Musical Thinking – 5 Simple Steps To Teaching Children How They Think

“We aim to improve the trajectory of children’s learning and behavior by teaching them the science behind how they think.” Lynne Kenney, PsyD

What is Musical Thinking?

Musical Thinking is a full-color activity book written for children ages 5-12 with printable and laminatable worksheets and activities to help children better understand the cognitive skills that their brain uses to help them learn.

In Musical Thinking: 5 Simple Steps To Teaching Children How They Think, Dr. Kenney provides the five-step method she uses in clinical practice to teach children how their executive functions work. Using activity sheets, movement, and play, Dr. Kenney helps children gain confidence in their thinking skills by showing them how to improve their attention, sequencing, memory, learning, and behavior.

Musical Thinking translates learning into musical notes with movement and rhythm to teach children how their brain works and why they need to move to learn. Tapping into their natural curiosity for understanding, Musical Thinking uses musical notes called “The Love Notes” to teach children the cognitive science behind how they learn. Introducing four musical notes and matching the notes with the cognitive processes needed for learning makes schooling meaningful for children. Adding movement, rhythm, and timing makes learning a whole brain process children no longer resist, but enjoy.

Musical Thinking is simple yet robust. First, we show the children that they are naturally musical with simple marching activities. Then we introduce The Love Notes, showing them how their brains encode, store and retrieve information. Next, we ask the children to creatively apply The Love Notes with rhythm and movement to academic content, self-regulation, or behavior to achieve a desired change in the outcome of their actions. By providing children the opportunity to collaborate in the learning process, children are empowered to improve their thinking, attention, impulsivity, and problem-solving skills leading to better learning and behavior. Written for ages 6-12, we have used the concepts with children age 3 to adults age 80.

With Laminatable cards, stories, and printable pages to help children become “Cognitive Scientists”

This book applies cognitive science, kinesiology, and music research to make learning more interactive and fun. In this full-color digital book (immediate download) you will find reproducible pages of cognitive activities, rhythm activities and the printable Musical Thinking Quartet – The Love Notes.

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Musical Thinking helps children:

  • Understand Executive Function skills such as planning, previewing, sequencing, attending, prioritizing, organizing, inhibiting and task execution

  • Learn academic content such as math facts, vocabulary, spelling, reading and factual knowledge requiring memorization, through movement and music
  • Shift behavior by managing impulses and actions with better planning, previewing, and inhibition
  • Manage frustration, agitation, anxiety, and anger by learning how the brain works
  • Communicate with others in a pro-social manner