|Posted by teachcreativity on June 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM|
It's the time of year when my thoughts turn to projects for the summer to bring new activities, skills, knowledge, fun, and interest to my upcoming school year. This year I have several projects I'm very excited about:
1. I want to learn more Spanish and more Spanish children's songs. I started this last summer and had a great time. I discovered many easy and developmentally appropriate Spanish songs for my three-to-five-year-olds, including songs by Grupo Encanto, Isa, and Jose Conde with the group Baby Loves Salsa. These songs benefited not only my English-speaking students but also children I teach in two schools who are primarily Spanish speaking.
2. I plan to look up more information and games about the Kodaly solfege system. I did some of this this past year with my kindergarten groups and they loved it - I mixed hand signals, singing, and playing notes on the xylophone.
3. I want to develop more ways to involve children in constructing their own musical accompaniments to stories, using singing, sound effects, and instruments. I've found that the more children are involved in an activity's construction, the more meaning and understanding they get out of it.
What are your summer projects?