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Applying the Orff Method to early childhood education to enhance young students’ physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Rhythm plays a profound and multifaceted role in early childhood development, impacting a child’s growth and learning. The significance of rhythm in early childhood enables children to develop their cognitive and physical development, emotional and social development and control of their emotions as well as to improve their attention and focus.
How was the innovation planned?
As Kidzworld staff, we had several workshops about the British Curriculum and its integration. Going deeper into early childhood, studies show that music is one of the main parts of children’s development. The enthusiastic Kidzworld team researched the Orff teaching method and its advantages when introduced at young ages. We gave room for new methods to improve the teaching and learning in our school.
What were the challenges faced during implementation?
Researching and integrating the Orff teaching method into the curriculum took time.
Give us a brief assessment of your results.
Through movement and sound, children’s creativity developed and they built confidence in self-expression. Participating in rhythmic activities, such as group singing or dancing encouraged their social interaction and cooperation. It fostered a sense of belonging and community among children. Rhythmic activities greatly affect regulating their emotions, reducing stress, and promoting relaxation, contributing to emotional well-being.
In hindsight, what were the most valuable lessons learned while implementing the innovation? Could things have been done differently?
We should be more prepared in terms of adding it to our planning and getting more musical instruments for delivering the full Orff music. However, the hard side was to start the project and in the next year, we will focus on the rhythmic activities more and equip accordingly.