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Musically Montessori#9: Preschool Movement Activities From Australia & My TPT Printables!

FROM THE MONTESSORI MUSIC ROOM: LITTLE CHILDREN REALLY ENJOY EXPLORING BODY PERCUSSION, SO HOW ABOUT ADDING SOME  DRAMA PLAY WITH DANCING "ALL AROUND AUSTRALIA!"




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This is the ninth article in my series: "Musically Montessori, A Sequential Curriculum for Everyday Music." You can read the previous articles here. You can have these first 7 articles collected into my 162 page eBook/ teacher manual as a free download when you subscribe to my site. Just click on the subscribe panel of this blog>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

LESSON TITLE: “Let’s Do a Musical Movement Activity: Stamp, Pat & Clap All Around Australia!"


Photo by Jeri-Jo Idarius for Magical Movement Company

FEATURED SKILLS TO DEVELOP:
  • Concentration
  • Body Coordination
  • Using “Body Percussion” 
  • Developing Ability to Keep a Beat 
MATERIALS NEEDED: 
  • Open space for group time
  • CD selection: “Highway #1” from the Australian group, Shenanigans (click to hear: available at Amazon) OR an instrumental selection of your choice that has a strong steady beat that children can follow easily. 
PROCEDURE:
1. PREPARE: Listen to the cd ahead of time, before playing it for the children, and practice each of the moves in the song. If you plan to use your own music selection, then practice movements ahead of time, that go with the beat of the music and that feature stamping, patting knees, clapping and clicking fingers or snapping. 

2. EXPLANATION: The idea is that children will follow the actions suggested in the song, “Highway #1”. These will be stomping feet, patting knees, clapping hands, and clicking fingers and other movements like sliding feet together, wiggling hips, etc. (or snapping, if the children are able)


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Life in Australia
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3. MODEL: Invite the children to stand up for a movement activity. I begin by demonstrating for the children how to stamp feet, pat knees, clap hands, and click/flick fingers. 

4. SAY: “We’re going to move our bodies to the beat in this song on the cd about traveling around Australia. We’ll be stamping, patting, clapping, & clicking, sliding, wiggling, hopping.  And, sometimes we'll pretend to drive our car! We’ll follow the directions from the narrator on the song.” (OR, “You’ll be following the directions that I call out.”) 

5. SHOW: If this is a large group, it helps to show the children how to move while they “stay in their places.” I remind them to use their strong muscles to make the motions, but not move wildly around the room. (Like: Stomping in place, or hopping in place, etc.)

6. INVITE: Put the music on and invite the children to move!
a. ~With hands clasping my pretend steering wheel, I keep the beat by pretending to turn the wheel as if “driving” during the first section of the song. 
b. ~Follow the moves suggested in each chorus of the song, "Highway #1". Or, call out moves for the children to do if you choose to present your own music selection.
c. ~CONTINUE this process through each phrase of the song:
     “ I traveled ‘round Australia on Highway #1
        I traveled ‘round Australia just to have some fun.
        And, when I got to Melbourne, I stopped to see
        someone. 
        And, she said: “Stomp, stomp and clap, clap, clap…
       Stomp, stomp and clap, clap, clap…Stomp, stomp 
       and clap, clap, clap…On Highway #1.”









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7. SHELF WORK: Create four Montessori-style “Command Cards”: STAMP, PAT, CLAP, and CLICK. You can place these in a little basket on the Music & Movement shelf of the classroom, and the children can choose this work to practice these movements (called “body percussion”)


    Montessori-style command cards from my TPT Printables Pack: Musically Montessori: All Around Australia Preschool Movement Activities 

EXTENSIONS & EMBELLISHMENTS: 
 ~  Play the backing track of this song ("Highway #1") in which the chorus is left up to you as the teacher to call out actions for the children to follow.
 ~  If the children are experienced, each can take a turn to call out the actions during the backing track of the song.
 ~ This song features various cities of Australia and is a great movement song to offer to the children in your Montessori-style curriculum studies of the continents of the world. You can find more Australia-related music activities at this post: The Australian Didgeridoo brings high & low fun to the Montessori music room. 



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I love sharing our music experiences with you and it is so nice to have you visit my blog today. I hope your group has lots of fun with these wonderful movement, dance & drama activities!



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YOU CAN GET MY MUSICALLY MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES PACK WITH LOTS OF PRINTABLES TO GO ALONG WITH THIS LESSON PLAN. JUST $6.99 AT MY T.P.T. STORE!
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And, Trillium Montessori has wonderful Montessori style printables (for purchase) to complete your cultural studies of the continents of the world. Click here to see these fantastic materials: Trillium Montessori Continents A-Z.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. I just played the song to my son and looks like we will have a lot of fun to move around and learn about Australia.

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    1. The song has been a favorite in my groups for many years! Your son is so fortunate to have a parent like you to guide him along in a fun musical way. Love hearing from you!

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