Towards a curriculum!:
1) Simple patty cake motions – clap your own hands together, then use both hands to clap both your partners hands. Then back to your own clap. A simple 1 2 pattern.
2) More complex patty cake motions – clap your own hands together, clap your right hand to your partners right hand, then clap your hands together, clap your left hand to your partner’s left hand. 1 2 1 3
3) Getting harder – adding more motor movements make it even more challenging. Clap your own hands together, then clap your right hand to your partners right hand, then clap your hands together, then clap your left hand to your partner’s left hand. Next, form an “X” over your chest by crossing your two arms to touch your shoulders. 1 2 1 3 1 4
4) Really hard – Clap your own hands together, then clap your right hand to your partners right hand, then clap your hands together, then clap your left hand to your partner’s left hand. Next, form an “X” over your chest by crossing your two arms to touch your shoulders. Clap both hands together, then to both to your partner. 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5
Also: Tap legs, back of hands with your partner, behind your own back, behind your partner’s back!
Game variant I: The children are standing close beside one another in a row with a child in front. The song is sung while the children in the row pass the ball to each other. The child who stands in front of the row should guess who has the ball. If guessed correctly, then these two children swap.
Game variant II: A child has the ball and stands with his back to the other children. This child throws the ball over the head backwards and the other kids try catching the ball. Whoever catches it keeps the hall behind them, the other children also lay hands on the back. Then they sing the song and when finished the child in front tries to guess who has it. If guessed then this child throws the ball again. If not guessed then the child who caught the ball has a turn to throw the ball.
One two three, who has the ball
The beau-tiful ball of gold?
Look around, who has it now?
The beau-tiful ball of gold!
The first stage is to sing it with students holding hands and walking in a circle, then changing direction on the word “boom.”
The second is to sing the song in your head and keep the beat with your feet and again change direction on the word “boom.” This is great for kindergarten and first grade.
The third is to sing it as a three-part canon with three circles. The circles start walking in the same direction as they start to sing, and then change direction at different times as they each get to the “Boom.”
“Sally go round the sun
Sally go round the moon
Sally go round the chimney pot
Every afternoon. Boom!”
Draw an eight step staircase (sideview) on the white board. Write the solfege syllables below each step.
Tell the students that, “Solfege is a method for teaching sight-singing in which each note of the music is performed with a special syllable called a solfege syllable. On the board I have written the seven basic syllables commonly used in solfege: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti. The do that follows is the same as the other do, only higher.” Play the two do’s on the piano.
Play the scale on the piano while singing the solfege syllables.
Ask the class to sing the scale with you. Play the scale on the piano while singing the solfege syllables.
Ask the class, “What is Solfege?”
Tell the class, “A long time ago there used to be a bird called the Dodo Bird. It lived on an island near Africa and didn’t seem to fear the sailors. It was too dumb to run and was unable to fly making them easy to catch. Because of that the Dodo Bird is now extinct.”
“We are going to play a game. It’s called the Mi-Do-Do Game. The goal is to make sure that you don’t get caught being a Dodo Bird.”
Tell the students, “I will sing and play three solfege syllables and you should repeat these syllables immediately after I sing them as long as I do not sing Mi-Do-Do. If you repeat me when I sing Mi-Do-Do, you are the Dodo Bird. Try not to get caught!”
Play the game. Giggle a little when someone gets caught. Play again.
Teacher moves, students accompany with improvised vocal sounds.
Use the piano also.