Hi! I'm Ayn and I am a Ga. Pre-K teacher, serving 4 and 5 year olds in an inclusive setting. I share my classroom adventures on my blog, little illuminations.
We LOVE music in my classroom! We have music playing throughout the day and have several music and movement activities each day. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have special guests come to the class and share musical experiences with us.
Already this year, we've had several great musical experiences right in our own classroom! Today I'll share a few of these experiences here with you.
This fall, Mrs. Starcher, a local elementary music teacher and mom to one of my students, came to share some songs and stories with us. Many of the students in my class will have her as their music teacher next year, so it was a great way to get to know her! She read the classic children's book,"Caps For Sale" and sang much of the story, which brought a whole new level of enjoyment to the story, for both the children and for me! She also played a couple of instruments, including the slide whistle (such a fun instrument!), and taught us a few new songs, including the Australian song, "Highway Number One" which became an instant hit and is requested by the students daily now!
We love to explore with sound, making patterns and rhythms with our rhythm sticks. Often, the children will use the instruments to add sound effects to a story I'm reading aloud. We like to play a copycat game where one student makes a rhythm and the other students close their eyes to listen, then try to repeat it.
While learning about nursery rhymes, we sang the song "Jack Be Nimble" substituting each student's name for Jack and each student took a turn to jump over the candlestick. A few times, we changed the action of the song from "jumping" to other actions like "skipping or hopping".
We discovered a great song about "10 Apples Up On Top" done in the style of Jason Mraz and listened to it while we balanced beanbags on our heads.
The kids frequently ask to hear songs that they hear "in Mommy's car". We've found children safe versions of popular songs like "Shake It Off", "What Does the Fox Say", "Shut Up and Dance" and their current favorite: "Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae". They really can "bust a move" and have taught me a thing or two! ;)
Often, the kids like to get out instruments or scarves and play along with the music. I have a box in music center available so kids can make an instrument of their own if they wish.
We have recently changed up one of our favorites, "Boa Constrictor" by Peter, Paul and Mary. In the past, we've touched our own body parts (sort of like head, shoulders, knees and toes) but lately, we've used a small hula hoop with several children standing on the outside and one child inside the hula hoop. We move it up the child's body to go along with the song. The kids love it!
We have a wonderful little company that comes in and provides enrichment classes in our Preschool. They offer classes in computer (Computer Pals) , music (Music Pals) and signing (Signing Pals). I was lucky enough to book them for an "in house" field trip. We learned a song in sign language, learned some new music and movement songs, learned sign language color words and had a lot of fun! . Mrs. Julie and Mrs. Natalie are so talented and we are so lucky to have them!
One of our favorite music and movement songs is "I Know a Chicken" by Laurie Berkner. We decided to make shakey eggs with some of leftover plastic Easter Eggs. The kids love making their own music and especially love to make it using their very own instruments!
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