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.
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.