Submitted by Ann Robins, Raytown, Missouri
Idea posted October 22, 2003
Per the advice of several seasoned teachers, I decided to establish a routine for my classes. I feel like I'm covering my curriculum more in-depth and giving the students a variety of musical experiences, while providing them with the structure and dependability elementary students crave.CIRCLE TIME:
Students walk in and form a circle around the edge of the carpet. We use this time to establish and review "the basics." I use solfège and ta, ti-ti, etc. with my first and second graders. During this time, we do call and response, student-created rhythms and melodies, and sight reading. I use this time with my kindergarten students to introduce them to the classroom instruments and call and response music.LESSON:
We move to our regular seats and use about 25 minutes for our lesson and activity of the day. I am focusing on a different musical element every month, learning the specific concepts for that grade level in each class. I also use this time for seasonal music and activities.GAME:
Whenever possible, if there is a game that reinforces or extends a concept taught in the lesson, we play it near the end of class.R AND R (Read and Relax):
I always end with quiet time. We dim the lights and do creative movement, relaxation exercises, steady beat practice with quiet music, read a book, et cetera, then I call students to get in line. It's a very peaceful transition to the hall and back to their classroom!
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