Day 23 (of 184) Fred Penner
Today was a special day – Canadian Children Performer (and icon) Fred Penner visited @sorrento83 today and entertained children and adults alike!
He challenged our learning community to go on a quest – to find what we love to do and then go do it.
This was perfectly aligned with my class’s pursuit to find what they are passionate about – what do they love to do, and go do/learn/explore it.
But the music goes much farther than that – there is more to Fred Penners message than ‘I love music so I am performing music’.
There is a strong message about the power of music – he found the therapeutic value of music when he started singing to his sister as a child and it helped calm her.
Our school as a whole has a goal on better understanding self-regulation and anxiety – ranging from using tools in classrooms (fidgets, bouncy chairs, etc) to doing whole-school slow breathing connected to a chime. The single sound of the chime we use is very powerful – as we listen to the sound ebb and flow – with the kids hearing it a lot longer than the ears of us older folk…
I have always enjoyed music in the background of the classroom – along with earplugs/headphones for those who prefer silence – and have recently been adding voice amplification systems to our technology plan.
Fred Penners visit, while super entertaining, really has me thinking about the power of sounds and songs….more work to do!