From Morning to Night

Baby SOH and I are just getting back to our regular routine, after the holiday season.

It just amazes me how music creeps into our day, one way or another.

Baby SOH went into my music room and appeared with shakers in one hand and bells in the other, and started shaking and singing the first line of Jingle Bells. She has loved that song this season.

She found the ABC Nursery Rhyme Playschool book that I have in her toy basket and Little Miss Muffet took her interest as did the picture of the spider. She kept saying “Muffet” after I had read it several times. The Humpty Dumpty book also takes her interest as he falls off the wall and becomes a broken egg.

As a grandmother, its fantastic to watch her language development, and I am certain that music has contributed significantly in this regard. Its so spontaneous and natural too.

We went for a walk and we had a swing at the local park, she looked at me and smiled several times as I sang Swinging Swinging Swinging Swinging.

After her nap, we looked at several books including This Old Man. She was fascinated by the numbers in the song and pictures. She loves numbers generally.

During lunch we tapped on the table of her high chair and said “1 2 3 Johnny caught a flea, put him in a teapot and made a cup of tea, OOPS!”

ABC Playschool had a lovely segment about fish, showing the lovely colours of the tropical fish swimming in the sea, and playing Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens.

When drying her after her shower, I sing a little ditty about drying her, and when we put toys away we sing “Its time to put away, its time to put away” to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell.

For some boppy music time, I put on the music of the Eagles to sing to, and Baby SOH did some drawing while I cooked the tea.

After tea, Pa read her some books, including This Old Man. Pa was having so much fun remembering the words from his childhood. He said later that he didnt realise how much rhythm there was in the song, and how much fun it was singing it with her. He tapped the last phrase on her high chair table as he sang and so did Baby SOH. We all ended up singing together.

At the end of the day, we put the light off, and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Rock a Bye Baby and Summertime when the living is easy …

What a day!!

Love from Nannyjay


About nannyjay

I am an early childhood music specialist, with a passion for music, music for singing, music for children, classical music, contemporary, good quality folk recordings, moving to music that comes from a feeling within. Having recently become a grandmother, the months are flying past too quickly!! I have decided that I would like to record the musical journey Baby SOH and I will take together. Music enhances my own life, and I have seen the contribution music makes to family lives, and children's lives from their youngest days. I am also interested in the contribution music makes to family relationships. I love to sing myself, and so the Kodaly philosophy of music education sits very well with me. Zoltan Kodaly was a Hungarian music educator and composer, and believed that singing is the foundation for all music education. I will soon be attending the early childhood music seminar of the International Society of Music Educators in Beijing, China, which is very exciting. People from the world over meet to share the latest research in music for children 0 - 8 years. So the journey begins.
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