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Each year, International Reggae Day on July 1st offers a unique opportunity to celebrate one of Jamaica’s most influential and beloved cultural exports: reggae music. At Sun City Wonderland Daycare, we believe that reggae music is more than just a genre; it’s a powerful educational tool that can enrich the early learning experience. Let’s explore the origins of International Reggae Day and how reggae music can be used in educational activities.


The Roots of International Reggae Day

International Reggae Day was first celebrated in 1994, marking the anniversary of a day dedicated to recognizing the global impact of reggae music and its contributions to the world. The day celebrates the universal appeal of the music and its message of unity, peace, and love. Reggae music, which emerged in Jamaica in the late 1960s, has since become a global phenomenon, influencing countless artists and genres worldwide.


Reggae in the Classroom

Reggae music, with its distinct rhythm and soulful melodies, is a perfect tool to engage young learners. Its upbeat tempo can energize the classroom, while its slower, mellower tunes can create a relaxed, contemplative atmosphere. Here are some ways we incorporate reggae music into our educational activities:


  1. Reggae Music and Movement

Dance is a natural response to music, and reggae’s rhythmic beats are ideal for getting little ones moving. We use reggae music for dance sessions, allowing children to express themselves freely and improve their motor skills.

  1. Storytelling through Song

Many reggae songs tell stories or deliver important messages. We use these songs as a basis for discussion about topics such as friendship, respect, and caring for the environment, helping to develop children’s social and emotional understanding.

  1. Reggae Art Projects

Inspired by reggae music and its vibrant associated imagery, children can engage in art projects like painting or crafting. This activity allows them to express what the music makes them feel and think, promoting creativity and self-expression.

  1. Learning with Lyrics

Reggae songs often contain meaningful lyrics that can be used to teach language skills. We encourage children to listen to the lyrics and discuss their meanings, which enhances their listening and comprehension skills.

  1. Reggae Rhythm and Instruments

Introducing children to the instruments commonly used in reggae, such as drums, bass guitar, and keyboards, can be an educational exploration of music. Children can learn about different sounds, rhythms, and how music is made.



International Reggae Day is not just a celebration of a music genre; it’s an opportunity to connect our children with a rich cultural heritage. By infusing reggae music into early learning, we provide a joyful, engaging, and meaningful educational experience. It’s a way to honor our roots while fostering a new generation’s love for learning and appreciation for the arts. Let’s keep the rhythm alive in our hearts and classrooms!

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