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Plan and implement a range of developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences

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Use observations of individual children and groups of children to plan developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences for children

Observing children

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Using observations to plan music and movement experiences

14/12/09 Recorded: Marie Guise

Time: 10.30-10.45am

Present: Felicity, 4 yrs, Heath, 5yrs, Philip, 4 yrs, Igor, 4yrs, Jane 5ys

Setting: Music Centre Inside

Philip was playing on the bongo drums very loudly with both hands. ‘Hey, Phillip, you’ll hurt them’ Igor said ‘You have to play softly’

‘Don’t want to’ Phillip said.

Heath and Jane did not seem to notice. They were playing on the glockenspiel, going up and down with two beaters to make a ringing sound, falling high and low. Felicity was sitting alone, exploring the inside of a homemade sound maker that was filled with small coloured pebbles. She was moving it up and down and watching the pebbles fall quickly and slowly.

Phillip continued to play the drums loudly; suddenly Igor reached over and took the drums ‘Look, you play then like this’ he said evenly and tapped them alternatively to the beat. Phillip watched, but did not say anything.

Now it’s your turn. Consider the journal done by Marie Guide above. What does it tell you about their skills, interests and emerging skills? What could you plan in the program to facilitate both group and individual interests here?