Music, Movement, and Dramatic Play
Music, movement and dramatic play enhance the child’s growing capacity for creative expression. Music offers children the opportunity to express themselves melodically and rhythmically. Children respond to a variety of songs, finger plays and instruments as they discover different ways to use their voices and bodies. Children use their bodies to move expressively as they develop a sense for where their body is in space as well as in relation to others. Imaginative role-play provides children with the opportunity to accept, assign, and act out roles. Children may pretend to be someone or something different from themselves and dramatize situations and actions to go along with their chosen roles.
You see the music, movement, and dramatic play curriculum in action as children...
- experience singing songs, dancing, performing fingerplays and chants, playing musical instruments and moving to music
- explore and experiment with expressive movement, such as moving their body fast/slow, stopping/starting or pretending to be an animal
- begin to engage in pretend play with peers, such as going on a trip or to a restaurant, offering play food to a doll, or stirring pretend soup
- use their imagination and creativity when working with open-ended materials, such as using blocks to create a zoo and assigning roles in their pretend play
- practice skills that promote gross motor development, such as running, jumping, climbing, balancing, riding a bicycle, and going up and down stairs