TUESDAY LEVEL I: MID SESSION PARENT UPDATE

TUNE: Miss McLeod's Reel

WARMUP/PERCUSSIVE DANCE SKILLS:

Dancing to the beat

This marks the beginning of our class each week!  We listen to the music, and find the beat in the following ways: 

  • Marching to the beat
  • Making a choice with how to march to the beat (R, L , R, R, R... for example) 
  • Using different parts of your feet to march to the beat

This month we added dancing as a soloist, where each child takes a turn dancing to the beat by themselves with the other children using "Hup!" or "Whoo!' to show that they like what the dancer is doing.  This is how it is when you dance sean-nos in Ireland! 

Dee Dum Patterns

As a set-up for our timing step, we learn to speak a lilting language for our feet.  Shannon refers to this as "DEE DUM".    The two building blocks are DUM (step on the beat, where the foot gets weight) or DEE (striking the heel and picking it up again, almost as if you are kicking leaves) 

Each week, we work with Dee Dum, trying to build facility and ease in the timing step.  Here are some of the ways we played with this: 

We also worked "across the floor" using our DEE DUMS to move us!    Lining up, I gave the first person a pattern.   Once they did my pattern, they got to give the next person a pattern to do!   Here, Rose gave a pattern to Shannon to perform, and she is watching to make sure that Shannon is doing it correctly!

We also worked "across the floor" using our DEE DUMS to move us!    Lining up, I gave the first person a pattern.   Once they did my pattern, they got to give the next person a pattern to do!   Here, Rose gave a pattern to Shannon to perform, and she is watching to make sure that Shannon is doing it correctly!

TRADITIONAL SONGS and DANCES: 

This month, we continued working with our songs and dances!  These build understanding of the music and develops the children's ear for the music!

Our dance/song list: (You can find the links for songs/dances in the September blog post)

  • Rattlin Bog/ Heel Toe Polka
  • The Hair Fell of of My Coconut/Peeler and the Goat
  • Put Your Little Foot/Shoe the Donkey
  • Johnny Will You Marry Me

We added the song,  The Little Pack of Tailors, and will learn that dance next!   We've been singing right now with the Dublin/Liffey verse, but this is a great song for talking about the cities in Ireland!

PERSONAL STYLE/IPMROV/AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

We added a few improv games as well!

Sometimes the big girls come and join us at the end too!  Here we are playing the Statue Game, where one child dances and the rest are statues.  Then the child makes the same shape as someone and that person gets to be the dancer.  This builds musical understanding, body awareness, and helps the children feel part of a bigger community!

Sometimes the big girls come and join us at the end too!  Here we are playing the Statue Game, where one child dances and the rest are statues.  Then the child makes the same shape as someone and that person gets to be the dancer.  This builds musical understanding, body awareness, and helps the children feel part of a bigger community!

 

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