It has been a wonderful first few weeks getting to know this new group of Kindergarteners. Since Kindergarten is the first year that the students have me as their music teacher, it is always fun to watch them walk into the music room wide-eyed, and begin to learn what our music class is like!
The beginning of Kindergarten music is all about establishing a foundation. The foundation that we are setting right now is what they will build on for many years! I am beginning to equip them with the most basic and essential tools, that we will continue to sharpen all year long.
In our first few lessons, we have spent a good amount of time becoming comfortable and familiar with the music room and its procedures. As I have seen in the upper grades, once these are in place, our time in the music room can go incredibly smoothly. Since our room is a large space in which such a large variety of activities take place, it is so important to lay down these routines and expectations from the beginning. It is a new space to these students, and there are many new daily norms to learn, including our hello song, their line spots, scatter spots, story spots, circle spots, transitions, instrument care, line-up routine, and goodbye song! Whew! They have done an amazing job of adapting to these new things in this new room!
In the midst of learning these routines, we have had a lot of fun as we begin to make music together! We have been laying the foundation of steady beat, vocal exploration, and imaginative play. The songs, stories, and activities that we have been doing are paving the way to label these important elements.
I have attached a few “ASK ME” questions, for you to ask your child and give them the opportunity to share with you some of the new poems/rhythmic chants and songs that we have learned in music. I’ve also included a digital copy incase they need a little prompting. 🙂
– Ask your student to tell you about the pie I was baking for my Aunt, and what happened to it! Ask if they can sing you the song “No more Pie”.
– Ask your child how my Aunt came into town, and ask if they can sing “Engine #9” for you while sliding their hands like the train.
– Ask them to perform for you “Here is the Beehive” (speaking the words, not singing yet) with the hand motions.