Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lesson Plan - Making Music

Here is our weekly Lesson Plan for Ocean Life Week. Feel free to copy and modify this to fit your teaching style, and level! Please note: this lesson plan is not "instead of" but "in addition to" our regular daily pre-school activities. I only plan themed activities for 3 days a week, the other 3 days that we do 'pre-school' time with our children we use their regular activities unmodified for the weekly theme. To see our regular schedule click here. 


FREE Downloadable Presentation by Pirate School To Use With This Lesson!

Monday: 
Reading Time: Little Critter: Just a Little Music 
Reading Words/Flashcards: (These words come from their BrillKid Reading Program, something I would highly recommend investing in.) Laugh, Stand, Drink, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Bird, Frog, & Fish.
Signing Time Practice: Loud & Quiet (yep just a few this week we have lots we're reviewing) 


Arts & Crafts (this is done during the open court activities starting at 12:30pm)
Music Time:  It's pots and pans, spoons and spatulas. We're going to make our own band and record us playing! Sing songs your kids know like the ABC song or Tiny Tim from our sea week, and see if your carrying a tune will help them get in rhythm! You can even keep time with a spoon of your own! 
Discovery Time: Whisper and Shout games! Simon says say your name LOUD, Simon Says say your name "soft". even babies can hear the difference so be sure let them know if you're doing loud or soft! Try adding in some other adverbs if your kids already know these...such as "raspy", "smooth", "calm" or "quick". 






Wednesday: 
Reading Time: Music Baby Board Books, I'm a Little Tea Pot, Head Shoulders Knees & Toes... 
Reading Words/Flashcards: 
 (These words come from their BrillKid Reading Program, something I would highly recommend investing in.) Laugh, Stand, Drink, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Bird, Frog, & Fish.
Signing Time Practice: 
Loud & Quiet (yep just a few this week we have lots we're reviewing) 
Arts & Crafts (this is done during the open court activities starting at 12:30pm): We are making Shakers, ours are made from old Easter Eggs, rice, black beans, marbles, small pebbles, and other tiny objects to hear the different sounds! These are super easy to make, just fill the Easter Egg 1/3 or less full of your tiny hard objects and then tape them shut, let the kids decorate them with stickers and listen to the different sounds! Have older kids you think will want to get a little more involved? Go here for instructions on making Maracas! 
Music Time: Experiment with our shakers to find our favorite sound. Then record in our book "All about me" that we've been creating during our Open Court Activities, the instructions for making "My Favorite Shaker". Note: This is not an Open Court Activity but we've decided to expand our getting to know me exercise by adding more pages! Please keep an eye out for free download I'm trying to get up soon on how to make your own About Me Books
Discovery Time: Going on a nature walk before Music time today, to find objects to fill our shakers with. We'll make sure to walk past the kitchen on our way back in and gather a few last items. 



List of shaker item ideas
- Small pebbles. 
- Pine Cone Pieces
- Tiny Pieces of Bark Chips
- Sand
- Rice
- Black Beans
- Crackers Crumbled Up
- Water
- Metal Beads
- Pony Beads
- Barbie Shoes (if you have any children that play with Barbies) 









Friday: (Their dad does these activities with them)
Reading Time: Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams
Reading Words/Flashcards: 
(These words come from their BrillKid Reading Program, something I would highly recommend investing in.) Laugh, Stand, Drink, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Bird, Frog, & Fish.
Signing Time Practice: 
 Loud & Quiet (yep just a few this week we have lots we're reviewing) 
Arts & Crafts: Musical Bottles. Filling glass jars (we are using canning jars) with various amounts of water, and other liquids. Then take a spoon and tap the side of the jar... which one is loudest? Which is quietest? Which one is high? Low? etc. Label the jars for some really fun experiments! 
Music Time:  See Arts & Crafts
Discovery Time: Echo! We are watching Fun and Dance with Pocoyo in which Pocoyo discovers his echo. Then we're going to the park where they have large plastic tunnels for kids and we're going to play with our echo! If you don't have a park near by large boxes, or an empty room can also provide sound differences to play with. 





Resources for this week: 
I have started this section at the request of some readers. Here are a bunch of resources you can use to a fun filled week of learning on Making Music! Please feel free to share! 


More Music Activities and Ideas from Parents.com and Parents Magazine

Instructions on making Maracas from Nick Jr.

BrillKid Reading Program

Open Court Reading Program

Math Drills 



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