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Library with Ms. Talcott: Books Before and After Spring Break

The children welcomed spring with unusual books about bunny characters!

The Red and Green Rooms listened to a book called Bunny Finds a Home by Jane Belk Moncure.  The book is illustrated with black and white photos, and has been in the school library from the earliest days of IPS.

T91cevimpyilhe Pre-K and Jr.K classes listened to Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen.  The book is about a “mean” dog names Mike who, unexpectedly,  becomes friends with tiny fuzzy bunnies.

 

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Mr. Doug’s Music News March 2017: Woodwinds

March has been an exciting month! We’ve been learning about woodwinds.

Woodwind instruments are instruments that you blow air into, and the instrument makes a sound for you.

Flutes, double-reed instruments (oboes, English horn, bassoon), and single-reed instruments (clarinets, saxophones) are all part of the woodwind family.

Woodwinds, however, do NOT have to be made of wood.

The children were introduced to various flutes from around the world.  These flutes included:  pan flute from Peru; slide whistle from Thailand (this sounded very bird-like and the children flapped their wings and flew around the room in response!); suling from Indonesia; a recorder; a Penny Whistle from England and the ryūteki (龍笛?, literally “dragon flute”) from Japan.

Mr Doug also demonstrated a double-reed instrument made from a drinking straw, as an introduction to the oboe.  This buzzing sound made the children laugh!

In addition to this, the children were given the opportunity to see and hear the clarinet. Each child was then given a chance to touch the buttons and change the notes on the clarinet as Mr. Doug blew air into it!

Finally, the children were able to participate in the reading of Charlie Parker Played Bebop by Chris Raschka! We had fun improvising and we even read the book backwards!

Some recommended videos to enjoy with your children are:

Single reeds:  Douglas DaSilva “Valsa Paraibana” Kristen Mather , clarinet Markus Kaitila , piano CV17NOV2016

Jazz – James Carter Sax Improv (2009) – World Saxhopone Quartet Live (DVD)

 

Double-reeds:

Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar: CCB 2007.03.31 ghaita

 

Learn about the English Horn with Pedro Diaz

Matthew Rosenberg: Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame CV21JUN2014

 

 

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iPad News: Apps for April!

Green Rooms:

screen-shot-2017-04-20-at-2-56-49-pmYour child will be able to guide Jinja the cat through an enchanted forest filled with fairy tale creatures in Sago Mini Fairy Tales.  In this app, children are able to meet new friends, play dress-up, and even meet a frog prince!  This is an open-ended play experience that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

screen-shot-2017-04-20-at-2-57-16-pmSAGO Mini Bug Builder is an app that allows children to create, hatch, and play with bugs!  Start out by taking a simple shape and color; design what you want the bug to look like; and top it off with a hat that can be silly or stylish! When done, feed and clean your creation, and finish it all off with a picture that may or may not turn out silly.  Make as many as you would like, and make them as unique as you want!

Pre-K and Jr.K Rooms:

screen-shot-2017-04-20-at-2-57-03-pmQuick Math Jr.- Quick Math Jr. is an award-winning app that is not only fun, but adapts the difficulty level to each player’s level.  There are 12 different games that keep children on their toes! Once a level is completed, create your own monster characters with features won after solving the math problems.

bee-bot-600x600 In Bee-Bot land, the children are in the process of naming the bots!  Each student contributes one name to the collective list; later, each child will vote for his/her favorite! Last month, the children were introduced to two new directions for their codes:  right and left.  While continuing our lesson on directions, the children took turns programming the Bee-Bot around our Shape Mat!  Not only does this mat allow students to work on shape recognition, but it also provides practice with color identification and creating patterns, too!mat

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Movement with Ms. Peggy: April 2017

Traditional dancing can be another term for folk dance and will have often arisen from a people’s cultural traditions. Traditional or folk dancing is generally more of a social activity rather than a competitive one, but it is normally choreographed and are mainly danced in some type of formation.

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Folk dancing is a wonderful way to expose young children to ethnic and regional music, allowing for children to experience the world’s rich diversity. The music contains simply presented rhythmic sequences that change in emotion and tempo. The purpose is to have fun, dance in time to the music, and develop a love of dancing. Everything else is secondary!

Some types of traditional dancing include line dances, circle dances, and partner dances.  Here are some of the songs and dances that we learned about and listened to:

  • “Knees Up Mother Brown”
  • “The Hokey Pokey”  
  • How to time a simple polka (quick, quick, slow)
  • Line formation of an Irish wedding dance called “The Siege of Ennis.”

In the coming weeks, we will add the following songs and dances to our repertoire:

  • “Mayim, Mayim,” an Israeli folk dance
  • The fanciful Danish dance, “Seven Jumps.”  This song is believed to be part of a ritual to make corn grow; the higher the jumps, the better the crop!
  • The flamenco dance from Spain, characterized by fast feet and toque de palmas (clapping hands).
  • A dance from South Africa, “Pata Pata” (incorporating characteristic percussion rhythms associated with this culture)
  • “The Chinese Friendship Dance (classical Chinese dance with the use of characters)

Benefits of the dancing-themed lessons:

  • Fosters a sense of community (social skills)
  • Reinforces sequencing and develop memory through repetitive patterns
  • Moving to the pulse of the music refines beat competency (necessary for speaking, walking, cutting with scissors)
  • Brings awareness of different cultures through hearing and moving to music
  • Builds the range and capacity to move in a variety of ways

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Clay Art at 86th Street with Mrs. Foss

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Science with Ms. Mary: Seeds

This month, homepage_logo we welcomed spring with a variety of seeds and seed-related activities and experiments:

  • We planted wheat seeds in soil.
  • We set up seed sprouters to observe the germination of wheat, popcorn and kidney beans.
  • Finally, we started growing mung beans, which will become edible sprouts in about one week…if we remember to keep them moist!