St. Patrick's Day Resources: Here are videos, books, ideas, and 3 freebies to help your students learn about the Irish

Here are a couple of videos to help your students learn about Ireland!



This is a great video to have on in the background when students are arriving in the morning, when they're packing to leave, or during independent work like writing. It plays about 50 minutes of Irish music, along with beautiful Irish scenery.


And, of course, a nice sample of one of those things Ireland is famous for: Irish Step Dancing!
 

Plus, I have 3 freebies for you! Check them out!
 


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I always make sure the children recognize the Irish Flag.
 
And listen to Irish music.


And, of course, books!
      
And books by some favorite authors:


I'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Week right after Read Across America Week!  I  just can't spend a day on any of these great holidays! There is too much fun learning to be had!
 

How do you enjoy these March holidays with your students?


Top O' the Morning! St. Patrick's Day Resources: Here are videos, books, ideas, and 3 freebies to help your students learn about the Irish

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