One of the ways of helping children make sense of musical concepts is to incorporate other art forms, such as drawing. When we draw rain drops as dots on a page singing
"pitter patter pitter patter - I can hear the rain"
the small dots help with understanding about short staccato sounds.
Similarly, when we draw the wind while singing
"woooo woooo - I can hear the wind"
the long, colourful arches help children understand about the long legato lines of music.
These marks on the page are the beginning writings of your resident composer! Who knew?