During the second half of this week we focused on patterns in music.
I introduced the topic by helping the children understand that one of our senses is very special that of hearing.
We are bombarded with sounds that happen around us but most often we listen to the sounds we want to.
At times we do not stop to appreciate some of the sounds we hear. So to help the children start understanding and appreciating this we played a game in class.
Game – Stop and listen to sounds.
Everyone had to remain quiet for 5 minutes and listen to the sounds around us. We then mentioned what each one of us heard.
The children came up with sounds that had meaning to them such as a teacher talking, children laughing, a chair being moved, a car engine outside, a lorry horn, people walking, and a ball being thrown.
This is an exercise that you can play at home with your children. It helps them develop their listening skills for their future life. Very often we hear what is happening around us but we listen to what we want.
On another day we did the same exercise but appreciated the sound of silence. Sometimes it is a good thing to stop and appreciate silence.
The children became aware that we can make sounds with practically everything around us. We created a sound pattern by using our hands for clapping and feet for stomping. We then created more complex beats by including banging on the table just like a drum.
This week one of our letters was linked to patterns in music – letter w. (More details in the literacy blog).
More pattern in music next week as well 🙂