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Musical Thinking--5 Simple Steps to Teaching Kids How They Think

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IntroductionExecutive Functions and Musical ThinkingWhen a Child Needs Executive Function SupportCritical Thinking and Executive Function SkillsHow We Look at Executive Functions in Musical ThinkingStep 1 - Teach Children How Their Brains Learn Activity #1: The Roads Most Traveled Activity #2: Sequencing Interests and ActivitiesStep 2 - Teach Children About the Main Part of Their Brains Activity #3: The Thinker, The Caveman and BootsStep 3 - Teach Children That Their Brains are Musical Quarter Notes and Quick Notes Half Notes and Slow Notes Activity #4: Let's Count and MarchStep 4 - Introduce the Love Notes Meet Quick Rick and Slow Mo Meet Thinkerbelle and Bess Rest How to Introduce Them Printable Musical Thinking Quartet Set for Children Activity #5: Let's Read in Slow Mo Activity #6: Let's Read in Quick RickStep 5 - Apply Musical Thinking to Real Life Learning Sarah and Sir Isaac Newton Joey and His "Oh So Difficult to Initiate" Homework Jannelle and Her "Oh So Boring" Vocabulary Words Activity #7: Tutorial Activity #7: Creative CompositionsExecutive Function Direct Instruction Attention Cueing Approach Organization Motivation Planning Attention Inhibition Saliency Inhibition: Impulse Memory Cognitive Flexibility Musical Thinking Poems Conclusion

About the Author

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a mother of two, an international educator, and a pediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Kenney is co-author with Wendy Young of Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids and author of The Family Coach Method. Her next book, 70 Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior will be available Fall 2016. Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. In her BrainSmarts presentations to over 4000 clinicians, parents and teachers, Dr. Kenney integrates neuroscience, kinesiology and music research to enhance executive function, social-emotional and academic skills with motor movement. Dr. Lynne's cause-related program, Play Math, helps children ages 6-12 learn their math facts with playground balls and hula-hoops for better algebraic thinking.

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