Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spring Shopping Spree Linky and Giveaway

I have joined up with a bunch of great music teachers for a shopping spree linky party and a fabulous giveaway!

I have so many things on my wishlist that I plan to buy.  Here are a few things I will mention. 

I have a few favorite clip artists and Dancing Crayon Studio is one. I saw these Kodaly puppets a while back and must have them! Aren't those cute!

Another favorite that I have had my eye on for a long, long time is David Row's Instrument Petting Zoo. This looks like a great activity for getting parents and kids involved in your classroom! 

A third thing on my wishlist is Lindsay Jarvis' Jump Rope rhymes. I already do jump rope rhymes with my kids, but I am always looking for more!

Finally, one of my own projects that I am very excited to use next week is my Teddy Bear Picnic. We have so much fun in Kindergarten singing teddy bear songs, and doing teddy bear activities! Believe it or not, the kids in this picture are in 5th grade now!

Also, I am only 6 followers away from 400! Once I get there, I will send out a freebie to my followers' inboxes. Share this with other people who might be interested in some useful things. 

This fun file will be the freebie! I have 3 concerts, my end of the year choir party, a school cinco de Mayo celebration, and my yearly finances due by Friday, so I am hoping to get this into the followers inbox by Saturday ( It takes a few days to show up). 

Now for the giveaway that I really wish I could enter! 

I have joined together with some teachers to give away 2 $50 gift certificates to Teacherspayteachers.com. You can enter all day Wednesday through Friday. Be sure to go to every teacher's entry to get more chances!

Enter the rafflecopter. For each teacher's entry, you get more chances to win! Click on the link to get to the rafflecopter. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Worked for me: Extra Money for Your Classroom

I'm linking up again with the wonderful Mrs Miracle for her "worked for me Wednesday".

I get very little money for my classroom. I get a tiny bit of money from the state that each teacher gets and a tiny bit every year from a fun run the school does. I don't get the class donations that other teachers get, so I am always trying to think of ways I can get items for my classroom without spending money my own money.

I always thought these were only for other teachers and finally realized I can collect them too. I started by putting out a note to my friends and neighbors that I am collecting them. There are a number of people who don't have anyone to give them to, so they don't collect them or they collect them just because they have always collected them.

In my first year of collecting last year I got over $100 worth. You get just a small amount for every one you collect but it adds up. I put out a note in my classroom, but I really only get a few. Most of them go to their classroom teachers. I plan to give a note to my choir parents this year and ask the to spare a few for me.

In my school, each teacher collects boxtops and turns them in to the PTA. The PTA counts them and turns them in and then puts the money into each of our accounts. Talk to your school to find out how it works at the school.

I also discovered that there are tons of products that have boxtops on them.  Check it out the products that have boxtops on them here. 

It worked for me!!


Be sure to check out Mrs Miracle's blog post and the other teachers who have linked up with her!  http://www.mrsmiraclesmusicroom.com/2015/04/worked-for-me-wednesday-closet-key.html

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Introducing Sol Mi Matching in Kindergarten Through a Book

For years, I have used the book, "The Doorbell Rang" in Kindergarten. It is a very fun book about sharing and math as well. Every time the kids get ready to eat the cookies their mom made, the doorbell rings and they figure out how to share their cookies.

I have the kids just echo me singing ding dong in "sol mi", which can be turned into the actual sol me and hand signs after you learn those. For those who want more specifics, I use the notes c and a (an octave above middle c). I officially teach sol mi and hand signs in first grade.

Once they get pretty good at singing "ding dong" on pitch as a solo, I bring out resonator bells and each student gets a turn to play them in sol mi order and to sing it with their voice. You could use Orff instruments or recorder. This is magical to them - to hear their voice match the instrument and to let it ring. 

If you want to integrate math, discuss how the students will divide the cookies. Here is a free set of manipulatives for you to print for your kids fto integrate math as well. 

After every student gets a turn, I bring in a bag of some small cookies. The students love this and it is a great way to get them singing in a beautiful high voice on pitch. Click below to find the book. (I am an Amazon affiliate)

Read other ideas I use to help students sing in tune at this blog post.