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MR DOUG’S MUSIC NEWS: SEPTEMBER 2018

MR DOUG’S MUSIC NEWS:  SEPTEMBER 2018

It’s great to be back at IPS and to see the smiling faces of our amazing children, ready to sing, dance, learn, and have fun! The year started with introductions and learning everybody’s name: each child was given the chance to introduce himself/herself, play my guitar, and dance as we sang their names.

We quickly moved on to learning a set of international songs as we get ready for our UN Day celebrations in October (check the IPS calendar for your location’s schedule).

This year’s students are a very vocal group of children who are willing to sing, even when they don’t know the words yet! This must be because they sing so much at home with their families and caregivers!

Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you at the sing-alongs in October!

In other “Mr. Doug” news:

  • My chamber compositions (Yes! I am a composer!) “Happy Birthday 2018” and “Marcha Aníbal” will be premiered by the Chamber Orchestra of Ensamble Rosario, October 20, 2018 in Rosario, Argentina!  I’ve composed a bunch of “Happy Birthdays” for this orchestra to play and hope to continue this tradition into the future.

Here is a video of my “Happy Birthday” from last year’s festival…

…and my Giacomo Casanova inspired “Storia della mia fuga”:

Enjoy!
Mr. Doug

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Library with Ms. Talcott: Early Fall Highlights 2018

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Welcome to Movement Class – October 2018

The creative movement classroom provides an inviting place of fun, imagination, creativity and self-expression.

Welcome to our first Movement newsletter. I am Miss Peggy, Creative Movement teacher, and as I begin my 22nd year at IPS, I anticipate another exciting year of discovery with the children.

Pre-school children are whole-body movers who tend towards perpetual motion; balancing and holding stillness are major accomplishments. Structured dance experiences help them to develop the following skills and understandings:

  • Physical:  Self-control, refinement of gross motor skills, and understanding of the relationship between their bodies and the space around them.
  • Social/affective: Listening, responding, taking turns, and working cooperatively in a group.
  • Cognitive: Recognizing, recalling, identifying, differentiating, and sequencing movements.
  • Aesthetic: Choosing and expressing preference for dance movements.
  • Metacognitive: Reflecting on their own and classmates’ dancing.

Our first weeks together are dedicated to the learning or review of 2 basic dance concepts: body shapes and space.

A story about “Giants and Elves” directs the children to move in a small, then large, shape while traveling throughout the space. There is no right or wrong way to improvise these contrasting shapes.  Initially, the children will concentrate on two shapes: circle (ball) and square (wall).   The significance of these two shapes are realized when we begin to explore the concept of core (closing in) and distal (expanding from center), one of eight essential movement patterns the children will experience throughout the year.

In addition, returning students and those familiar with performing a series of actions were directed to explore the movements of a squirrel. After a short review to reinforce the sequence (scurry, climb, jump, roll), our first movement sentence was created!

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Science with Ms. Mary: September/October 2018

This month, we learned about bugs. We looked at earthworms, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and mealworms. We learned about the things that make a bug an insect and explored ways in which an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects) can examine their behavior.

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Technology Fun with Ms. Nikki!

For the month of September, our Green Room students only needed to use one app!  The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Shapes & Colors is a wonderful app that has over 50 puzzles in six categories!  Within this app, children will learn to recognize basic shapes and colors, sort and match, work on patterning and sequencing, and much more!

Our Pre-K and Jr. K rooms put their problem-solving skills to the test this month.  With the award-winning app Thinkrolls 2, children navigated through obstacles and solved puzzles (over 200 of them!) to find their Thinkroll friend that is waiting for them at the finish line.

After working on their problem-solving skills with the app on the iPad, our Pre-K and Jr. K IPS students dove right into coding!  With the use of coding apps and our coding robot, the BeeBot, students will learn about concepts such as sequencing, estimation, problem solving, and directions.

For our first lesson in coding, the children were exposed to directional words (forward/straight, backwards, left, right).  To do this, we played a game which did not require the use of an iPad or Bee-Bot. First, rows of circles were lined up on the floor to form a grid. To play the game, one student started at the front of the grid as the robot.  The other children then gave the robot directions (code) to follow so they can get to the exit.  The robot can either step forward/straight one circle, backward a circle, or they can turn to the left or turn to the right. The goal of the game was to navigate through the “cave” to  the exit without touching the floor! This was such a fun way for the children to learn their directional words that they have asked to play this game next week too!

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