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Stock Your Montessori Music Shelves For Months With My Freebie Collection! Part One

BUDGET IS TIGHT?  DOWNLOAD MY FREEBIE COLLECTION AND STOCK YOUR MUSIC SHELF FOR MONTHS! 

****This post is Part One of my Two Part Series featuring the first twelve free resources at Magical Movement Company's "Subscriber's Freebie Collection" in these categories: 
  • My eBook, "Musically Montessori, First Lessons"
  • Practical Life Activities 
  • Sensorial Activities 
  • Pre-Math and Language Activities 


Stay tuned for Part Two next week!
  • Basic Music Concepts
  • Cultural and Seasonal
  • Montessori Baby-Ed
Whenever you become a new subscriber to my Blog you will immediately receive a welcoming email with the current password for my "Subscriber's Freebie Collection." 

I have a new email platform! If you somehow didn't receive that first email after subscribing, please email me: carolyn@magicalmovementcompany.com.


By now, most parents and educators realize the important and positive effects early music experiences have upon children.

Just in case you need more reasons...
to see my articles on rationale for early music and arts education.

Over the past months, I have been busily updating my website and one of the newest things I added is a Subscriber's Freebie Collection. Many of these free resources have been part of my Montessori Magic Friday series and some were created with my subscribers in mind. 

I felt like I wanted to grow my subscribers list, but even more than that, I wanted to thank all of you who are already subscribing to my email and newsletter updates. 


My list is steadily growing and I so appreciate all of you who do subscribe. Currently, there are more than 7,500 educators on my email list and they include teachers, parents, and administrators from all over the world. 

And, I have also updated my email platform to make it easier for me to send out more timely newsletters and for you to get them. Even though it has taken me a while, I am gradually figuring out the fine tuning of this blogging thing!

HOW TO SET UP YOUR 
MUSICALLY MONTESSORI SHELVES 

So, I wanted to show you just how you can set up a beautiful Montessori music shelf in your environment. Below, I have listed and categorized all of my current free resources ( I am always adding more, too!) 

I hope this helps you see just how important it is to include music as one of your curriculum areas and just how easy it is to set up engaging shelf works for your group. 

Each of my free downloads includes instructions for how to create and use the resources for your children. And, don't forget that I have gazillions of blog articles chock full of Montessori music (and Arts) activities you can access over the school year to keep your music curriculum fun and engaging for the children.

CLICK ON THE LINKS to check out some of my Blog articles about: 





FREE RESOURCES FOR YOUR 
MONTESSORI MUSIC AND ARTS 
CURRICULUM SHELVES
  
BEGIN with my Musically Montessori eBook!



Yes, all these resources are free to my subscribers!


This eBook sells for $12.99 retail. But, my subscribers get it for free! Over 150 pages of Montessori Activities for Music and Movement in your environment. 
Including: 

Some Fun & Musical Practical Life Activities!

A Little About The History of Music in the Montessori Environment


Lots of Montessori “Line” Activities with a Musical Slant!


Focused Listening Games & Their Importance


The “Silence Game” and Developing Body Coordination


Warming Up the Hands, Voice & Breathing for Music Class


Rhythm Echoes, Funny Singing & Learning a New Song


Let's Begin with Echo Singing


Musically Montessori: A Hundred Songs

The First 20 All-Time Favorites from the Montessori Music Room

PLUS ADDITIONAL PRINTABLES:

~ Play Dough Mat: "Make Music Notes to Place on the Staff" 
~ Montessori Style COMMAND CARDS for movement on "The Line"  
~ Command Cards for Music Warm-ups
~ Visuals for Music Circle
~ Word Card for the Little Pony Song

AND, my subscribers can also download my music mp3 version of "The Little Pony Song", which I sing with my groups just about daily! 



PRACTICAL LIFE

~ Every Montessori group usually has a morning greeting song. "Where's Mary" is a sweet little traditional song that I learned from a wonderful teacher years ago in the mountains of North Carolina. My groups love adding fun places where the child is NOT! 

~ My "Make a Musical Shaker Command Cards" are a set of simple picture/ command cards that can be used as a self-directed activity for children to make their own musical shakers from recycled small plastic bottles.

~ The "Musically Montessori Cutting Strips" are some of my favorite shelf activities for a fun musical way to practice using scissors, based on the traditional "Cutting Lines Activities" in the Montessori curriculum.

             


SENSORIAL

~ Montessori blends well with the Orff-Schulwerk Music Education pedagogy. (CLICK HERE to learn more about Orff-Schulwerk) 
I have created 2 packets of Montessori-style activities that are based on a principle part of Orff-Schulwerk...Echo Singing and Echo Rhythms. 

~ The "Echo Singing Song Cards" download has a set of my favorite echo songs for singing with young children. You can print off the cards with the words to the songs and then place them in sheet protectors so they can be added to your Classroom Song Book.  Don't have a Classroom Song Book? You'll see how easy it is to create one with the instructions included in this Activity Pack. 

~ My "Black and White Instrument Matching Cards" offer a fun and musical way for children to refine the visual sense and advance their visual discrimination skills.


PRE-MATH AND LANGUAGE




~ I love the "Gourd Rattle Matching Pattern Cards" because I really love gourd rattles! These cards go well with making gourd rattles! CLICK THE LINK where you can read more about that at my article: "Montessori Magic Friday: Make a Gourd Rattle."

~ My little mp3 recording of one of my groups chanting and drumming the "Cherokee Work Song" goes along with the gourd rattle activities above!   

~ The "Steady Beat Command Cards" are a fun set of cards to place in the environment for children to explore alone or with a small group together. CLICK THE LINK to read the article from my blog: "Musically Montessori: Got Steady Beat? Get My New Vlog!"


~ "Children and Music Go Together" 3-Part Cards are traditional Montessori-style 3-part cards featuring children playing musical instruments. The cards help children develop vocabulary and may even inspire them to play an instrument! 

~ "Instrument Families of the Orchestra" 3-Part Cards are also traditional Montessori-style 3-part cards. This set features the 4 families of the Orchestra instruments: Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion.  





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Musically Montessori: Children, Swan Lake Ballet and the Orchestra!

DID YOU KNOW THAT TCHAIKOVSKY'S SWAN LAKE BALLET HAS SOME ENGAGING AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC  TO INTRODUCE YOUNG CHILDREN TO THE ORCHESTRA? 
Read on for some Montessori music activity ideas for your group!
****The content in this article is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any form. Check out my Free Resource link at the end of this post so that you can download and create these activities yourself for your group!

Photo from Pixabay

I have recently developed some fun, Focused Listening and Large Movement Activities for little children to discover the music from the orchestral stage. Continue reading to learn more!

INTRODUCE THE COMPOSER
I think Tchaikovsky is one of the best composers for introducing children to all the amazing sounds that the orchestra can produce and to introduce those sounds through stories. 

Photo from Wikipedia

INTRODUCE THE STORY
The story of Swan Lake is filled with magic, and Tchaikovsky made this story into a wonderful ballet that can be presented to little ones in an appropriate way that makes the story short and sweet.

Here are some picture books that tell the ballet story of Swan Lake:

CLICK ON THE LINK to view these on Amazon Books.
This story does mention the "evil sorcerer" and works better for children who are 4 and older. The author researched Tchaikovsky's writing of the ballet and found that he did create a happy ending, so be sure to read the last page!

My groups over the years have poured over this book to the point that it is a bit dog-eared. All the 5 ballets in the book are interesting and presented nicely with actual photos. (important for young children)

I've just recently ordered this book because it is an actual children's picture book story and more appropriate for introducing the ballet to younger children.

PLAY HIGH QUALITY RECORDINGS FOR CHILDREN TO LISTEN TO AND CONNECT MUSICAL CONCEPTS

This is a nice recording of music from Tchaikovsky:
Available at Amazon

I also like these recordings (below) for encouraging children to move and dramatize the ballet story. The "Baby Ballet Class" is not orchestral but it is nicely done piano renditions of Tchaikovsky's music. 

I usually play recordings for about a minute or a little more, since children are not usually able to sustain the attention for much longer than that. You can always go back to the music again at a later time! This one is also available at Amazon:

Available at Amazon


SHOW VISUALS FOR CHILDREN 
TO CREATE MOVEMENT TO THE MUSIC 

I always begin by showing the children a large photo of an Orchestra. We talk about how many people are playing their instruments together and the children often compare this to a "band" of musicians.

Photo from Pixabay

I've also discovered that children need to see a photo of a swan so that they can understand the movements that swans make and this also helps the children understand the quiet mood in parts of the music for this ballet.

Photo from Adobe Stock

After the children have seen the photo of a swan, I show them photos of dancers in poses that might remind us of the swan gliding across the water.


Photo from Adobe Stock

Photo from Adobe Stock

Another photo offers the idea of the swan preparing to fly! This photo can give the children some ideas of how ballet dancers move to mimic these motions in the Swan Lake Ballet.

Photo from Adobe Stock

I also like to show children photos of dancers that might be more familiar to them if they watch music videos on TV. This photo of a hip-hop dancer reminds me of the motion of the swan about to lift off the water and fly.

Photo at Adobe Stock

More photos show dancers in actual Swan Lake productions that will give children more ideas of how dancers move in this ballet.

Photo from Pixabay

I have to include this darling photo of children moving in their own dance class. My groups love to see photos of children their age doing things we are learning about in our music lessons.

Photo from Adobe Stock

If you have feathers, paper, ribbons, and other sparkly materials, you can even create headbands for the children to create Swan Lake costumes for performing their own little ballet presentations in their outdoor playtimes. Here is a vintage photo of a ballerina from Swan Lake.

Photo from Pixabay

PROVIDE AN INDIVIDUALIZED SHELF WORK 
FOR MORE FOCUSED LISTENING FUN
"MAKE A STICK PUPPET"

I created a FREE packet of visuals and templates to download so that you can offer a fun lesson about the Orchestra using the music from the "Swan Lake Ballet." Several activities are designed for the children to listen to short excerpts from the ballet while moving their stick puppets to the mood of the music.  Children can cut out the swan (or other templates of a male dancer and/or a female dancer) and then attach it to a craft stick.  

I invite you to hop over to my MONTESSORI MAGIC FRIDAY post to see more ideas for Swan Lake activities for your group, including MY FREE RESOURCE! You'll find lots of the above visuals and templates for some fun stick puppets in this free activity pack!

CLICK HERE to access my freebie: "Introducing the Orchestra with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Ballet."


I am working hard on my upcoming Musically Montessori eCourse, "Instruments of the Orchestra", and one of the first lessons is about Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Ballet. I have lots of instruction in the videos along with mp3 music downloads and pdf lesson plans in every one of the 12 lessons in the course. 
COMING SOON!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE and see a sample video.

I am always so very glad to see you here visiting my blog! Thank you for the time and I hope you have gotten some ideas for music with your group!



YOU MIGHT LIKE SOME OF MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA. CLICK HERE TO BROWSE THEM!


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Seasonally Montessori: Autumn Corn and Gourd Songs With Some Free Activities!

CRISPNESS IN THE AUTUMN AIR IS EXCITING FOR US ALL, ESPECIALLY FOR LITTLE CHILDREN WHO ARE BUSY EXPLORING THE HARVEST WHILE DEVELOPING IMPORTANT SKILLS, TOO!
The harvest season is the time to find lots of Indian corn and dried gourds. These products of the harvest have a rich history in the cultures of the Americas and sharing this cultural richness with out children is both satisfying as well as helpful to the young child's development.


Photo from Adobe Stock

CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF
CORN GRINDING SONGS

~ Here is a beautiful corn grinding story/song authentically performed by children from the Crystal Boarding School at the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education Conference, 2006. 

Click Here to view on Youtube: "Corn Grinding Family."


 Corn has been an important part of life in the Native Cultures of the Americas.  I have fallen in love with this amazing film that was produced for the Student Film Festival at the Arizona State University (Tempe campus).
~ Here is a description of the video:
"Corn has sustained the culture, language and lifeway of the Navajo people. The film provides a glimpse into the intimate relationship the Navajo people have with the natural environment. Corn teaches the people the proper way to live in harmony with nature."
Click Here to view "Naa Daa Nanitin"



~ Here is a Youtube video of a session of Zuni women grinding corn. 
Click Here "Zuni Corn Grinding Session"

This Youtube video is a film of Hopi children performing and dancing the corn dance. Lovely! 
Click Here "Hopi Corn Dance 2" 



OUR MONTESSORI OUTDOOR CLASSROOM 
CORN GRINDING 

STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS

Photo by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Tray #1
  • Autumn corn, called Indian or Flint corn. (I buy it at the grocery or the Pumpkin Patch during harvest season)
  • Tweezers
  • Containers: a small one to hold the tweezers and medium-sized one for the plucked kernels
Tray #2
  • Mortar & Pestle (I use a "Molcajete")
  • Stiff vegetable brush. I use one made from broom corn. Here is a link: Broom Corn Vegetable Brush
  • Container to hold the crushed corn for the bird feeder

 FINE MOTOR SKILLS


1. Use tweezers to pluck the kernels from the cob of Indian corn.

There are 2 trays and children often work in pairs with this work. First, the autumn corn (called "Indian corn") is set up with a pair of tweezers so that the child can pluck the kernels from the corn cob. This is a wonderful fine motor exercise! 

If the children are very young and still building the strength of their finger muscles, they can pluck the kernels with their fingers. I discovered this, when some of my littles began to do this when they were frustrated with using the tweezers! 

I've noticed that children will stay at this activity for a long time...it is quite meditational.


Photo by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

2. Place a handful of plucked kernels in the bowl of the mortar and pestle.

After the kernels have been plucked, they are placed in a container and saved for grinding.

We use this style of mortar and pestle that you can find in Mexican grocery stores, however any sturdy mortar and pestle will work. 

Photo from Adobe Stock

3. Grasp the pestle in the dominant hand and place over the kernels in the mortar and apply pressure to crush them. Work these over the bottom of the mortar until the kernels are broken down somewhat. (They don't have to be finely ground for the birds)

4. Brush the kernels from the bowl of the mortar into a container to carry to the bird feeder.  After the corn kernels have been crushed, they are "swept" into a container with a little stiff brush and then the child will carry the ground corn over to the wild bird feeders in the Montessori Outdoor Classroom. 

Photo by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

SOCIAL SKILLS AND LARGE MOTOR 
DEVELOPMENT
5. Two children carry the step ladder over to the bird feeder and set it firmly on the ground. Then, one child climbs up to place the cracked corn in the bird feeder.

Feeding the wild birds is a bit of a process in the bird habitat that is set up in the Outdoor Classroom.  Two children carry the step ladder over to the feeder where the kernels are added to the bird feeder. Amazing practice with large muscle development and emerging social skills, as well! 
The children sing the song, "Cooperation...Makes it happen."

Photos by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

LANGUAGE AND MATH SKILLS

6. Extension: Use the cracked corn to compile a container of Wild Bird Seed following a recipe printed out for the children to follow.

The children love plucking the kernels from the Autumn corn so much, that we often end up with a lot  of kernels that haven't gotten ground yet. We use these to add to our Wild Bird Seed mix that the children make from reading the recipe card. 

Click here to read My Blog Article: "Mathematics & Montessori Outdoor Classroom" 
Photo by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

ART
7. Extension: Use the dried husks to make corn husk dollies.

After the children pluck the corn cobs, there are lots of corn husks left. Making a very simple corn husk dolly is fun and perfect for the art activities in your Montessori Outdoor Classroom.

Click here to read my Blog Article: "The Outdoor Classroom and Making Art." 

Photo by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

8. Use the cob that remains (after plucking all the kernels) to make art prints. 

~ Set up a piece of art paper and a shallow container of paint large enough to fit the corn cob. Roll the cob in the container of paint until the cob is covered with paint. Place the paint-covered cob on the paper and roll to create a print.
~ Helpful hint: If you attach a corn cob holder on each end of the cob it will be easier for the child to roll the cob without getting a lot of paint on the hands. I like to use this set from Amazon since it comes with containers for the cobs that work well as the paint container in the activity.


CHILDREN'S SONGS AND PICTURE BOOKS 
ABOUT GRINDING CORN
You may have heard this simple little "Grinding Corn" children's song. 
Click Here to see a Kindergarten group singing it:

You can really hear the song in this lovely Youtube video of an 8 year old playing the melody on the piano.
Click Here to view the Youtube video: "Grinding Corn Song with Singing"



A really beautiful rendition of this children's song can be downloaded as an mp3 from Kindermusik International at this link: "Grinding Corn" Click Here.

If you would like to have an authentic rendition of the traditional Navajo/Apache "Corn Grinding Song," you can download this mp3 song. Click Here. 

Here is a page at Amazon with picture books about corn grinding in the cultures of the Americas. Click Here

Here is the description for this traditional story. "A story of adventure! When the Navajo people are on the brink of a devastating famine, the boy Red Bird is sent to ask Spider Woman for her help. On his journey he encounters a lizard, a Gila monster, a snake, and a flock of sun-yellow birds. Will they help Red Bird find Spider Woman in time to save the crops?"

I like this one, especially, because my great grandmother was from the Cherokee tribe in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Here is the description of this story. "Step back in time for a captivating glimpse of Cherokee life in pre-Columbian North America. Join Little Wolf and his family as they prepare to celebrate Itse Selu, the harvest festival. As night approaches the village, the magic of anticipation fills the air. The luscious feast, Grandfather's storytelling, and the sacred corn dance weave a magical tapestry of tradition."


"MAKE A GOURD RATTLE" and check out 
my FREEBIES at 
MONTESSORI MAGIC FRIDAY 
Photo by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company

I have curated TEN gourd rattle articles, videos, activities and my FREE RESOURCES!

Click Here to link to the resources and free download, "Montessori Magic Friday" at Magical Movement Company website.


My Mp3 recording of me and the children singing this Cherokee work chant is a nice way to use the gourd rattles you make with your group. You can also play regular shakers, maracas, drums, rhythm instruments and even dance while chanting this song.


There are lots more free resources at my Subscriber's Freebie Collection, including my eBook. You can subscribe to my newsletter on the sidebar of this Blog, and you will immediately receive the password for my Freebie page in your welcome email. 

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And, if you would like to add more musical activities to your North American studies unit, you might like my Lesson Plan Activity Pack, "Musically Montessori: North American Pow Wow Music and Dance for Children." Click Here to check it out at my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.

I am so happy to have you visiting my Blog today and I hope that you have gotten some fun ideas for your group to celebrate the season. 


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