We want to continue to support language and literacy development in our students so we are sharing a fun resource today from PBS Kids. Each week, celebrities and PBS KIDS authors are reading aloud their favorite books! You can watch them all again via the link below and also find fun, supporting activities for the whole family to enjoy! We've linked directly to the Make Your Own Dragon Wings Craft that was inspired by Michelle Obama's Read Along of There's a Dragon in Your Book.
Week 5 Kindermusik Assets Released - Theme: Color My World
Reminder post today since Week 5 assets have been released! Kindermusik is sharing weekly assets to assist you in engaging your little ones during these days at home! Weekly Activity Kits are bright, easily accessible downloads that are packed with ideas to help kiddos spark imagination, stay focused, and feel good about learning through playful, music-fueled activities. They share simple crafts, engaging songs, and helpful parenting tips. Sign up via our blog for access to the weekly activities and get reminders with downloads straight to your inbox.
Week 5 Includes:
Theme: Color My World
We live in a colorful world...let’s explore it together! Colors are one of the first and lasting fascinations for kiddos, so this week, we’re focusing on mixing all sorts of hues through crafts, letting our imaginations take flight through song lyrics, and recreating all of the bright tints and tones we see in nature. Ready for a trip to the best art museum ever? Let’s go!
Sound and Music
Ready to experience sound and music at home? Scholastic has compiled a plethora of online resources about a variety of topics. Today we're highlighting their resources on sound and music. Listen to the story Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, read the book All About Sound by Lisa Trumbauer, watch the video What's That Sound?, and do the activity Listening Ears. You can use music to explore every school subject, in this case you can explore physical science through musical concepts along with activities easy to do at home!
We wanted to start your week off with a little laugh or two - something for parents today! Enjoy relating to and laughing at some of the following "Parentisms" and carry that laughter through the week with you!
Fast and Slow
Connecting areas of learning to introduce new concepts is key for young children when trying to make the ideas introduced concrete. By using a hands-on approach through science, language, movement and music children can understand the concept of fast and slow very quickly. Teaching new concepts through the demonstration of "opposites" is also how children really learn to grasp the meaning of new vocabulary and topics. Here are some ideas to try at home when teaching about fast and slow!
Use ramps to show fast and slow. Items that can be used for a ramp include pieces of wood, trim, or even cardboard. Exploring the science of fast and slow motion may be their first exposure to phsyics and gravity in a structured way. Make ramps of different heights using blocks or other boxes to prop the ramps up. Use two of the same object like toys cars, balls, marbles, and so forth. Ask how the ramps look different. Roll the items down the ramps and discuss what your child sees. Then, try using other sets of objects to compare and contrast how different types of items move down the ramps.
Find old kid-friendly magazines to use for this activity. Have your child look through old magazines to locate pictures of things that move such as cars, animals, people, toys, etc. and then cut each picture out. Spread the pictures out on a table and have them sort into two groups - fast moving and slow moving. Get a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle, and label the two columns fast and slow. Have your child glue each picture onto the paper where he/she thinks it fits best and talk about their collage when they're done!
Children learn through movement. Creative movement benefits children in so many ways, so this approach involves having children use their bodies to demonstrate fast and slow. Find two songs, one with a fast beat and one with a slow beat OR one song that has sections with different tempos. Practice moving to the different tempos using examples of animals that move slowly (sloths, turtles, etc.) and quickly (rabbits, birds, etc.) matching their bodies to the way each animal moves while the music plays. After they've mastered moving to the different paces play a dancing game where you switch the music back and forth for them to match their movements along with, demonstrating their new knowledge of fast and slow right before your eyes. Fast movement ideas: tip-toe, jump, scamper, wave hands, pat knees; Slow movement ideas: twirl, sway, rock, crawl, wave scarves.
Check out the move and freeze video below to practice moving and freezing first, as well as ways for kids to move their bodies!
PBS Kids - Elmo's Play Date
We're re-sharing a fun resource from PBS Kids today that many of our students will love!
Watch: Elmo's Play Date
Join Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and a few famous friends as they find new ways to play and learn together. The Sesame Street friends will sing songs, play games, and take silly dance breaks with celebrity guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross!
Week 4 Kindermusik Assets Released - Theme: An Indoor Garden
Reminder post today since Week 4 assets have been released! Kindermusik is sharing weekly assets to assist you in engaging your little ones during these days at home! Weekly Activity Kits are bright, easily accessible downloads that are packed with ideas to help kiddos spark imagination, stay focused, and feel good about learning through playful, music-fueled activities. They share simple crafts, engaging songs, and helpful parenting tips. Sign up via our blog for access to the weekly activities and get reminders with downloads straight to your inbox.
Week 4 Includes:
Theme: An Indoor Garden
Whatever season you're in, an indoor garden will always brighten things up! This week, we're grabbing some recycled materials, your favorite listening device, and fresh snacks to nurture our minds, our imaginations, and the earth. Let's get growing!
Week 3 Kindermusik Assets Released - Theme: Train Trip
Reminder post today since Week 3 assets have been released! Kindermusik is sharing weekly assets to assist you in engaging your little ones during these days at home! Weekly Activity Kits are bright, easily accessible downloads that are packed with ideas to help kiddos spark imagination, stay focused, and feel good about learning through playful, music-fueled activities. They share simple crafts, engaging songs, and helpful parenting tips. Sign up via our blog for access to the weekly activities and get reminders with downloads straight to your inbox.
Week 3 includes:
Theme - Train Trip!
We're transporting ourselves again this week…this time in a train! They’re still one of our most important resources for transporting goods, and kids are fascinated with all of their moving parts. Engines, freight cars, coaches, caboose…the list goes on! Explore them through crafts, get the locomotive rhythm through music, and take an exciting ride on the railroad together!
The Kindermusik App is Here!
More screen time is a reality right now. Here’s some you can feel good about! The Kindermusik App is a great way to access some of Kindermusik while our classes are on hold and should really help with these long days at home. It’s screen time you can feel good about, and just another fun, educational plus using the power of music. We hope you and your family will enjoy the experience! Stay safe and be well!
Download the Kindermusik App free for all of your in-class favorites, themed music, and craft videos for days! Plus, let your littles try mixing sounds with our instrument play feature.
The App includes features like:
- Access to hundreds of Kindermusik songs
- Curated playlists for important times of the day or interests (e.g., naptime, mealtime, animals, and weather)
- Instrument play which allows your little one to try out different instruments with their fingertips.
- A packed video library with how-to craft videos, recipes, and more.
- Kid Mode which allows your child to explore features without accessing your account.
The Kindermusik App is avaiable to download for free on the
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