As I write this, I have 5 days of school left - YAY! And.. Nay. I know what you must be thinking; are you crazy? Nuts? Over the edge looney? No - I look forward to making music with the kiddos and although I am ready for summer break and all that means, I like where my classes are "at" now in their ability, skill level, and knowledge. I also remember well the four to six week re-learning and review process that happens at the beginning of each school year and the constant, "Remember quarter notes? Yes, we learned them last year".
So while I am excited for summer break, it has been several weeks of "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something True."
1. Something OldActivities/Games/Songs that are Favorites. Break out the parachute for the Trepak activity that was a hit in December, or the Rattlin' Bog song they loved in March for St. Patty's Day.
Camp Songs - I always sing camp songs at the end of the school year and my students have really come to LOVE these. I have several already on the blog; check the right side tags and you will find "camp songs". If you are looking for a more "formal" resource. I just put together a HUGE set (19!!) of these with music notation, projectable/printable lyric slides and directions and though I usually offer things for free, this was a MAJOR undertaking, so it is on my TpT store and is on sale here!
Review Games - Candy Land Games I made using donations of Candy Land (ask and ye shall receive!). I have six of these games and the kids love them!
Kaboom- I really need to make new ones but basically it is a cup with 4 beat rhythms written on popsicle sticks inside. Four of the sticks have "Kaboom" written on them.
Hula Hoop Conducting - Elizabeth of caldwellorganizedchaos blog has a great post about how she uses these and I play in a very similar way. I love the games you can play with hula hoops and this is a great review of playing unpitched percussion or Orff instruments. Let the children take turns, too.
2. Something New/Something Borrowed
Recently found a new resource/lesson/activity? Borrowed a lesson or activity from another teacher (or from a blog.. hint hint)? Want to test drive it? Go for it! Now is the time to see how you need to tweak it and where it might fit best into your year long plans for next year? Is it a rhythm lesson but you have an idea for how to make it a form lesson - try it now, tweak, and jot down notes on how you need to further develop it. I keep a file called, "Things I want to try". It is old school- a manila folder where I print out or jot down ideas, lessons, songs, listening pieces I need to develop further.
3. Something True
While it is true that this time of year is typically filled with fun activities, be true and authentic; sometimes the songs that were "deep" are the ones they want to sing again. My oldest students have wanted to sing, "Give Light" which I blogged about in December in this post. The song resonated with them, and while it is not a "fun" song, it honors those with more serious personalities. My second graders have chosen to sing "This Land is Your Land" as one of their song choices on their last day.. Another more serious song, and not as light-hearted as "Found a Peanut", but I was true to their choice.
Hope you have a wonderful end and a great summer- check back, I'll be here! :)