Our last article shared how LOUD our transportation theme got, but couldn’t predict the noise of “Orchestra” week! I’m sure anyone who has or works with kids can imagine though – the joyous noise created by exploring the sounds of music.
Throughout the week we had a dozen toddlers to ten-year-olds visit Adventure Academy. Monday, Wednesday, Fridays have become a day of all age ranges, where Tuesdays are tots only and Thursdays are elementary ages. This makes lesson planning interesting when your trying to make sure all children get the benefits of all curriculums offered. One of the curriculums we utilize is Mother Goose Time. All ages were excited to open this months “Sights and Sounds of Winter” box and predict what activities would be included. Many students guessed instruments would be included in the unit.
Instruments are a fun topic during the holiday season as we immerse ourselves into Christmas music and songs about snow – which seems to have melted across most of the area! The excitement for the season is not melting with the snow – it’s only growing with energy and jingle bells. Jingle bells, cymbals, drums… We found the pattern in different beats playing along with holiday favorites and making our own music.
We took deeeeep breaths and practice woodwind and horn skills and noted how our bodies help us make loud and quiet noises and where certain noises are appropriate…. The library might not be the best place to hold our rock concert.
String instruments were voted the students favorites – especially electric guitars. (So bummed my pics of the violin craft and piano keys game disappeared – they were really cute!) From pianos to singing to everything in between it was a very busy and very loud week, which could easily continue all month long, but we’ll continue to transition onto our other senses AND the sense wonder for the season we’re in.
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