Ready-to-Use Teaching Idea: Music & Movement
- marching music
- children's rhythm instruments (drums, tambourines, shakers, and so on)
- masking tape
- camera and film
Objective: Children will use fine- and gross-motor skills and develop balance and coordination while exploring their classroom.
- Discuss parades with children. Have they ever seen a parade? Marched in one? What do they like about parades?
- Invite children to participate in a parade to celebrate the beginning of the year and their introduction to their new classroom. Make rhythm instruments available to children. Ask them to use their rhythm instruments as accompaniment while singing "Farmer in the Dell," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and other familiar songs.
- Adjust the furniture to create an open path for marching. With children, use masking tape to create a parade route, making certain that the route touches all the learning centers in your room.
- Ask for volunteers to be the first group of marchers. The remaining children can be spectators, sitting in the learning centers and cheering on the parade. Encourage marchers to play their instruments as they parade around the room.
- Switch groups of marchers and spectators several times until everyone has had the opportunity to march with different combinations of their classmates. As children march, ask them to change direction or to jump, slide, hop, and so on.
Curriculum Connection: Family Involvement
All Sorts of Parades. Parades celebrate holidays, culture, and all sorts of events. Invite family members to come to class and talk to children about a parade they participated in or observed, and the particular event celebrated by the parade. If they have personal photos of parades or pictures from magazines, they can share these with the children.
The Bremen-town Musicians by Ruth Belov Gross
Clifford and the Big Parade by Norman Bridwell
Ricardo's Day by George Ancona