Monthly Archives: September 2012

“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

Posted in Creative Movement, Dance, Ducks 12-13, Elephants 12-13, Monkeys 12-13, Seals 12-13, Stretch Band | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All-Stars 12-13, Elephants 12-13, Monkeys 12-13, Seals 12-13, Shapes | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Goldilocks, Three Bears, and the Keyboard

Given the opportunity to play the piano or keyboard, young students either bang away at the keys or stare at the keys, wondering how to play it.  To provide structure in exploring the keyboard for both types of students, I … Continue reading

Posted in Keyboard, Music Lesson, Story-Telling | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

America Through Music and Pictures

The Penguins and Labs are learning about America.  In music, we read and are learning to sing the song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” with the book illustrated by Todd Ouren.  The second time we read the book, I asked the student … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Book, Labs 12-13, Penguins 12-13 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Stretching With Scarves to Promote Wellness

In Creative Movement classes, the Seals, Elephants, All-Stars, Monkeys, and Giraffes are pushed in their physical and mental limits through different movement activities of impulse control, balance, and coordination.  For some students it is a great class to spend their energy.  After all of … Continue reading

Posted in All-Stars 12-13, Creative Movement, Elephants 12-13, Giraffes 12-13, Monkeys 12-13, Scarves, Seals 12-13, Wellness | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment