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Anne's Musical Blog!


 

Series 5, Episode 1: Frogs & Scrapers

 

 

Do you love frogs? I sure do!

What sound does a frog make? What instruments can we use to croak like frogs?

Today we listen to the amazing frogs here in Ballarat, then we sing and play everyone's favourite frog song - "Der Glumph" - on scraping instruments ... It's a real hoot, or should I say "ribbit"!

 

Series 4, Episode 9: Ten Little Fingers

 

 

Anne Belcher from Branch Into Music loves to count her fingers and toes! She shares a counting song today, called “Ten Little Fingers” – you may actually recognise the tune. Anne then sings the beautiful storybook “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,” written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Please purchase this book at your local bookstore if you can (otherwise I have included a Booktopia link below).

Music and musical activities support both early numeracy and literacy development, as you will see demonstrated in today’s video. Please share this “Musical Moment” with any families or early years educators who are looking for some musical inspiration. Early years educators may like to check out Branch Into Music’s exciting new online professional development program. This seven module extravaganza will run during October and November 2020 – you can find out more details here: https://branchintomusic.teachable.com/p/the-five-branches-framework-for-music-in-the-early-years/

Booktopia Link: 

https://www.booktopia.com.au/ten-little-fingers-and-ten-little-toes-board-book-mem-fox/book/9780143503583.html?source=pla&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhvf6BRCkARIsAGl1GGi8LhzPQeM9MUVvE3iV7tfZvOOLoOyZXGcPWyspOvRqy9OGkpZlpPkaArLfEALw_wcB

Series 4, Episode 8: A Little Seed

 

 

Anne Belcher from Branch Into Music shares a lovely little springtime poem and finger-play that teaches the process of a seed’s transformation into a flower. Children are encouraged to move their hands and fingers to represent each line of the verse. This is a great activity to encourage the development of fine motor skills.

The poem is called "A Little Seed" (sometimes referred to as "May Time Magic") and is by children's author, Mabel Watts. It reads like this:

A little seed for me to sow.
A little earth so it can grow.
A little hole. A little pat.
A little wish and that is that.
A little sun.
A little shower.
A little while ...
And then, a flower!

Series 4, Episode 7: Making Music With Household Items - Jars!

 

 

In this video, Anne shows you how you can use jars filled with varying levels of water and a spoon to explore important contrasts in music, such as "play and stop", "soft and loud" and "slow and fast".

If you're interested in more fun instrument ideas, you can grab your FREE cheat sheet "Five Ways To Make Music With Your Pre-Schooler Using General Household Items" here: https://www.subscribepage.com/d3c2e9 .

Happy music making!