“When in Doubt, Sing a Song”
At Yal-Day-New, we believe music is important to incorporate into all facets of curriculum. Children of all ages express themselves through music. Playing music for infants proves that, even at an early age, children sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to the music they hear. Children naturally connect to music through play and exploration.
Music can be therapeutic, as it provides an opportunity for children to express and work through emotions or communicate feelings. We incorporate music into each classroom for students to express themselves with opportunities to sing, play instruments, listen to music, create music, and move to music.
The focus of Yal-Day-New’s musical enrichment is for students to learn rhythm, sounds, and beats, engage with songs and body movements, and explore simple instruments and the sounds they create. We utilize songs, rhymes, and sounds throughout the day to enhance our students’ literacy and language skills. Music supports fine motor and gross motor development through dancing and playing simple instruments. We develop songs, such as the “Clean-Up Song” to assist with various transitions and routines throughout the day at Yal-Day-New.
We encourage students to have fun with music, both individually and among their peers, while singing, dancing, and playing instruments.
Music is utilized as a learning resource and correlates with the classroom curriculum, such as seasons, nursery rhymes, animals, weather, emotions, etc. We use songs to enhance the Secular and Judaic curriculum of the school, especially focusing on the Jewish holidays and Shabbat.
Our philosophy is “When in Doubt, Sing a Song”! We have children’s books available to our students at all times that contain song lyrics. Some examples include:
- Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on a Bed
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- The Wheels on the Bus
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- If You’re Happy and You Know It
- I Got That Shabbat Feeling
- Shabbat Dinosaur Song
- Bim Bam
- Shabbat is Here