Little wiggly sponges, thoughtful and careful observers, and exited and jubilant imaginative students are what you might find in my classes. Ranging from Kindergarten to 6th, these students are up for the many musical challenges I present to them.
We love to move, play, sing and dance!
A day in the music classroom might involve moving and freezing in shapes, dancing a reel, singing songs while accompanying the tune on ukulele, recorders, or xylophones and percussion instruments, or even playing a singing game that involves chasing! Most of all, we enjoy creating music together.
Music makes us want to move. I don't know about you, but I can't keep my foot from bouncing, my body from swaying, or my fingers from snapping when I hear music.
In our music class, we "creatively" move to music- learning about form, dynamics, rhythm, and pitch and we need small parachutes and hula hoops to incorporate new movement possibilities.
Sometimes we use scarves, or ribbons and boas, or rhythm sticks to enhance our creative play. Using scarves as butterflies, or rhythm sticks to click patterns as we move in a double circle, but as I look to future large group creative movement activities, I would like to incorporate parachutes and hula hoops into our dances.
Parachutes provide a great way to move together as one. Kindergarten students need objects that require them to use large motor skills as they are developing. Parachutes will make it easier to control movement in unison, especially when say, finding the rise and fall in pitch, or keeping a circle moving clockwise and counterclockwise while making up parachute "shimmy" patterns, or bouncing objects to the beat. I need chutes that are small enough to fit in my classroom while large enough to allow 34 plus students to participate at once. That's why I need 12' parachutes with 16 handles each.
Hula hoops provide a way to tangibly grasp special awareness. They will be a great way to mark spots and use to move around in creative dance and instrument playing.
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