How is the weather today? 

Music and creative movement for preschool

How is the weather today? is a study material that emphasizes music and creative movement in a weather theme for preschool teachers as well as theoretical analysis related to it.
The main goal of the study material is to develop ideas for creative music and movement projects and share them with others who work with young children.
Weather is the theme of this project because it has a profound effect on our lives, behavior and environment. The project gives children an experience and understanding of different weather in different ways.
Theoretical analysis describes factors that promote children's expressiveness and creativity. Among other things, it discusses with children's expression, which is play and art, the need for experience which is a learning process based on John Dewey's theories, creativity, creative teaching and creative thinking of children.
Reggio Emilia approach and the Orff Schulwerk music education are described, which emphasis on child-centered and creative learning. At the end of the analysis, these two approaches are compared and the possibilities of combining them together to build a creative work in music and creative movement are described. With these two approaches in mind, the author created a study material about weather and did experimental teaching on the project.
The result was found that to use creative teaching opens up many possibilities for children's learning and increases their expressive ability and creativity.
Giving children time to discover and respect their opinions, the children feel that they belong to the school more and enjoy themselves better. Pedagogical documentation is a good way to look at children's learning process and develop schoolwork.
Creative teaching in early childhood builds a good foundation and creates children more opportunities and a brighter future.
The author hopes that this material will inspire teachers and give children the opportunity to develop their expressiveness and creativity through music and creative movement.


Asako Ichihashi
asaichi7 [at]
Advisors: Kristín Dýrfjörð and Kristín Valsdóttir
Department of Arts Education