Some thoughts about Singing Time
Using “words” to teach
In JR primary I have a very few children in JR primary who can read, and they just know the simple words. However, when I don’t use any words I think the littlest children learn the song stronger than when I used words (even just keywords). It seems as though the words are actually inhibiting their long term learning. On the other side of not using any words, the teachers won’t try to learn the song. But when there are words the teachers sing and try to help their children to sing. So which is better? No words, and having long term learning for the children. Or using words and having the teachers help in the learning process. The last consideration is if I don’t use words then I have to need to make more than one visual- one for JR and one for SR.
In SR primary the oldest children can read any word I put up there, but the youngest in SR still have problems with larger words. Here is the advantage of words, not only do the teachers sing the try to learn the songs, but the older children try harder to learn the song also. The older children then sing louder which has been encouraging the younger children to sing.
So in conclusion, which is better? Using words, or not using words? That seems to be the question.