This week went pretty well. I sat down with my copy of The Music Effect by Joy Nelson, as well as Sound Thinking by Philip Tacka and Micheál Houlihan and I started out by scripting out my Kindergarten lessons. I know the new Kodaly in the Classroom books exist, by the same authors, but I think it’s really important for me to do it, not rely on someone else.
I have the advantage of knowing most of the kids, so my first lesson is sort of a review, and a run down of some procedures like rules, and then just getting the kids singing. I personally think my 2nd lesson is more interesting because we aren’t going over rules, so let’s take a peek.
As you can see, my second lesson uses a lot of steady beat. The purple is all of my transitions. They will be words I am choosing to make a conscious effort to say to the kids. I will be also trying to make a conscious effort to stay out of it. This is the essential part of a ‘story’ lesson plan. It is also the way I can tie together songs that don’t really have a common theme. Chop Chop Chippety Chop is about food, and Johnny Works with One Hammer isn’t farm either, but they both work using the transitions. I even found a way to use a transition to add in time to practice for the kids singing in church in October. I haven’t picked the song yet, but I usually add some finger play, or steady beat movement with it. You can see my lesson plans have something called “Entry Points”. This is something I learned this summer from Joy Nelson that really involves addressing multiple learning styles so that students can be engaged in several ways.
I’m warming up with the Moosical Vocal Explorations I grabbed from Sally Utley during the Back to School sale. I’ve only got 30 minutes, for the entire week with them, so I feel like I need to pack in a lot! I’ve always tried to get a lot in for K – again, here my having them as preschoolers can really help me out since they will have a good foundation. Even still, I am really aiming to finish each lesson with a book, story, poem, or song story. This week’s lesson (since we are on the farm) will end with the book Barn Dance! by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. In addition to being a kids’ classic, its I love the way the book talks a little about square dancing. Plus it’s got tons of similes (“like a”, “as a”). It fits well with the theme, and its fun! This is truly a great book to let the kids imagine sounds. It’s also great because there is a rhythm to the words as you read. This would be a book that could easily be used to incorporate some ostinatos of the text.