This weekend, I had a chance to go through the entire teacher’s binder of “Musicplay for Kindergarten”. I am always on the prowl for resources for K-1, and this one is definitely one I will be using. This curriculum has numerous lessons, ideas and songs that can be used in a Kindergarten music class or in a general classroom. Musical concepts are emphasized in the lessons (dynamics, tempo, steady beat, movement, instruments, etc…), as well as cross-curricular concepts (seasons, shapes, colors, math, science, language, etc…). Before I bought this resource with my budget money this year, I was already using several songs from this book: Pass the Shoe, Autumn Leaves, Naughty Kitty Cat, Old King Glory, A Tisket, A Tasket…
Here is an excerpt about this resource:
“This product includes a binder (140+ pages) with 6 performance/accompaniment CDs. The Musicplay for Kindergarten program has been written to be a complete cross-curricular approach to teaching music and to teaching other subject areas through music. This program include songs for all the themes taught in the kindergarten classroom. These are just a few of the themes and academic areas that are included: names, colors, shapes, numbers, alphabet, fall, Halloween, pumpkins Thanksgiving, peace, friends, families, whales, beaches, dinosaurs, helmet safety, traffic safety and more! Musical Concepts are taught through traditional and composed action songs, singing games, singalong songs, chants and activities. This is a program for BOTH the Kindergarten classroom teacher and the music specialist with a real emphasis on integrating learning through music.” -http://www.christmasconcert.com/MusicPlayKindergarten.htm
**Update: During this week of music (August 30-September 3rd) I used these songs from the first few weeks of the Musicplay curriculum: Hickety Tickety, The Sitter Poem, This is My Speaking Voice, and the Melody the Elephant idea. All have been hits with my kindergarteners.
Looking for lesson plans? Looking for ideas? Well, look no further! When your mouse goes over the lesson plan tab in the top right, a drop-down list of grades will appear. Just click on the grade you are wanting lesson plans for (K-4) and voilà! The pages are a work in progress, but I have had a chance to upload a few of my lesson plans in PDF form. All you do is click the link and it will download to you. More will be coming as I have time to edit, convert and upload them.
My plans include:
1. The focus of the lesson – rhythm, singing, form, etc…
3. Essential Questions
4. Skills – using Bloom’s words…
8. National and Arkansas Standards