We’ve got a new song to teach on Sunday and we have eight new Sunbeams coming in. We’re a little nervous. So here’s the plan:
First we’re going to learn the rhythms of the song. I’ve got the five rhythm patterns in PDF format ready to print out and use as visuals to teach the rhythms. B is going to have the kids do body rhythm and A is going to use some simple shakers and drums. We’re shooting for 10 minutes for this…hopefully not more than 15.
We will play one mini-game after each time I teach the kids more of the song. First I’ll sing it with the piano and then the kids will hum the melody while we play the mingame. 2. We’ll learn the words to the verse 1 with actions and pictures and sing it a few times. 3. We’ll learn the chorus words using actions and pictures and sing it a few times. 4. We’ll put the verse and chorus together and sing it a few times.
HIDDEN CONSEQUENCES goes like this: a child who volunteers (I’m not going to draw names for this since the kids are going to have to choose for themselves) will get to choose the game we play after I teach them a part. each game will have a hidden consequence.
Balloon toss: (the kids try to keep a balloon in the air while we sing) the kid who picks this will have to wear my purple cowboy hat during the game.
Betsy Bubblegum: (a poster of a girl with a hole for her mouth-put a balloon in the hole and blow it up during the song depending on how well the kids do) the kid who picks this gets to choose who blows up the balloon (an adult for jr primary probably).
Musical measles: (kids get circle stickers for singing well) the kids who chooses this will get to put stickers on people and wear some himself.
Forte/piano: (see my musical staff post) the kid who chooses this has to wear my robin hood hat while directing the kids to be loud or soft.
As long as all goes well, we’ll play this game again next week to teach the second and third verses. Maybe with different mini-games and certainly different consequences.