My classroom is made up of 'at risk' students. They must qualify to participate in our program. After a screening process which identifies financial, medical, family stressors and learning disabilities, which place the child at risk of being unprepared to start Kindergarten, they are offered the opportunity to enroll.
Often, my students life experiences outside of our classroom are out of their control.
This is evident in how they respond to their classmates, teachers and sometimes the environment around them. I would like to develop a multisensory classroom in which they may find a variety of outlets for their feelings, creativity, imagination and just plain enjoyment.
At this time, I would like to create a music center as part of our free choice time each day. I would like to provide my students with a variety of instruments and recordings. This will allow me to match instruments to themes, holidays and seasons to keep their interest and imagination alive.
A past class memory I have has inspired this project. After reading aloud the book, Parade by Donald Crews, and then watching a video of a marching band, my class wanted to form their own parade! I only had 5 instruments to share between 18 students. We had to divide up in small groups stopping every so often to allow each child to try out the few instruments, one was borrowed. What started out as fun, soon lost its spark due to the lack of instuments. With the added instruments from the 30 Player rhythm set, the Instruments from Around the World, and the Sounds of Nature Set we will be able to have a selection for whole class activities and will also be able to rotate instruments in and out of the center to keep interest high.
I want them to hear and feel the rhythms of a variety of world music while tapping and twirling, smiles spreading across their face.
I have asked for an assortment of traditional, natural and multicultural instruments for our class to explore the diversity of our world. I want them to hear the soothing sounds of the instruments of nature while remembering a frightening storm of the past and realize that in it is music and release.
The comfy listening corner will allow the children to feel comfortable and confident in exploring the music and instruments that are foreign to them. It will be placed in a corner of our room where noise is welcome and separate from quieter play areas. The Cassette/CD player will find its home in this corner also. There the children will listen to music and record their own music to share with classmates and family. I see this as the most popular center in the classroom!
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