Posted on 04/07/15 by in TMS Musings
By MaryAnn Dowdell
Today I visited The Music Settlement’s Early Childhood Center. I can honestly say that I completely understand why the Center received a Five Star award from Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program.
The children are always engaged in an activity that is both educational and fun. Also, they participate alongside each other in group projects that encourage teamwork and other important social skills.
I observed that politeness and good behavior are two main points that the educators focus on. For example, whenever there is a quarrel between two or more students, the teacher directs them both to the side and calmly addresses the situation. They give both students a chance to speak for themselves and apologize if necessary.
I also noticed that there is a particular system that the teachers use when interacting with the students. First, every child is called a “friend” and each friend has a role in the classroom. There’s a cleanup helper, a line leader, a light switch helper, and so on. With the help of the classroom teacher, the kids take on their individual roles with excitement as they go through the planned schedule for the day.
As for one of the highlights of my visit, two very talented students from the Suzuki program at The Music Settlement, who were themselves alums of the TMS Center for Early Childhood school programs, performed the violin for the Preschool, Day School, and Kindergarten students. With three individual solos and one duet, the performance truly gave me insight on why The Music Settlement strives to provide the best music education and learning experiences in Greater Cleveland.
MaryAnn Dowdell is an intern in the Marketing department at The Music Settlement courtesy of Youth Opportunities Unlimited.