Music and movement

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  1. MissPapa

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    Hello!

    So starting September I will be teaching Kindergarten! I will be a first year full-time teacher.

    My question is, what would you do in terms of music and movement? Being that it is hard these days due to how rigorous curriculum is these days, I was thinking of having music and movement for 15 minutes sometime before lunch (depending on the schedule I get). I was also thinking if a morning sing-along would be appropriate, or is that more for Pre-K?

    Advice is appreciated, especially any NYC public school teachers! But all are welcomed to chime in. Thank you!!! :)
     
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    It is really easy to incorporate songs in kindergarten. I used sight word songs all the time.

    I also used Cosmic Kids yoga for some movement/brain breaks. Go Noodle is great for movement and brain breaks, too. We would practice counting songs with that pretty often. I could also use it to bribe them- they have sing alongs for Happy (Despicable Me 2) and Let It Go (Frozen). Of course, every day was 'Frozen" day in my room :tired:
     
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    Oh my god, Frozen was a hit in my third grade class. Every day, someone is singing "Let It Go!" I'll do more research on this. Singing I'll probably change it up a bit instead of having a typical "good morning" song (or maybe I will, who knows…), and have a 15-minute music and movement bracket…because kids need to move. Or they'll be moving all over the place during my lessons and wreak havoc!
     
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    I took over a terribly behaved class mid-year. They were used to being able to do whatever, whenever. I'm not exaggerating- under the tables, coloring at desk, crawling around during lessons. I observed before taking over. It was terrifying. My first week or so was all about my expectations. I found that they sat much, much better if we have brain breaks. In the beginning, we had 2 per day. By the end of the year, we went a whole week without them at times. Basically, I don't think you will have a problem with them carrying songs/movement into other parts of your day as long as you have clear expectations.

    And Frozen. *shudders* One reason I hadn't thought of that makes me happier to be moving to 6th!! Every day. All day. One of my subs even brought in a CD of all the songs and let them sing along all day. So the few that didn't know the songs did after that. :eek: :tired: :dizzy: We went on a field trip during the last week of school. I was ready to bang my head against a window by the end of the day.
     
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    Thankfully I love Frozen! A 6th grade class will make me bang my head against a window. I can't do middle school *shudders*. But best of luck with that if that's what you feel is your calling! Some can handle it, some can't. I can't wait to teach my little ones <3

    And I had to sub one of those classes…I had to constantly put on movement music…I hope I don't get one of those. But then again, I'm not going to be all passive like that teacher. I'm strict when it comes to rules.

    But yea. Music and movement. A must-need for early education.
     
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    6th grade is far from my dream position. I've been pretty down about it, so no Frozen can go in the pro list. Luckily I am going to be in a K-6 school. The only grade levels I'd chose 6th over are 7, 8, and K! I'm a 2nd grade kind of girl :)

    And I am fine with the movie Frozen. But the nonstop singing is too much for me!!!
     

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