Sounds Of Our World
A free home learning resource for ages 5-8
Music is everywhere! It is in the whoosh of the wind, the patter of the rain, the rhythm of a train and the ding of a bell.
Sounds Of Our World is a poetry audiobook that explores the sounds of our planet. It takes children away from the kitchen table and transports them to new and exciting places from the howling jungles of Borneo to the icy clouds of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and along the way they'll meet flocks of flamingos, gibbons, cicadas and so much more. Step into each sound world and be guided through the new terrain by our beguiling narrator, Phil McDermott.
Listening is an important sense that children are under-using. Soundscapes help young minds to forge connections and develop a deeper understanding of their world by listening closely to it. Far away places can be listened to, encouraging an attachment to new cultures and the natural world, as well as developing focused, active listening and creative thinking.
Soundscapes are also a great tool for mindfulness, they are calming and re-energising; the perfect tool to soothe a frazzled parent and child!
Along with each soundscape, there is a free activity resource to take the listening experience a step further. You can use the soundscapes as inspiration for creative writing, drama, painting, drawing, music and dance. Or simply take a moment to sit with your little one, listen, relax and let your minds wander.
Limpopo Nights is the first in the series of soundscape adventures. Be transported into the bush of the Limpopo at night through captivating sound recordings and spoken word; loaded with mystery, intrigue and thought-provoking questions.
Beach is the second in the series of soundscape adventures. Take a stroll along the shore and be soothed by the lapping lull of the waves and ponder on what lies beneath the surface.
Storm Song is the third in the series of soundscape adventures. You will be transported into a mighty storm in the African bush.
The fourth track in our soundscape adventures doesn’t take you away to anywhere unknown, it doesn’t transport you miles away, or introduce you to exotic animals, instead, it asks you to listen closely to where you are right now, listening to our narrator. It asks you to turn your attention to the sounds you hear all the time, the ordinary and mundane, the sounds so familiar you might not even notice them anymore! But listen carefully, you may be surprised what you hear!
This is the fifth track in our soundscape adventure series! It transports you way up high into The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country within South Africa. 2000 metres above sea level, Sani Mountain Lodge was located within a cloud, step into this mysterious sound world through captivating sound recordings and spoken word.
This is a free resource that I'm creating in the hope that it will help families during these difficult times. If you do find this useful and use it with your children, please do let me know! I would love to see any work that is created in response. And if you would like to support me in making more soundscape adventures in the future then there is a 'pay what you want' link on the Bandcamp page.