Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - I Can Play It: Music games and activities to help your child learn

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review - I Can Play It: Music games and activities to help your child learn

I Can Play It: Music games and activities to help your child learn

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About the Book
Let the music play and watch the fun begin! Written by a college music professor and an author/teacher with over 18 years of experience teaching the Montessori Method, I Can Play It helps children explore their natural ability to interact with their environments as they make sweet musical sounds. Current scientific research has proven the importance of the musical experience in children's neuromuscular growth, cognitive-intellectual grasp, and social-emotional development. Plus, it's just so much fun! Each of the activities in this book are designed to inspire expressiveness, curiosity, imagination, and musicality. Based on sound principles of early childhood development and focused on preschoolers and kindergarteners, I Can Play It will help:

  • Introduce three- to five-year-olds to music in a joyful, hands-on way
  • Encourage children and parents to have fun together
  • Reveal the musical potential in each of us through voice and body percussion
  • Explore the rhythm of speech and song accompanied by instruments as well as easy-to-find objects at home
  • Make suggestions for integrating music in everyday activities
This enjoyable guide to musical exploration is packed with kid-pleasing, skill-building activities that will keep them laughing, singing, and moving all day long. Open up the world of music to children and watch them learn how to express themselves in entertaining, educational, and enriching ways.

My Take on the Book
The introduction to this book is worth reading. The author helps the reader to see how music fits into the lives of civilization. Music is part of the world of expression along with drawing, painting, poetry and stories.

To allow our children to develop an appreciation of music from the earliest ages will bring them joy and new learning opportunities.

The author(s) , I feel do an excellent job taking the reader through the stages of introducing music to the reader. From the child of young age with clapping to using a spoon on a bowl, to making instruments like a rubber band guitar. There are sections to help the adult teach rhythm. Each page of instruction or an activity includes an extension activity. 

I liked the author's use of everyday objects too.

This book, I believe would be valuable to a parent or teacher who wants to develop a music program for the youngest child to a child in elementary school. It looks like a lesson plan for success, a lot of learning, and a great deal of fun.
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