With Halloween only two days away, the Elephants and Seals celebrated by playing instruments to “Fright Night Flight” and being ghosts with scarves again. Though we repeated activities that we did last week, for some students, it was like their first time. For others, they were excited to have a chance to pick a new instrument/character to play in the story and another colored scarf or to be comfortable to be a ghost.
I noticed many students had more success playing some of the quirky instruments that require coordination (vibraslap, guiro, baton) than last week. They were better at waiting for their turning, associating instruments with characters, and when to play. In addition, they enjoyed being ghosts and scaring their teachers, their friends, and themselves. More students were chanting with me, “look out, look out, there’s a ghost” with clarity and a steady rhythm. Compared to last week, more students wore the scarf and lifted it up to scare their friends during the chant. Doing something for a second time, they were familiar, comfortable, and knew what was expected.
Every time children play, their brains and bodies are making small adjustments to improve their abilities to their success, whether it is playing an instrument, dancing, or playing a game. Their drive to master new skills motivates them to keep trying to get better at something. Repetition is the key to learning and the development of the brain.