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Movement, Seasonal

Spooky Fun

It's October!!! I think Halloween/Fall music is one of my favorite seasons to teach in the classroom. There are so many things that can be done and so much that can be listened to. Students love playing games with pumpkins, ghosts, and all kinds of creatures. I'm going to share today one of the story-songs… Continue reading Spooky Fun

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Children’s Books & Music: Brown Bear

One of my favorite So-Mi beginning lessons uses the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Most of my students have already read this book numerous times before we do it in class, which makes it even more fun! I start by singing the story to the kids, just putting it into a simple So-Mi melody. At the… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Brown Bear

Literature, Movement

Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

I love doing Carnival of the Animals in first grade.  I use Carnival of the Animals to teach concepts like fast/slow, loud/soft and high/low. It also gives the first-graders a chance to learn how to listen to music and analyze it. Sometimes I also add in some extra "animal" lessons that aren't necessarily a part… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

Literature, Rhythm

Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Another one of the books I love to use with my younger students.  This is great when you are introducing or reviewing rest in your classroom, because the cricket is....Quiet!!  Like with a lot of my children's books I start with just reading the book at the end of class one day.  With The Cricket… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Literature, Rhythm, Singing

Children’s Books & Music: Goodnight Moon

I'm starting a blog post series about different lessons to incorporate Children's Books into the music classroom.  This first lesson comes from the book Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon With all my book lesson I like to just read the book the first day.  I take the last 5-10 minutes of class and read the book… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Goodnight Moon