Since it’s October, we’re starting to learn some fall songs, including ones about pumpkins and Halloween! While we did the rhyme 5 Little Pumpkins, there was a lot of participation when the 4th pumpkin says, “Let’s run, and run, and run!” We pumped our arms like we were running fast, and got lots of giggles with it as well!
Our group definitely has some great rhythm – there was lots of clapping, knee slapping, and foot stomping, all right on cue – especially in Clap Your Hands and Sing 1, 2, 3! We also have some BIG fans of the parachute in this group; from the moment it came out until the moment it was put away, our group was dancing and giggling under the parachute.
We had a great time getting into the groove both musically and in terms of the structure of our class today! Some of the members of our class had a hard time sitting for the first bit, so we brought in lots of standing and moving songs. However, sitting for the Instrument of the Week and our jam time was no trouble at all! Our group was right into making their own sounds and music!
We had a fun-filled end to our session. Normally the final class of a session is filled with requests, so I asked the group for suggestions. We played through all of their favourites: (ABCs, Old MacDonald…). Then, I brought out the Djembe for Five Little Monkeys. We took turns playing before our extended instrument jam.
We had a very exploratory session today, with one new participant who had a lot of questions, and another returning participant eager to go with the flow. We had a lot of fun suggesting things we might see by the river for Listen to the Water. We flowed through songs on a whim, according to comments and suggestions that were made.
With only a couple of kids in the room, I decided to let them share their favourite songs today. We sang several classics like B-I-N-G-O, Old MacDonald, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum, and Down by the Bay filled with interesting new rhymes.
We started off in a circle, welcoming back our participants with some familiar songs such as Wake Up My Hands, Old MacDonald, and B-I-N-G-O. The children took turns clapping and making animal sounds, and when we were nice and warmed up we stood up for a good movement set, including The Hokey Pokey, and Shoo Fly, before ending with a super fun jam session. Some kids were very excited to get their hands on the maracas, so I reminded everyone that maracas were for shaking and we played some shaking songs to reinforce it.
We had a great time introducing some new participants into the group. We started off singing in a circle and getting comfortable with each other, before standing up for a raucous dance session, which included Do the Monkey, and Five Little Monkeys. These guys love monkeying around!
We had another high energy music session today! After our Hello song, one participant requested that we sing her favourite song, B-I-N-G-O, which we did (not just once, but also during our jam session at the end). Other highlights included doing The Monkey, originally by The Wiggles.
We had a wonderful return to Parkdale Intercultural Association. Our enthusiastic group came out on a beautiful sunny day, and we sang through some requests and some favourites. During Old MacDonald’s Farm we paused to think of what a potato might do. We settled on rolling. The children got to see a Jaw Harp, and we ended with a jam session and the parachute.