Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Make an Opera

Making an Opera

You will need plastic letters for each child.
The word “opera” printed on a chalk board or poster.

The more you use language with your children the better their brains will grow.

Singing is another way to use language that will help your children focus on words and what they mean.

Play a recording of any opera in English. One song is enough.

“The Telephone” by Menotti is a suggestion. This gives the children an opportunity to hear how words are sung instead of spoken.

Tell the children that you are going to have an opera at lunch. You will sing everything

Instead of speaking words like “here is a potato, or “would you like some milk,”, etc....sing the words.

Practice with the children sing the names of foods they will have at lunch.

Ask the children to take their plastic letters and copy the word “opera.”

Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence :
You have a nice singing voice.
For developing the idea: What songs do you like to sing?
For moving forward: Instead of saying “I like peanut butter and jelly” can you sing those words to me?

Now you are singing opera!


Waggle Dancing  Music by Rimsky Korsakoff – Flight of the Bumblebee

You will need pictures of bees and their hives, and honey for tasting.

Honey is a very healthy and nutritious food.             

Bees make honey and this dance is about the bees.

Bees do the Waggle Dance to communicate with each other.

Select an area of the room for the hive.
The direction they fly when they return to the hive lets the other bees know where pollen has been located.

Bees also will circle around an area where food has been located. They wiggle their bottoms and circle the area. This is the Waggle Dance.

Place a flower or a replica of a flower on the floor.

Play the music.

Invite the children to spread their wings (arms) and circle the flower while wiggling their bottoms to the music.

After a few minutes change the location of the flower and invite the “bees” (children) to follow.

After changing the flower three times, fly back to the hive.

Music adds to the fun.

Ideas that take this activity to the next level:
For building confidence:
"I like the way that you do the Waggle Dance."
For developing the idea: "Have you ever eaten honey? Honey is very sticky. What did you have it with?"
For moving forward: "Let’s make up a story about a bee flying from flower to flower. What would be a good name for the bee in our story?"

Suggested Products from Discount School Supply®:
Multicultural Velour Soft Babies (ALLFOUR)
Fuzzy Bee Book (NBBK18)
Easy-Grip Puzzles (PEGAP)

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