Our focus has been the music of J.S. Bach, songs from Africa, Spiritual songs, Valentines Day songs and games, Noah’s Ark songs, Under the Sea songs and silly songs for Dr. Seuss week. We learned about Mr. Bach by listening to his music and moving or drawing to it. We talked about him and looked at pictures. We had a live demonstration of flutes from the orchestra. We learned Kye Kye Kule, Freedom Land and Pick a Bale which are call and response songs. We sang He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. For Valentines Day we sang Mail Myself to You, You are My Sunshine and Rags. We played Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone and Rig a Jig Jig, a moving circle game. Good Old Noah is a song about Noah’s Ark to the tune of Old McDonald Had a Farm. The 3’s classes did a great job playing the xylophone to it and we had fun singing about different animals on the ark. The older children sang Arky Arky and really got a good beat playing instruments along with the guitar. Down By the Bay was fun for Dr. Seuss week. We made up some funny rhymes! We also danced to Tooty Ta!
The 2’s are doing great with finding their singing voices, playing instruments and exploring classical music through movement and play. We loved moving to the Ble Danube Waltz while pretending to be sharks!
The 3’s are doing great with reading and performing rhythm notation and learning many songs!
The 4’s are doing great with performing their songs and improvising rhythms. They were excited to “see” Mr. Bach in the classroom and learn why he is important to music.
The Kindergarten is doing great with singing solfege echoes, singing and performing. They learned Funga Alafia, an African welcome song which they will perform in the spring concert. Recorders are a new addition to the Kindergarten class and we are off to a great start learning to play!
The Kindergarten Enrichment classes are doing great with performance and solfege as well. We are focusing on songs about the rainforest.