Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sounds Abound! Sound Poems/Stories for each grade level

All of the students have been experiencing classroom instruments in sound poems/stories/songs.
It's been a big hit! (pun intended!)

2nd Grade: "The Spider and the Fly"
By Cristi Cary Miller

First Grade: "Something Went Bump"
By Teresa Jennings

"Ananse Was A Spider"
By Cristi Cary Miller

"Did You Hear That Sound?"
By Teresa Jennings

Kindergarten: "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything"
By Linda Williams

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kindergarten: Solfege, Boomwhackers and the "Sound of Music"

The Kindergarten Kids have been learning to sing with solfege, practicing the hand signs, and transferring their new knowledge to playing Boomwhackers (pitched tubes).
Clips that I show from a favorite movie of mine, "The Sound of Music", are perfect for the solfege unit.

Our Solfege Hand Sign Wall

Playing solfege songs with Boomwhackers!

Kindergarten kids engaged in "The Sound of Music"

Kindergarten kids practicing hand signs with "Do, A Deer..."

Sunday, October 2, 2016

African Music Unit...Enjoyed By All!

First graders have enjoyed experiencing African singing games, instruments and stories!
We made the connection to singing games American children play, and talked about how really all you need to have fun is a circle of friends, a rock, and in our case, shaker eggs!