Thursday: Music

Jan 24, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lily put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the shapes, colors and Sign language words.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about migration.  Today the children told me everything they know about music. Discussed: when do you or people in your family sing?  Fun Facts:  Music is made up of different sounds and rhythms.  There are many types of music like country music, jazz, classical and rock. A musical instrument is a device created for the purpose of making musical sounds.  There are many types of instruments like the piano, drums, guitar and trumpet.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What could you use in nature to make an instrument? Explained that in the African grasslands, people use shells, leaves, nuts, seeds, sticks, and animal skin to make instruments.  We looked at the shakers they will make in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What does the beat of a drum sound like to you?  Explained that long ago tribes used drumbeats to communicate.  The drum is often referred to as the heartbeat of the community. We looked at the hands-on number 0 and discussed what it was.  We beat the drum zero times and discussed what that meant.  We then looked at the hands-on number 1 and showed 1 finger. I beat the drums 1 time.  We looked at the two numbers and discussed how to make the number 10 with those numbers.  We then beat the drum 10 times.  I had 2 bowls that we used to beat or clang together 10 times to listen to the different sounds it made.  The children then took turns beating on the bowls and drum 10 times.  

Social Studies: Discussed:  What is your favorite kind of music?  Does everyone you know like the same kind of music? Discussed with the children that each person has his own preference for musical sounds, tones, rhythms, beats and more.  Respect means that you understand that different people have different preferences and you don’t judge them or make fun of them.  We listened to our CD “Going on Safari” from this months lessons.  We listened to the different beats in the music and danced, sang and followed the beat. It was all African music and fun to dance to.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do these words have in common:  sing, shake, stomp, slap?  We discussed how they were all music words.  We then looked at the Hands-on letter S.  We discussed the letter and sound.  We then noticed that the music words all started with the letter S.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Lacing toys and Builders Kinect blocks.  Center 2:   Shaker Stick Art- The children will paint the small bowls and then staple them together with beans in the middle to make them shake.   Center 3:  Bilingual Book- The children will color the pages, add a picture to the last page and staple the book together.  We read this book in lessons.  Center 4:  My Little Journal-  The children will use paint to make 10 seed prints with paint and their fingers on the 10 page.  They will then turn them into flowers and practice writing the number 10 on the page.

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