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Ms. Forney from La Mirada CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Parachutes, Scarves, and Ribbons...Oh My!

My students need a parachute, scarves, and ribbons as movement props to help them experience and respond to music in a hands-on and full-body way.

  • $269 goal

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My Students

My classroom is a safe space for self-expression, exploration, creation, and fun. Students spend their time enveloped in music from the time they walk in the room to the time they leave. The joy they emanate is infectious, which makes it hard for me to say goodbye each time.

I am humbled by these energetic and playful students who make me a better teacher.

While each class and grade level is different, play and experiential learning are key to their enjoyment and their successes. These students love to laugh and move, to sing and dance, to tell and hear stories. They listen carefully to music and interpret it through their words and movements. They read music and make it a living thing in their voices and instruments. Spending time making music with them is investing in the creative future of the community.

My Project

The wonderful thing about teaching music is that you don't have to tell kids to sit still and be quiet during all of the class period; they get to express themselves through motion and sound! And to be honest, that's a great thing because my students are what you might call "wiggly" and "gregarious." However, listening is a vital musical skill because it informs future creation and gives inspiration. Listening is a difficult skill for most young students, so providing a way for students to respond constructively to music makes the difference between a painfully tedious exercise and a joyful musical moment!

The parachute, scarves, and ribbons that you can provide for my students not only teach listening and responding musical skills, but also help in the creation of new music, and I can't wait to see what my students can do.

Using a prop and movement can help students understand musical form, dynamics, phrasing, layering,, the joy that comes out from children when you ask them to move with music and create movement is infectious and most students jump (sometimes literally) at the opportunity to move. Shy learners are encouraged to participate by the use of the props because it puts the emphasis on the movement of the prop rather than on their own self.

Carl Orff believed that music inspires movement and movement inspires music and one cannot pull them apart. Thanks for helping me give the gift of music through movement to my students!

Ms. Forney
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kidstix :: Rockin' Repertoire for Rhythm Readiness • AKJ Education $44.95 1 $44.95
Voilamart Parachute 20 Foot for Kids with 16 Handles Zipper Carry Bag, Play Parachute for Children Tent Picnic Mat Blanket Outdoor Cooperation Group Play • Amazon Business $38.59 1 $38.59
JUSLIN 12pcs Kids Rhythmic Dance Ribbons Gym Ribbons Streamers Dancing Streamers, Rotating Baton, for Kids Artistic Dancing • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Shappy 28 Pieces Dance Scarves Square Juggling Scarf Magic Scarves, 14 Colors, 24 by 24 Inches • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!: Listening Lessons with Movement Props • Amazon Business $30.35 1 $30.35

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