“Teach Kids About Mexico – 'Son Jarocho Dancing'” is an engaging, participatory world cultures lesson about Mexico for kids that introduces them to Mexico by introducing a simple son jarocho dance. Kids will meet son jarocho music, an exuberant southern Mexican genre that communities enjoy by participating in public parties called fandangos. Kids and their grown-ups will learn the story of a poor little parrot who triumphs by soaring above the fray, then get up and dance to son jarocho music on their (imaginary) wooden platform known as a tarima.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a step-by-step "How to dance to son jarocho" lesson. The goal of this lesson is to provide the tools for you to treat your students to their very first introduction to son jarocho dancing and to inspire you and even your youngest students to get up and dance together. (Your dance moves can't be any worse than mine!) Ideally the lesson will be the first step on your and your students' road to further son jarocho exploration.
All Around This World is a global music and world cultures program that introduces kids and their grown-ups to the world using enlivening international rhythms and movement.
No materials, foreknowledge of Mexico or dance ability necessary. Imagination and an open mind required.
-- Interactive PDF with background information introducing Son Jarocho Dancing and links to teacher training video and All Around This World's “Teach Kids Son Jarocho Dancing” YouTube video.
Access to password-protected “How to Teach Kids About Son Jarocho Dancing” video. All Around This World founder and lead teacher Jay Sand introduces you to Son Jarocho and suggests ways to share the lesson with kids, from infants-in-arms to 9 year-olds. In case you feel less than confident about singing and dancing with your students, the video includes a section with Jay teaching the lesson directly to kids. ** Teacher training video is on Vimeo.com. Please make sure you can access Vimeo videos before you buy the lesson.
-- Sections include: Vocabulary/Terms, Discussion/Projects, Learning Outcome/Goal, Materials, Assessment
-- Printable summary of lesson for kids to take home (both color and back and white)
-- Common core and standards information (“National Council for Social Studies” “National Standards for Music Education”)
All Around This World lessons are a small part of Jay Sand's independently crafted, mission-driven educational project that includes:
-- weekly online classes (Jay makes a new class available each week for families and schools to share with their students)
-- Award-winning multilingual CDs such as All Around This World: Latin America and All Around This World: Africa
-- the All Around This World website, with over 1,000 pages that introduce kids and their families to music and culture from every inhabited continent
-- parent-child classes, family-friendly concerts and school workshops
and always much more...
This lesson is licensed for use in one classroom or for one family, or for use by a "traveling" teacher (such as a music teacher who visits several classrooms in a school. Multiple licenses are available at a 50% discount.