Wow, Thanksgiving flew by. I have had a fantastic week of family and relaxation. In my county we have a week off for Thanksgiving and mine kicked off with a baby shower. I hosted a shower for my SIL's first baby. This is also my first niece! I'm a little sad that the week is over now but I know that the lessons to come over the next few weeks will be a lot of fun and then more vacation!
Last year I found that it took forever for the kids to draw a staff before we could get down to business. While I think it is important for them to have practice with drawing the staff, sometimes it takes too long and isn't a priority in the lesson. So, this year, I copied the staff and put the copies inside of sheet protectors. These are so easy for activities with the staff. (One side is the treble clef staff, the other 3 line staff)
Here's a couple of examples of how I use them:
We were working on singing/reading and notating SMD on the 3 lined staff. While it wasn't the focus of the lesson, some also added the rhythmic notation.
My older kids worked on name that note in small groups.