Nancy Ellington has been an early childhood educator for twenty-one years. She also teaches early childhood, curriculum, and communication college courses and serves on the College of Education Faculty Council for the University of Phoenix. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood, a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, and has earned National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. She has presented teacher workshops at the local, state, and national levels. She is an active member of the National Association for the Development of Young Children (NAEYC), Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society (KDP), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Florida Writer’s Association (FWA), and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI).
Me? Teach Music?
I remember sitting in my undergraduate music class that first day, listening to the concerns expressed from fellow students about the preconceived difficulty of the music course they were about to take. Many thought it was out of their realm of comprehension – ergo, they feared the worst – that they were about to embark on the most strenuous of all courses they had to take. As many in class experienced, music isn’t difficult. More important, one doesn’t have to be an accomplished musician to reap the immense benefits music has to offer.
This blog is for primary educators (musical and non-musical), parents, and children. It offers ways to develop musicality in the classroom and at home. Explore the songs, rhymes, poems, and finger plays that appear over time for ways to encourage learning while keeping children entertained in the process.
Rainbow by Nancy Ellington/Bill Ellington
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Maria Montessori“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.” Maria Montessori
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