My preschool class is learning about England. Our loft has been transformed into Buckingham Palace. The Union Jack flies overhead along with a picture of Queen Elizabeth. We made a red phone booth out of a big box, and we made biscuits (cookies, for those of us in America.). Oh, we have ‘travelled’ to England with a satellite map, and a travel box filled with maps and money. Children discovered a picture of the Queen on the money. Next week we’ll be making fancy hats for our tea party; only English tea, of course.
Today was music from England. I brought in my record player and albums, music from The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Beatles. Yes, I still have my Beatles albums.
Startling; that was the moment I introduced a record player. It was the best science of the day. The spinning turntable, and the sound of the needle on the arm- this was important learning. Fifteen children were captivated by this remarkable machine.
Then, I put a record album onto this machine. The Beatles. We listened to how the record player machine makes music, and then we listened to the Beatles. The first song on the album was “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” To my surprise, children jumped up, held hands, danced and jumped. They just loved the song. It was a wonderful moment.