The use of music and movement in the classroom helps children remember words associated with melody, remember pattern associated with rhythm, and remember aesthetic experience.
In this activity, using pumpkins as counting objects helps one-to-one correspondence, and the recognition of a set (pumpkins). Jumping to a song reinforces it as desirable and helps coordination of large motor skills.
It uses simple materials easily available in season and out.
Goals for Students in this Activity are:
To experience various art forms.
To recognize and respond to basic elements of music.
To use whole bodies in appropriate activities in order to strengthen muscles and muscle groups.
To demonstrate appropriate form in fundamental motor skills (such as jumping).
To demonstrate control of speed, direction, and force of movement through space.
To control the movement of own bodies in relation to objects.
To understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relations among numbers, and number systems.
Also included are simplifications and extensions available for a broader range of skills.