Friday, April 6, 2018

Making Music for Save the Frogs Day!


These are some activities I'm planning for preschool attendees at our Save the Frogs! Day event, which will lead into my preschool music/early learning homeschool class as well. I thought others may want to use some of these as well.


Playlist for most songs. If you have Amazon Prime music, these are songs that are currently included in that plan.
https://music.amazon.com/user-playlists/48b97671adc44ec593edc39c48dcf699sune?ref=dm_sh_62dc-8b57-b38b-4e0a-38fcc




Unit:

 Save the Frogs music time (demo)
Music concepts:


Fast/slow
LwOT Concepts:
Frog Jump Letters-F
Hello Song-

Hello, How are you?
Alfred the Alligator

 (Alfred the puppet brings out a toy frog from the mystery box-the kids identify and talk about the frog, and what sounds it makes)
Listening
Frog calls- listen and repeat
Instrument playalong


Guiros-Galump went the little green frog
Movement

The frog (move in jumping motions)

Fingerplay

 Show pictures of real frogs/toads, discuss
5 Little Speckled frogs
LwOT activity

Frog jump Letters frog jumps- Air write
Movement w/prop

Salamanders and frogs
String quartet No 10 in Eb Scherzo (ribbons/scarves)
Instrument play

Caribbean Amphibian-Shaker play
Story/Song

Over in the Meadow - Here is a version we created based on our most common local frog calls.  http://mylittlepython.blogspot.com/2018/03/over-in-meadow-frog-version.html


Instrument play/Family Jam
7000 kinds of Amphibians
https://thewigglytendrils.bandcamp.com/track/7000-kinds-of-amphibians-a7k (assorted instruments)
Circle/Parachute play

The Axolotl Song
Goodbye song

Goodbye my friends
Materials/Instruments list






  Water bottles, scrapers (popsicle sticks work well), and shaker fill
                    guiro (frog guiro, if you have one)
                    recordings of frog calls or Frogwatch USA stuffed frogs with recorded calls (https://www.stuffedsafari.com/Stuffed-Frogs-and-Plush-Frogs-s/45.htm)
                    Assorted instruments
                   Stuffed frogs and salamanders or pictures of real frogs and salamanders
                   Scarves or ribbons
                   Prepared Book: Over in the Meadow
                   Wood or magnetic letter pieces (LWoT)
                   Mystery box or bag
                   Puppet if you use one (I use an alligator named Alfred in all my classes)

For the water bottle guiros, collect recycled water bottles with ridges in advance, one per child. Add some shaker fill (Birdseed is good-that way if any escapes, it goes to good use), and close the lid. Seal with electrical tape or hot glue. You can add eyes and legs to make it more "Frog like" if you wish. Use a scraper to make your "frog guiro" croak, or shake to make other sounds. We will use these in some of the activities.
Home activity suggestions:



F is for frog/Letter assembly activity, fast and slow frog calls.


Monday, July 31, 2017

I am the very model of a modern urban animal-for @NatickBobcat (and a few other tweeps!)



I am the very model of a modern urban animal
I survive in human realms both virtual and actual
My small size lets me creep in spaces that the humans have not found
And my bobbed tail is perfect because it doesn’t hang down on the ground
I’m well content with urban prey, on rabbits, pigeons, rats I thrive
But usually I leave the domestic cats and dogs alive
But squirrels are on the menu, yes, that is very, very true.
So watch out @ratatosk4 because I’m coming just for you!
So watch out @ratatosk4 because I’m coming just for you!
So watch out @ratatosk4 because I’m coming just for you!
So watch out @ratatosk4 because I’m coming just for you!

I’m very good at hunting and at not quite being clearly seen
I’m just living my life, so don’t worry, I’m not that mean
I’m a good neighbor, and I am very practical
I am the very model of a modern urban animal!

If you see me you just might wonder what that big cat is
Just a tabby, something bigger, mountain lion for the win
So snap a pic and send it in and find out just what you’ve got,
On twitter, I suggest #CougarOrNot!
In March I have a job to do that I suggest that you check out
It’s called #2018MMM-and it will really be a rout
In March Mammal Madness, I’m the victor, that we’ve found
Just ignore the Sloth faced bear, cause this year he’s going down
Just ignore the Sloth faced bear, cause this year he’s going down
Just ignore the Sloth faced bear, cause this year he’s going down
Just ignore the Sloth faced bear, cause this year he’s going down

On twitter, I’m so awesome it is shown through and through,
So just ignore old @gilamonsterASU
In short in matters animal, both virtual and actual
I am the very model of a modern urban animal!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Windows 7th Grade!

Every year, Mount Parnassus Academy picks a theme. This year, our 7th grade class (of 1) decided to choose a computer/internet theme, focusing on Windows.

So, here's what we have. 

The door bulletin board. The Start menu currently lists summer activities and plans, but the icons will change in August, when the next system update is installed :)


While we don't always change the flooring, It was hard to resist tiles that formed a Microsoft a Logo

Metro View storage

No desk is complete without Emojis, a chameleon tape dispenser, or Harry the Hydra, our school mascot.
 Currently the pocket charts are holding Windows themed art :)




The "Brag Board" is celebrating social media

The decor also celebrates a particularly special blog/webcomic/twitterfeed/Facebook page :)

The Start screen is ready for business, just like on a Windows Phone


And Clippy is here to help with schoolwork. Or Amphibian conservation!


We're ready to get STARTed on a great year...in a couple of months!