During one of my Grade 1 music classes, we sang and danced to a fun song, “Going on a Bear Hunt”. A couple hours later during literacy time, the student in the picture above used play dough to write out the words to the song all from memory. The combination of fine motor skills, literacy knowledge and patience is incredible! Arts Education is so important for all children, because it gives each child a way to express their knowledge in different ways.
On Tuesday, December 20, we will be participating in a Winter Carnival all the students and staff at Grant Road School. Preparation has started with my classes (Kindergarten - Grade 2), as we get to put on a mini-performance for families in the gym!
Ms. Selimos' Grade 1/2 and Mrs. Pankewich's Grade 2 students have started learning a really fun rap song called, "SNIRT!". What happens when you mix snow and dirt together? You get snirt! A few students have been asking about a practice video to work on the song at home. Here it is:
The Grade 1 classes have two songs about snowflakes. Here is a video of our "peaceful" snowflake song. We listened to the song and then moved around the room like snowflakes - softly, gently, twirling...
One month until the performance! We can't wait to share our singing with you :)
This week we shared our Remembrance Day performances with the school. Mrs. Pankewich's Grade 2 students learned the bilingual version of 'O Canada':
Mrs. Rempel's Grade 1 class prepared a poem, "Little Poppy", a song called "Sing for Peace" and shared their thoughts on peace:
Over the last few weeks, two classes have been working on pieces for our Remembrance Day Ceremony. The ceremony at Grant Road is unique- we pre-record performances and prepare a PowerPoint slide show that each class watches at the same time in their classrooms. The service is led by two MCs who use the intercom to guide the entire school through the slide show.
Below, Mrs. Pankewich's Grade 2 class (left) is preparing to sing a bilingual version of 'O Canada'. We focused on proper singing technique and French pronunciation.
Mrs. Rempel's Grade 1 class (right) worked hard to present a poem called, 'Little Poppy' and a song called 'Sing for Peace'. Mrs. Rempel and I collaborated on a Remembrance Day video, and we can't wait to share it with you next week!
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School