Monday, September 28, 2009

Musical Mondays- The Sandblock

This was the first week back to our "scheduled" life... starting with Music Class. I teach a music class- Mommy & Me style- once a week from our living room....This fall we are up to 10 toddlers (made up of 1 & 2 year olds) and 3 infants...soon to be 5 :)

I had the idea to start the music class over a year ago when I had enrolled in a similar class through Gymboree. I couldn't help but think that I could teach the class better (As I have an extensive Music background) and make it more entertaining...and economical....

The lesson plan is made up of songs, instruments, rhythm recognition, dancing and parachute time. The class lasts roughly 45 min followed by a play & snack time. I try and introduce new instruments to the class every 6-8 weeks (depending on what the budget allows).

This was the first class I have taught after Braeden was born. He pretty much slept in his swing the whole time...I introduced the Sandblock this week and the kids seemed to really like it and responded quickly to the instructions given.
Ryleigh with her friend Emily playing with the Sandblocks

Ryleigh during the playtime of class


Michelle said...

I love it!!! I will be linking to you for my TOTSchool post :0)

The girl who painted trees said...

I love the idea of teaching music class from your home. Do you think you could post more about how you do it? Some of the resources you use. I'd love to start a music playgroup where I live. What kinds of instruments have you introduced? I love the sand block idea.

Amber P. said...

I just found your blog from A Mommy's Adventures. It caught my eye because I do a musical playgroup with friends here. It sounds similar although you seem to have a stronger background in music than I do (mine is nonexistent) I'll be on the lookout for your ideas! I also do a laptime program at the library for birth to three that involves a lot of singing and movement mixed together with books. I'd love to share ideas with you if your ever interested :)