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Help children make their own Abiyoyo puppets. Model how to draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth on a small paper bag or paper plate.
Invite children to recreate the setting of Abiyoyo, and retell the story using props. Help children construct the village and recreate the story with them.
Invite children to become percussionists like the little girl in My Family Plays Music. Have them tap the blocks lightly with wooden spoons.
Invite children to make suggestions for a band name. Have them dictate their suggestion and write it on a construction paper t-shirt. Have children decorate the shirt.
Have children to pretend they are taking dancing lessons. Encourage them to experiment with different kinds of dance movement.
Encourage children to move their hands to the music as they finger paint. Talk about the music and the ways children are moving their fingers to it.
Invite children to put on their own magic show. Help them make connections to the book Abiyoyo.
Have children dictate or write words that describe how they think the giant Abiyoyo sounds when he sings, talks, or walks.
As a group, create a list of words that describe Abiyoyo. Help children make their own version of an Abiyoyo puppet using these descriptions.
Print out or draw pictures of musical instruments on a chart and have children place their name card next to the instrument they like best.
Invite children to dictate “How to Make a Rubber Band Guitar” while you write the instructions on chart paper.
Teach children the song “I Am a Fine Musician.” Reinforce the directionality of print by using a written chart of the lyrics.
Write a music poem with children. Have children dictate how music makes them feel to complete the poem.
Talk about noisy places and quiet places. Have children draw themselves in one of these places and help them write a sentence for the drawing.
Reread a few pages of Jazz Baby that feature sound and action words. Have children choose one of the words and draw a picture.
Have children explore making different sound pairs with their voices (high sound and a soft sound; low sound and a loud sound, etc.).
Have children explore tapping and scraping sounds while using different materials. Encourage further exploration by occasionally commenting and/or posing questions.
Have children explore listening to sounds through tubes and hoses. Encourage children to make predictions and make sounds for each other to listen to.
Gather children in the same groups as yesterday. Play the same music children listened to yesterday. Allow children to practice their music or movements from the week.
Play a piece of music and ask children to paint how they feel. Turn the volume up and down as they paint.