March 24, 2016
Vacation: Liz will be on vacation next Monday and Tuesday. We will see her again on Wednesday!
TIP OF THE WEEK
Lets Make Music
Playing and hearing music can increase your child’s listening skills, memory, and coordination. There’s evidence that it helps with reading and math too. Inspire your child to enjoy music with these easy tips at home:
o Tap out 3 or 4 notes on a toy keyboard or xylophone, and see if your child can copy you. He’ll need to listen carefully and remember the notes you played. Then, let him play notes for you to copy.
o Help your child make a drum. You can use construction paper and tape to cover a coffee or oatmeal canister and then decorate it with crayons. Put on some music and have him use wooden spoons to play to the beat of the song.
o Find an old water bottle and refill it with a material that can make noise such as rice, noodles or beans. Let your child decorate the bottle then wala! You’ve created a shaker.
o Play a variety of music for your child and explain the different genres.
TOPIC OF THE WEEK
This week we talked about music! We explained to the children that there are many different types of genres of music and we played a sample of each. The children are aware that music is created with instruments and/or singing. We had a lot of dancing going on in our room this week as the children listened to music while they played. One of their favorite special activities was listening to individual instruments played on the phone and guessing what instrument it was. Another favorite activity was covering a large drum with paper, adding paint to the top, then using recycled paper towel rolls and banging away- creating art masterpieces along with music.
NEXT WEEK’S TOPIC: Rain
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND-ELSI, STEPHANIE, AND LIZ