“Grammaticant: Only surprise knows. Growing up starts when you’re young. ” Fun-themed itinerary for children. A training workshop on these topics was held by Alberto Villa at the Integral Institute “Gianni Rodari” of Soveria Mannelli – Carlopoli.
Four intense days of music, dance, gestures to the rhythm of blues, rock, rap – points out a note received in the editorial office that we publish – in which the complexes of the nursery IC Soveria Mannelli-Carlopoli, directed by the manager Antonio Caligiuri, they have been transformed into an educational laboratory with a special interest in the musical and motor aspects, whose primary purpose was to empower each child individually and make them a living and motivated protagonist of learning. The enthusiasm, vivacity, sympathy, proven international competence of Master Villa, creator of the method “Grammar”they have literally overwhelmed and involved children, teachers and parents in a training course marked by a friendly and festive atmosphere.
“Grammar: Only surprise knows. Growing up starts when you are little”, It is a significant formative experience that, in addition to making teachers aware of the irreplaceable value of their work, has allowed them to consolidate didactic-educational strategies, through the animated musical language.
The didactic proposal It aimed to introduce teachers to new strategies aimed at promoting a lively and creative school, capable of accompanying each child in their process of personal growth.
Music in the field, accompanied by gestures, memorization of texts, psychomotor coordination, it is the tool that best responds to the expressive need of children, it becomes a privileged place to enhance the primary need of each child to become a living and motivated protagonist of his time. in their space and therefore in learning.
Way, in line with the change that is taking place in the school system and in society as a whole, dedicates its special attention to personalized teaching exemplified by a workshop activity. Animated musical language responds very well to the child’s need for expressiveness because it moves his whole person, favoring a very important gesture of the bodily elements. It flows and builds an open and positive attitude towards the Real. If we consider then the context in which this experience takes place, that is, TOGETHER with the rest of the children and teachers, we can conclude that this activity, together with the other “ordinary” ones, contributes to achieving the ultimate goal of the education, that of harmonious growth, orderly and able to request, to bring out the child’s own ego.
The musical factor, it is worth reiterating, moves the student from within (even in early childhood) because by his nature he is a bearer of expressive and creative positivity. Even musical genres that are the most well-known and contrasted experience in the tradition (such as Samba, Blues, Tango, Rap, etc.) have proven to be very central to the child’s experience.
Using the musical language applied to learning, the training itinerary has favored the discovery and sharing of a creative and emotional experience, useful for the development of social skills, necessary to relate to others, in a dynamic and fun dimension.
Acting in public and in a groupIn addition to fostering communication skills, it allows you to address your fears and use tacit channels. Listening to and singing the songs of Master Villa, the children express surprise and happiness; through music they have fun, get together in a shared environment, acquire grammar knowledge and skills that can be dedicated to other fields of knowledge.
It is important to reiterate what prof. Gianfranco Porcelli, of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, professor of Glotodidactics, in the presentation of Grammaticanto:
“A proposal that breaks the school routine, a new method of teaching because it takes up the old taste of docere delectando, which involves attention to the person. Those who live in the school and want the school to be alive, do not allow themselves to be caged but react with creativity and educational tension to the problems that everyday experience brings to light. Singing helps to ensure that words are imprinted in memory, be they examples or technical terms needed to accurately describe the mechanisms of language. At the same time, the joy of singing together and the discovery that one can usefully play with the styles and rhythms of contemporary music serve to overcome the understandable resistance to learning that may seem abstract and arid. … We must remember that the child is a person, who must be helped to grow as such: not only rationality but also affectivity; not only the mind but also the body; not only matter but also spirit. … The educator is also a person, who cannot be a true educator if his personality cannot develop in all its factors; and this explains the reception they find offers like this … This reference to the roots of educational action does not seem forced: they are roots that are rooted in the uncontrollable search for Beauty and Truth “.
Precisely in this historical period in which the crisis has further aggravated an educational emergency that did not arise with the pandemic, but pre-existed them, the joy of being is great. “The awakening of the human being occurs precisely in the face of each crisis with an openness to the provocation that this crisis entails and we can see the awakening of a creativity, of an ability to involve people in action.” (J. Carron)
The crisis as an opportunity to grow, because a recovery is impossible if it is not from a positive experience.
This is what the master Alberto Villa, through his music, his gestures, his person has made live and live all the actors of the Nursery IC Rodari. “It was a renaissance,” one teacher said at the end of the activity.
“Hope it is born when something happens in the present, in that situation something happens that opens my eyes ”. “Hope is a certainty in the future by virtue of a present reality.” (L. Giussani)
This is what we want for each one of us, for our land, for our children.