This time of year is full of reflection. I often catch myself thinking (mid-lesson mind you) "I need to do this again next year, it's really worked" or "I should have done this before moving on to this lesson". While I don't want to rush past summer in any way, trust me, I find this reflection inspiring. I get excited about how much I can improve my program the following year.
While I was teaching my 1st graders today I reflected on how well the simple concept of "Clap it, Play it, Think it" is. This isn't something that takes long or that I use every lesson but man does it help hit all those different learning styles and help the kids understand the rhythmic concepts they are working on.
Clap it, Play it, Think it:
(I'm not sure who first introduced this to me but I know for sure it is not a new or earth shattering idea!)
Display rhythm cards.
T. says (in rhythm) Saying only here we go.
S. say the rhythm
T. says Clap and Say here we go.
S. clap and say the rhythm
T. says Clapping only here we go.
S. clap the rhythm.
These 3 steps should be done with the same rhythm before moving on to the next.
As I was reflecting, I realized this is something that I do with my 1st graders often but not the older kids! I'm not sure why but I definitely need to incorporate it into my lessons with the older kids more often.