Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Christmas is Here!
"Silent night, silent night, holy holy is the night."
We have seen three children take their first steps in class now. Thrilling for all of us! There is such quiet expectation before the triangle and rain stick are introduced, and putting the mouse under the chair is everyone's desire. I am personally very happy when the children understand that it is their turn to sing, or keep the beat, or show finger play, rather than doing the "solo part." Everyone is important in an orchestra, and everyone is important in a classroom.
At home you may want to emphasize listening, especially for instructions, and show pictures of instruments from library or other books. It would also be helpful to talk about taking turns: we earn a turn by staying in the circle, by listening quietly to all the sounds and to every child sing and play, we also take a turn with our parent or grandparent and by doing the finger plays and singing while others are doing a solo. Since this is how we sit in a concert and appreciate the music we are learning valuable lessons!
You may want to view this article, which reinforces that all we are doing is beneficial.
See you in class!