Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Rhythm of the Punch

The Penguins and Explorers worked on their punches in martial arts today.  I showed them how to properly make a fist by curling all the fingers in and placing the thumb on top of the curled fingers.  I talked about … Continue reading

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Choir Prepares to Take the Stage

What a productive choir rehearsal today!  We finished learning two songs, put together all the pieces for one song, and had a final rehearsal for a performance next week, all in 30 minutes.  Whew! The Explorers and Mustangs will start … Continue reading

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“This Old Man”: Eleven and Heaven Rhyme

For about a week, I have been offering a special sticker to a student who can find a word that rhymes with “eleven.”  The Owls, Zebras, Giraffes, and Bears have been stumped finding a rhyme.  On Tuesday, D. Alligators said, “heaven” rhymes with … Continue reading

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In The News: Life Long Benefits of Music

An article came out a couple of weeks ago in the New York Times about the long time benefits of early music lessons.  (Click here to read article.)  Researchers found that music lessons during childhood changes the brain and those … Continue reading

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Match the Color Shakers

The Seals and Elephants are working on colors.  In music, we worked on naming and matching the colors through shakers.  With all the color shaker options laid out, students chose one colored shaker to play.  Each student was their own … Continue reading

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“Stop, Wait, Go!” Dancing

With staff retreat tomorrow, I decided to make our dance time in music class different this week for the Ducks, Seals, Elephants, and the Monkeys.  With a red stretchy material tied in a band, students were instructed to dance with it: jump, … Continue reading

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The Shapes in the House

“You’re going to make a house.” – G. Monkeys With laminated color shapes, the Elephants, Seals, All-Stars, and Monkeys named each shape: square, rectangle, circle, and triangle that I held up.  Some students were very specific and labeled the color with the shape: brown square, green … Continue reading

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