Our week started on a high note with the visit of David The Music Man, who visited us with his wonderful collection of Musical Instruments from around the world, some were familiar , others were new to us . He talked to the children about these instruments, explained how they worked, sometimes he showed the internal workings of them, and played them for the children to hear – what a talented man! He played songs the children were familiar with on different instruments, and asked the children to recognize them, and they were able to. We all joined in singing songs and clapping in time to the music, and had a turn at playing percussion instruments , the children all had a turn to try playing a Trombone if they wanted to , they were able to produce a sound too. His collection of musical instruments included stringed instruments, wind instruments, brass instruments and percussion instruments, even a saw, a plastic bottle, and a garden hose with a funnel attached. The instruments came from all around the world, including America, Africa, England, Ireland, Greece, Argentina, Macedonia, Italy, & West Indies. So much for us to learn about – we sent home a list of all the musical instruments the children had seen for the parents to see and be able to discuss at home. We have taken photographs for the children to look at and talk about. We also have a Reference Book about musical instruments of the world which we have discussed at mat time, and is available for the children to refer to at all times.
We made our own musical shakers- the children collected a lot of the small nuts that fall from the tree in our playground, and then we made our shakers by using two paper plates with the nuts inside- the children stapled these inverted plates together, then decorated them by painting them and adding streamers . We will use these to make our own music with the children , then they will take them home. We will also explore what other instruments we can make from what we can find at Kindergarten.
We are enjoying the dancing sessions with Karen – this week it was based around shapes and colours, which we have been exploring through our activities at Kindergarten, and will continue to do so. We are learning new songs and games with Kylie too – great experiences for the children.
What a busy week.
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.