Sing to God a brand-new song, because God has done many wonderful things.
Play a trumpet or a horn! Join the rivers and mountains in singing and
praising God. (Psalm 98)
This week I had the privilege of teaching some simple songs with the preschool. Oh my goodness, it was wonderful. I love how the teachers and aides were joining in to learn the songs so that they can reinforce the songs during the rest of the school week. I have decided to teach them some lovely songs each week. Thanks to the teachers for asking me to do this. They are just so cute and sincere.
All the songs that we have in our textbooks are fun and have creative ways to teach singing and theory for our students.
I spent time with the Kindergarten classes this past three weeks and have just loved the special time with them. Last week i played a beat on a bongo drum and they individually came up and played it back to me. The other thing about these kindergarten students have a love of singing of songs that they learned before.. Oh my gosh, you should see how many actually get up in class and sing alone in the front of the class. I think I have a class of some "little Hams" and I am going to take advantage of that. They could actually do their won variety show at the end of the school year.
Passing by the music room you will find the Grades K and Grades 1 singing their favorite songs:The Scat Song, I Know and Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly and a Grizzly Bear Song. We continue to practice songs that will be sung at Eucharist that week.3rd Graders have those songs that are singing games that they can play at recess. Some of these songs really make me smile becase they are those old time favorites that we have sang in our child that these little ones need to learn.
Grades 4, 5, and 6 have been learning about rhythm. They also did well in singing songs as a canon. This week we had the song Side-by-Side and the students we performing body percussion movement with a partner.
Grade 8 students are also studying rhythm and steady beat in class. We seemed to have to work on a lettle self control but I hav enjoyed having them in class and they will accomplish great things in class. Clapping rhythm beats and learning how to accent a beat within a song were are challenges this week. What a great time we will have as we enter more into the classroom texts.