Hello and Happy May,
LowK has been playing with xylophones lately as they practice hearing low and high pitches. I had no idea that stretching up tall whenever they heard a high note and curling up like a ball whenever they heard a low note would create so much laughter in my classroom. It was hilarious and I was impressed with their ability to decipher high, middle and low pitches.
We have been singing "Tiny Caterpillar" as a way to practice a variety of instruments such as the tambourine, triangle, claves, cabassa, etc. as well as review ing the life cycle of a butterfly. Students are working on their hand coordination and collaboration skills with "Miss Mary Mack". We have done some improve dancing as we act like sea creatures and move to the music as well as practicing our conducting skills with vocal exploration games. Students sing a certain pitch when the conductor shows high or low hand signals and then when the conductor cuts them off they have to stop. It is really great watching a student take charge and lead the whole group in this activity!
Every class loves "The Little Old Lady" stories and yet, our new favorite is Pete the Cat, you might have heard your child singing “I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes.” Well, this week we read "Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus" and next week we will be reviewing "Knick Knack Paddy Whack".
Have a great day!