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