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Series 5, Episode 3: Jack in the Box



2020 has been a circus, hasn't it? In any "normal" year, we would be having a Circus Theme in all of our early childhood music sessions this week.

In this video, Anne Belcher from Branch Into Music shares a few corny circus jokes and introduces you to one of her favourite circus friends - a Jack in the Box! It's so much fun to hide down in your box, where nobody can see you, and then ... POP!

Series 5, Episode 2: Under My Mask is a Happy Face!



Anne Belcher from Branch Into Music shares a happy face-mask-wearing song in this week's "Musical Moment".

The mandatory wearing of face-masks in public places has been a rapid and somewhat confronting cultural shift here in Regional Victoria (Australia). Communities have embraced the challenge and our efforts appear to be paying off. However, communicating with someone who is wearing a mask can be difficult and sometimes confusing. I never realised how much I relied on lip-reading to understand speech! To be heard, we all need to speak a little louder than is generally considered polite and we miss out on so many emotional and expressive cues from the covered parts of people's faces.

Anne felt the need to write a song to show children that under people's masks are just normal happy faces - not scary ones! Whilst we can't see a person's smiling mouth, we can see their twinkling eyes and laughing lines.

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/

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