All Kids, All Smiles

Though sadly this week none of the parents accompanied their children to class, the smaller group was still engaged and participatory throughout. I’m starting to see the kids repeat lyrics and hand signs with less prompting, and their enthusiasm for the songs they have already learned continues to grow. The kids in this class are all very special and have a lot to offer. Hopefully next week they can share their enthusiasm with some more grown-ups too.

Cheeks, Toes, Ears, Nose

This week we had a small group made up of our youngest singers, so we focused a lot of our singing on songs that involve singing about and pointing to different parts of our bodies. It’s always really exciting when young ones who have been participating for a number of weeks suddenly “get it” and go from mostly observing to enthusiastically pointing to their noses, ears, cheeks, toes, heads, eyes, knees, and so on!

Small, Slightly Scattered

It took a little while to get all the kids into the room at the same time this week, so they tended to gradually filter in throughout the class. Though they always participate wholeheartedly when they arrive, I’ll make a point of highlighting the importance of everyone starting on time and parents being present throughout the class (there were fewer parents this week and they didn’t arrive until 10 or 15 minutes in). All in all, the class went well, but hopefully next week things are a little more timely in terms of attendance, as I wouldn’t want anyone to miss anything!

Kitchen Party!

This week our normal room was occupied, so we had class in the upstairs area next to where everyone has dinner. Because it was more central in the shelter, there were lots of passersby who came to join in singing or clapping along to the songs. Despite the more open location, the kids were really focused and well behaved this week, remembering even more songs and passing the bean bag around the circle with ease.

Walk and Stop!

One of our favourite active songs with this group is when we sing “Well you walk, and you walk, and you walk, and you STOP!” Our group is great at walking around, and are always keen to STOP at just the right time (and giggle!). We also did some tiptoeing, marching, and gliding, and it’s great to see the kids learn how to use their bodies in different ways as we move to the beat of our song!

Feels Like Fall!

On the day after Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to start the class with the 5 Little Pumpkins song from last week. To my pleasant surprise, many of the kids remembered the lyrics word for word, even going so far as to preemptively blurt out the next lines! This week everyone seemed quite excited by the songs with stops and starts, such as the Bicycle Song, Walk Walk Walk and Stop, and Shake it Baby Shake It. When one of the kids referred to one of these songs as being a game, all of a sudden some of the more reluctant ones started participating more eagerly. Framing them that way seems to be quite effective, and I’ve made a mental note as such. The children are also getting much better at sharing and putting away instruments during jam time, and it was all smiles by the end of class (as opposed to the occasional bickering over who gets which drum). Wonderful improvements!