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Message from Gari Stein
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In Tune With Babies
Now I know my ABC's . . . Is That What It's All About?
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Nurturing Baby & You: More Than the Music
Music & Movement For the Very Young
Music and Parenting: Somewhat Like A Symphony
What? Me, Teach Dance?
Here are some samples of the kinds of activities I've found work
really well with young children ...
- (to experience a continuous flow ... no materials needed)
- --- "Let's make some soup! --- what can we put in our soup????"
- --- "Let's chop-chop ... get out your choppers (side of hand on open palm)
- --- CHOP CHOP CHIPPITY CHOP CUT OFF THE BOTTOM AND CUT OFF THE TOP WHAT WE HAVE LEFT, WE'LL THROW INTO THE POT CHOP CHOP CHIPPITY CHOP.
- --- When children know it well we can chop fast, slow, low/high/whisper/no voice
- --- "GET YOUR STIRRERS READY!!!"
- --- Sing a melody while stirring with arms ... repeat twice using other body parts ... take a taste ... do while sitting first ... standing next time.
- --- HOLD BABIES AND GENTLY STIR THEM.
FEELING A STEADY BEAT
(Supports all areas of development)
- --- Groups of children with adults hold hula hoops and bounce while singing
- --- Pairs of children hold hands and sing while rocking back and forth
- --- Individual children rock side to side while sitting or standing
- --- With recorded music, tap bodies and incorporate bi-lateral arm patterns with or without paper plates
(A major focus of Sing With Me - Essential for learning.)
- --- With slide whistle, start in crouched-down postiion. Children rise up and down to sound of whistle.
- --- With slide whistles, adult makes different sounds and children echo back with their pretend whistles.
- --- Record sound effects, have children listen with their listening ears and lips zipped
- --- With recorded music that has distinctive patterns, move arms in a different manner for each pattern.