My students are five. They come from poverty. They are a minority, but perhaps most importantly, they are five and there is a myriad of things that need to be taken into consideration when dealing with five-year-olds. It's my job as their teacher to consider them and plan accordingly, not only with my lessons but also with my words and how I set up the learning environment.
My students are dynamic, varied and full of wonder, and it's my job to nudge them along in their journey to becoming happy humans capable of a fulfilling life.
Bev Bos, a mentor of mine, says that, "If it hasn't been in the hand...and in the body...it can't be in the brain."
I couldn't agree with her more.
My ukulele, which I've been learning to play over the last two years, has become such a wonderful asset to my kindergarten class. Music permeates much of my day, whether it's singing a class favorite, singing an original song I wrote for my kiddos or accompanying my students as they make up their own special songs which I'm always encouraging them to do. Students are allowed to use my ukulele and often do, but I feel one is not enough. We need ukuleles and drums plus replacement plans.
These instruments, which include 10 ukuleles, will be outlets for my children to express their emotions, develop their brains, and create rhythmic waves of joy.
In short, these instruments will have the power to change their lives.
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