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Creating a Caring Community of Learners

Main Core Tie

Early Childhood Education 1
Strand 2 Standard 2

Time Frame

1 class periods of 90 minutes each

Group Size


Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Employability


Marilee Webb


Through a powerpoint presentation, students will learn the importance of creating a caring community of learners so that their preschool can be developmentally appropriate. They will then make music visual aids and instruments as well as create a new song. These items will help them to have such a community in their future preschool classrooms.




  • Family Corner
    This has some additional ideas for homemade instruments
  • Friends Across America
    This includes pictures that can be colored and used as visual aids. Ex: You could write slow under the turtle picture, color it, and have the children sing slow when this picure is held up.
  • Head Start
    This has some good ideas for songs. You can print these and give them to the class before they create their own.
  • Perpetual Preschool
    Ideas for homemade instruments
  • Perpetual Preschool
    This has some songs for preschoolers, but does not apply as well as other sites that are attached.
  • Songs for Teaching
    This site also has many great ideas for making up words to familiar tunes.

• Power Point Presentation• Materials for musical instruments • Materials for visuals • CD with song or an example song to sing • Ideas for songs to help them get started

Background for Teachers

You should know what kinds of instruments children can make in a DAP setting. Look at the websites beforehand and decide what examples you want to use. Create examples for the students to see.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After this class students will understand the importance of creating a caring community of learners.(DAP) They will also have the needed visuals to use music as a way to create this needed environment.

Instructional Procedures

Power point presentation. The students will take notes. Then they will make a visual aid (such as a mouse for quiet singing or a lion for loud singing)or an instrument to create a caring community in the classroom. Finally they will create a song using a familiar tune and new words to help the preschool children work together as a class.

Assessment Plan

The students will not only turn in their instruments for a grade, but will also perform their songs in front of the class.

Created: 07/01/2003
Updated: 02/05/2018