“It’s Preschool Time” is ready for your preschool students! After much success with our “It’s Music Time” curriculum in the Kindergarten classes, we decided to bring it to the preschool level. Similar to “It’s Music Time,” these lessons are divided up into seven different times. These times include the following: Vocal/Rhythm Time, Singing Time, Instrument Time, Movement Time, Nursery Rhyme Time, Speaking Time and Story Time. The students excitedly anticipate what “time” is next.
Students will learn how to use their voice in a musical way with fun warm-ups that go along with the concept of the unit. Later in the year students will learn how to see high and low and then so and mi.
Students will learn to clap rhythms with words. Ex. Hat = quarter note / Mittens= eighth notes.
Students will be able to learn fun songs that work with the concept for the unit. These songs are children’s songs that have been passed down from previous generations and are favorites for many.
One or two instruments are chosen for each unit to introduce un-pitched percussion to our Preschoolers. We have put these instruments with favorite children’s songs as well.
One or two movement activities are provided for the students to enhance their knowledge of the musical concept being taught each lesson.
NURSERY RHYME TIME
One nursery rhyme is chosen for each unit. In the first lesson we focus on learning the nursery rhyme. In the 2nd and 3rd lessons we attach instrument activities and fun interactive YouTube videos and games.
Fingerplays are great activities for Preschool students for many reasons. It can help them to:
1. Feel the rhythm in their voice.
2. Memorize a short piece.
3. Use hand motions to represent words.
4. Pick out rhyming words.
During this “time” we gather the students and sing them a story to calmly end class. These stories are usually folk songs that have been put into a book. We have chosen song-stories that match with musical concept that is being instructed.
These units cover the basic preschool music standards:
1) Listen and respond to music.
2) Play musical instruments.
3) Sing to express creativity.
4) Respond to changes heard in music.
5) Use familiar rhymes to express creativity.
6) Loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow.
7) Sing song with steady beat.
8) Explore the element of space.
These 12 units coincide with the calendar year. These units can be purchased individually as well. There is a $10.00 savings when buying the bundle.
IT’S A BEAR
MARCH TO THE BEAT
Each unit includes:
An Instructional Power Point for each lesson
Manipulatives for most units
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