Termly Training March 2011
At the termly training in March 2011, we covered the following rotators and elements:
Walkers to 2 but can be done quite successfully with 2-4. A few of you have even done a couple of the songs with your babies – the plane one seems to work well in the parent gets up and flys around with the baby in their arms.
New things to do with:
- Bike – lay on the floor and cycle in the air. On the bit where you go down hill, do the splits in the air – seems to guarantee some hilarity!
- Horse – finish with some ‘dressage’ getting knees up high and pointing your feet.
- Plane – once you have landed your plane at the end of the song, there is enough time in the outtro to take off again and go for a final ‘zoom’ around the room.
- Train – during the outtro it is fun to make a tunnel with some of the parents (4 or so is a good number) and get the children to drive their trains through.
A really popular activity with parents and children, with a nice variety of music. People are particularly fond of the weather and space versions.
It’s important to explain to parents before you start that this activity is all about big cross body movements – good for developing the connections across the brain through co-oridnation.
Make your actions really exaggerated so the children find it easier to follow.
Only really successful with the older children.
Count it /Throw it
Can be difficult to get the children to do what they are supposed to! Could use mats instead of hoops.
What’s That Sound
- Use the quiet song before each sound to signal to the children it is time to listen. Then repeat the sound three times. On the first sound, ask ‘What is that?’ and get their attention. On the second time, show the picture and perhaps do the baby sign of it. On the third sound, name it again, showing the picture and ask the parents and babies to make the sound themselves.
- Make sure the sound isn’t so loud it might scare the babies!
Where’s That Sound
- Warn parents before you start that they will need to pass an instrument around behind their backs, so place their babies in their laps in such a way as to hold them with one hand.
- Make the circle small and close so that the parents can pass the instruments easily without having to stretch.
- Ask the parents not to give the instruments to the children once they are revealed as its hard to get them back!
Claves are good to use as well as castanets
Good to pick just a few rhythms (about 8) each half term and rotate them so the children become more familiar with them. When choosing, have a couple of very simple ones, a couple of harder ones, and a few stretching ones.
It’s very important in this activity that children ‘feel’ the rhythm and count the rhythm first – clapping and counting first can help when you do the simple rhythm before using the sentences.
A nice activity to pick out a few children for praise each week – effort, concentration as well as achievement.
Remember to explain why beat competency is important. Also explain to parents that beat competency is a very hard skill to master and it can take a whole term before children can do it, so not to worry if their child seems to be struggling.
Think about using hand positions to reinforce the rhythm, for example on aeroplane, aeroplane, aeroplane, fly – you go beat the fly above your head.
It’s good to do the rhythm sentences early in your lesson as it needs the children to concentrate hard.
Ralph’s Summer Holiday
Good songs for warm up:
- Feeling Hot Hot Hot
Good for songs:
- 5 Fat Sausages (say having a holiday BBQ)
- Big Ship Sails
Good for instruments:
- Cliff Richard’s We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday
Good for Parachute:
- We Are Sailing
Good music for props:
- Somewhere Across the Sea
Its really important to use props to set the scene, e.g. dressing up Ralph, using a suitcase, having a towel and rubber ring.
Trish recommends doing the story as a mime with Ralph, so the children keep focused on the story. Also keeping your props in the suitcase keeps them out of over-eager hands!
You could ask the children to bring in their own bears for the holiday class so that their bears can join in the story. However be aware that they will want to keep their bears with them throughout the class, so plan accordingly!
A nice activity is to go surfing – use baby mats and put on Hawaii 5 O or Wipeout. Or use hula hoops and flower garlands along with some Hawaiian music.