Here We Go Again


Tomorrow is August 1st…the first day of school can’t be too far in the distance.  Personally, I plan to be on a beach when my district resumes classes, not because I particularly want to continue the “fun in the sun” too much longer, but to fend off any feelings of homesickness for my school that may try to assert themselves.  Last year at this time I was beginning the planning process for setting up my room, acquiring new resources, writing seating charts and all of the other things that need to be done before the kids walk in the door.

Because blogs are sequential by nature, all of my beginning of the year plans and activities are waaaayyyyyy back at the beginning of the blog, so I thought I’d  repost some links in sequential order, in case anyone may be trying to find something specific.

1.  First Week Procedures offers some of the things I worked on to get my classroom and self ready to roll.

2.  “Back to School Already?”  addressed warm ups and opening activities for kindergarten and 1st graders.

3.  Grade 1, Music Literacy Lesson #1 addressed teaching the concept of phrase to kinders or 1st graders.

4.  Second Grade, Lesson 1, Music Literacy Review addressed warm ups for primary students, and a review of concepts that second graders had under their belts: 8th notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, mi, sol and la.

5.  The Voice Lesson gave some ideas for teaching basic vocal techniques to elementary students.

6.  Grade 3, Lesson #1, Music Literacy focused on intermediate warmups and a review of tme signature, repeat marks, half notes, quarter notes , 8th notes , quarter rests and do re me.  It also includes the note value pyramid.

7. Grade 4, Literacy Lesson #1, review includes all of the Curwen hand signals, note values, solo singing and fermata.

8.  Grade 5, Music Literacy Lesson #1 addresses time siganture, bar line, bass clef, do re mi fa, quarter rest, quarter note, eighth note.

9.  Finally, for anyone who may be wondering not only where to start, but where to go next, take a look at the curriculum flow chart.

I hope these are helpful.  I’ll post the next sequence soon.


Jane the Retired


Jane Rivera, August 2012, All Rights Reserved


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fame1444
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 16:52:45

    Hi Jane, I’ve been following your blog all summer. First let me say CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement. I am only sad that I didn’t come across your blog earlier. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with the rest of us. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy those days at the beach!


  2. Jane
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 17:15:37

    Thanks! The beach is one of my favorite places in the world!
    I checked out your website and it looks TERRIFIC! Where are you located?


  3. Kay Humbert
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 19:43:14

    You are so kind to re-post these beginning-of-the-year lessons. I came across your blog well after school had started last year, so am VERY happy to have these resources so handy before school starts this year.
    Enjoy your retirement – you deserve the rest!
    God bless…


  4. Heather Zeigler
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 09:40:57


    Thank you so much for reposting your beginning of the year info. It is very helpful as I am starting out for the first time this year. I loved your warm-up routine when I subbed in your class this Spring and very much look forward to using it in my classroom also. I saved the filed to my computer but I can’t get windows media or iTunes to play the files. Any suggestions?

    Again, Happy Retirement!
    Heather 🙂


  5. Jane
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 09:52:38

    Congratulations Heather! What great news! Will the files play directly off the blog? They’re mostly all there, with the exception of a few that we’re copyrighted. I brought all my CDs home, so I’ll look and see if I can find the one you might have used. I’m also wondering if there’s a way you can rip them from the blog, but I’m not tech savvy enough to know how to do it. I’ll look around and see if I can find that cd.


    • Heather Zeigler
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 10:54:49

      I’m trying to play them from “05/04 Vocal Warmups”. The link is giving me an error message…. saying that the file has an .m4a extension. They saved as .mp3. It wasn’t a cd I used. Your student teacher played the warm-up with the students. If I can’t get them from the blog, may I buy a cd from you? I have the Music K-8 ones.


  6. Jane
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:39:22

    Goodness, Heather, you don’t have to buy it! It won’t cost me a thing to burn it for you….provided I can find it. Stay tuned…I want to check and see if they play on my iPad…I’m pretty sure they will. If you have access to an iPad that might work…I’ll let you know in a minute.


  7. Jane
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:40:19

    Yep…they play.


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