Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fabulous February

February came and went fast it seems.  The kids and I have been so busy, I haven't had time to sit and blog until now.  This week, I missed school on Monday and Tuesday due to ice.  It was back to school again on Wednesday and Thursday, then the snow and ice came back on Friday giving us an unexpected early dismissal.  "Snow days" are the best.  I love sitting in the warmth of my home to get caught up (with my blog) and regenerated.  With that being said, here's a peak into some of my February happenings.

At the beginning of the February, I put up this cool set of Black Musicians for Black History Month.  I found them on Teachers Pay Teachers from David Row @ Make Moments Matter.   The students really enjoyed browsing through the different artists while in the hallway.  The set is colorful and engaging.  Thanks, David!

One of First grade's new songs this month was 
"A Tisket, A Tasket." We learned the song to review rhythm and prep for La, then used a green and yellow basket to play a rhythm game. The student in the center walked around the circle as the children sang the song. At the end, the middle child "drops" his basket in front of someone else. At that point, a "love letter" is drawn from the basket and read out loud. The kids loved this activity. Check out the "A Tisket, A Tasket" rhythm cards on TpT.
For added practice, my fabulous firsties transferred "A Tisket, A Tasket" to our orff instruments.

Fourth through Sixth graders learned Cedar Swamp to review 4 sixteenths.  After singing this fun song, we added a clapping/movement activity and instruments.

As February ends, stay tuned for some of my favorite things coming up in March, and exciting news for The Music-Go-Round!