There is something very supportive about the Speak Up song. Its calm and comforting melody reminds children that they have a voice Best of all, the song tells children that when they do speak up— in whatever form it comes out—they will be listened to.
An important part of developing a sense of identity in a group is the feeling of being listened too. This activity introduces children to “reflective listening.” This is a key social and emotional skill that children will use throughout their lives. In reflective listening, children are asked to remember and share what they heard someone say. This is incredibly validating for children. You can model this in circle time by repeating what you heard a child say and ask if you are correct. Let’s try it with Uncle Jim’s song! Through reflective listening and your supportive discussions, children will begin to believe that they can share what they see and ask for what they need.
Children use the power of reflective listening, speaking up, and mutual empowerment to share stories and communicate as a group while playing a game.