When we are having fun in an activity, it is sometimes hard to stop our bodies in a safe and controlled manner. The Monkeys had so much fun with our movement activity that they were vocalizing and continuing to dance through the stops of the song. To work on listening and following directions of stop and go play, we practiced with instruments. What happened was a pleasant surprise!
I wrote a song to the tune of “Sweet Home Chicago” for students to have a turn of a solo, duet, and stopping to listen. These students who had trouble stopping before, stopped and listened to their friends play! They even encouraged them to play, “It’s your turn.” Students were smiling while playing during their turn and were excited to play by themselves or with a friend. They demonstrated they could independently follow stop and play directions and have patience while waiting.
Come on, (name) won’t you play that drum?
Come on, (name) won’t you play that shaker?
We’ll stop and listen, to (name) and (name) play.