I was happy to be filling in at Jessie’s for Rebecca today. The class was very small, just two toddlers, and they both felt like wandering a lot today. I tried a variety of songs and activities to reel them in. Participants did a great job with Head and Shoulders. We got the instruments out early and jammed for a good portion of the class, which everyone seemed to enjoy. The class had a strong finish with the parachute, which got everyone giggling!
Our first class back at Jessie’s Centre in a little while was a good one. One of our keen participants knew what was in my large black bag and kept pointing to it and implying that we should open it up. After many failed attempts to have her sit with us in the circle, we decided to mix things up a bit! Instead of getting out the instruments from the instrument bag at the end of class, we got them out at the beginning and opened things up with some jamming!
We were a small but mighty group today!! I brought the Rainbow rope for the first time, and the kids, moms and staff enjoyed making circular motions, rowing their boat, and going up and down with it. I also brought the Tingsha bells from Tibet, and they brought a certain peace to the room for the kids and moms.
I brought a Native American Ocean Drum to Jessie’s Centre this week. The kids were so taken with it. They sat in awe as I slowly tilted the drum from side to side. I got them to close their eyes and imagine they were at the beach as they listened to the sounds of the waves crash. They all took turns holding the drum up over their head and tilting it from side to side to watch the little ball bearings float across the inside surface of the ocean drum.
We rocked out to some Latin music and beats today. I demonstrated the Guiro, and had each kid and adult try making fast scrapes with the stick along the Guiro and making slow, longer sounds. We made loud scraping sounds and compared them with soft scraping sounds. The kids really enjoyed having the independence of holding the stick and making the scraping sounds themselves. Then we danced to Latin music for the movement portion of the class, as well as for the parachute part of the class. The adults seem to really enjoy the Latin beats and sounds.
The class had high energy and enthusiasm today. I started off with shakers and did some shaking songs such as Twist and Shout and Shake It Baby Shake It. The class was really excited about the special Instrument of the Week that I brought. I demonstrated and passed around the Kalimba (thumb piano) and the older kids were able to do it all by themselves and were really proud of that.
The kids were fascinated and intrigued by the Tibetan/Nepalese singing bowls that I brought to class today. They were a little fractious at the beginning of class but as soon as I brought the bowls out it was like time stood still. They were quiet, still, and became pensive. They all took turns clanging the wooden mallet against the singing bowl but they treated them gently which was nice to see. We observed how different sized bowls make different tones and we practised singing the different tones as a group.
I made this week’s class at Jessie’s a Halloween themed class. I dressed up as a witch and used Rainbow Songs Halloween Theme class material, which I had prepped them on at last week’s class. The kids loved the Thunder Tube, our instrument of the week, and they were all successful at shaking it and making it sound.