The school year is coming to an end. Although I’m not in the classroom this year, I’ve always thought the end of the year is the perfect time to introduce the instruments of the orchestra. I’m not sure if it’s because of the field trips so many schools are taking around this time, or because it’s when my classes were finishing up recorder units, but I always taught the instruments unit toward the end of school. Last week, I shared different stories I like to use to introduce the instruments of the orchestra (Peter and the Wolf and Carnival
April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. I know it can feel challenging to introduce children to jazz music, but there are many fun ways you can do that! In the classroom, my favorite way to introduce jazz music was through children’s books. So today, I am sharing my top 10 children’s books for jazz appreciation month!
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1.THE JAZZ FLY, by Matthew Gollub
The Jazz Fly is so much fun! It tells the story of a fly who is on his way to perform
Today, I have some snow day activities and music to share with you. I don’t know about you, but we have been having record breaking snow for the last few weeks. As a result of that, our schools have had a record breaking number of snow days!
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When I was little, I loved snow days. We only had a few snow days throughout my entire school career, but each year I hoped for the elusive snow day to arrive.
This year, our first snow day was supposed to be my 4 year old’s first day back at preschool. He
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One of my favorite parts of Christmas is reading Christmas stories together as a family. This year, we are starting the tradition of opening up a wrapped Christmas book each day leading up to Christmas. I’m so excited! The boys look forward to finding out what book is inside the Christmas book bag (and even though I know what’s inside, I look forward to opening up the books, too).
When I was teaching in the classroom, I loved using books. I would incorporate books into music as often
I love oldies music. I love listening to oldies music with my children, too. A couple years ago, I started singing “waking up is hard to do” to my older son, since he’s not exactly a morning person. I just sang those words to the tune of Neil Sedaka’s hit song, “Breaking up is Hard to do.”
Little did I know that Neil Sedaka actually wrote lyrics for a new version called “Waking Up is Hard to Do!” I saw a video on youtube of him performing the song,
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (by Bill Martin Jr.) was very popular at our house when my oldest son was first learning the letters of the alphabet. It is such a fun book that children love! When I was teaching, I would read it with my kindergarten classes at the beginning of the school year, and they were really into the story.
Over the last few weeks, my two year old has become very interested in the letters of the alphabet. He is able to sing most of the ABC song, and loves looking at letters wherever he may find them. With that in mind, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some