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MUSIC: Dance to the Beat!

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Arts +2 Age Levels Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)

Talk with Me!

Having conversations with young children contributes to their thinking and language development. All conversations are good, but research shows that the quality of words children hear matters more than the quantity. Further, what’s best is an exchange; in other words, talk with children, not at them.

The Talk with Me Toolkits give parents and caregivers thematically organized high-quality, authentic materials to make children their conversational partners in discussions that matter. Each online toolkit features captivating videos and real-world photographs, as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss through conversation prompts.  Hands-on activities and books complete each toolkit. Simple instructions appear right in the toolkits, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!

This collection explores Music. All children, including young children, have musical potential! For more information, check out the National Association for Music Education and their statement on music in early childhood here:  https://nafme.org/about/position-statements/early-childhood-music-education/

This series of four Smithsonian Learning Lab collections is funded as part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. #SmithsonianMusic 

MUSIC: Dance to the Beat!

Talk With Me Toolkit

Play!

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WATCH: Sing and Clap Along

Talk With Me Toolkit

Shoo Lie Loo by Elizabeth Mitchell from Sunny Day (Smithsonian Folkways)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

LOOK: What do you see?

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Snare Drum

National Museum of American History

Drum rattle

National Museum of the American Indian

Bomba Drum

National Museum of American History

TALK: How might it sound?

Talk With Me Toolkit

LISTEN: Listen Closely

Talk With Me Toolkit

Cantadoras del Pacífico, Colombian Currulao Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

PLAY

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PLAY: Make a drum!

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Have a drum circle

Talk With Me Toolkit