April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month!
“Nearly one third of all people employed in profession of occupational therapy work with children, helping them master the “occupations” of childhood-learning, playing and growing.” (www.aota.org)
This week in music, I am having a drumming contest. Given 30 seconds, students play the tubano drum as fast as they can, not as hard or as loud, as fast. Most of the students play by alternating hands, playing two hands at once, or using just one hand. Playing the drum is great for sensory, hand-eye coordination, bilateral coronation, and upper body strength.
In each class, the top drummer is announced. At the end of month, each classes’ drum numbers are added to get a total class number. The class with the highest number is the music OT contest winner, combined with the contests in PE, drama, and art, one class will be the winner. That class with the highest score goes on a trip to Special Cheers, a camp where they ride horses, courtesy of the OT staff of the Carruth Center.