Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nursery Rhymes in 5K

We've been singing and reading multiple versions of familiar nursery rhymes in 5K. It's been a fun unit, and we're wrapping it up with the Wee Sing video, "King Cole's Party".
I'm busy learning names and will look forward to everyone visiting during Open House on October 8!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

African Songs and Games for First Graders

First graders were introduced to our unit by learning the "call and response" song, "Kye Kye Kule".
We were able to connect this with the "I Sing, You Sing" songs we have sung since Kindergarten.

Obwisanna is a circle singing game that African children play, most likely using small rocks. We used shaker eggs, as they were more fun!

The Lion Game is another circle singing game that we played. This game uses a rock and is an elimination type of game. We had lots of fun with this one as well!
We could relate these games to ones that American children play!

First graders got to experience playing a collection of African instruments!

We watched a Reading Rainbow video where we were able to see how an African drum is made, as well as demonstrations of other instruments, some of them which we have!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Second Graders Engaged in Learning

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Instrument Safari

In second grade music classes we are learning about the instrument families of the orchestra. This website presents the concept in an engaging and fun way.  Students are welcome to explore this at home, as well, and can register for a free account.