Monthly Archives: February 2012

“It’s Leap Day: 1, 2, 3, and Leap Over 4.”

Today is February 29th, a special day that comes every four years. In music we celebrated by playing “Leap Frog Numbers”.  In this activity, paper plates labeled 1, 2, 3, and 4, are placed around our music circle.  Wearing a … Continue reading

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“The Dancing Dragon”

In addition to music and videos to learn about Chinese New Year, I have been reading a book called The Dancing Dragon.  This book talks about cleaning, red scrolls, cymbals, gongs, singing songs, masks, lion dance, dragon dance, and the parade. … Continue reading

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The Chinese Gong. (Crash!)

The Parish School celebrates the arrival of a its first gong!  As A. Bears say, “It’s a percussion instrument.”  He is correct!  This percussion instrument is a flat metal disc that is hit with a mallet.   This suspended gong vibrates … Continue reading

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Young Lion Dancers

As we approach our Culture-in-Focus: China celebration on March 7th, all classes are experiencing both the dragon dance and lion dance.  For the preschool students, they are exposed to the lion head and dragon head so when they see the … Continue reading

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Music Therapy Success Story: Learning to Spell Name

About a month ago, I was asked by the principal of The Parish School if I would present a success story at the Board of Directors meeting on February 23.  I love to give presentations and to inform others about … Continue reading

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Chinese Zodiac: What’s Your Animal?

Laurel Oak and Post Oak classes are learning the animals of the Chinese zodiac, finding out which animal correspond to their birth year, and the characteristics of the animal.  In this process, they learn about the twelve animals: rat, ox, … Continue reading

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Parish Lion Dancers

I am so excited to share that L. Heroes’ mother informed me that she had a lion head and books on Chinese New Year and China for the ICATs to borrow.  With the new books on my bookshelf and a … Continue reading

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