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♫ While the cold weather is here we’ll be warming ourselves up by singing songs about animals we find in the jungle. We’ll be squawking and flying with parrots, rolling around with the hippopotami in their muddy pool and stomping with the elephants. We’ll be using our new shakers to slither with the rattlesnakes and we’ll be searching for that naughty monkey who keeps hiding. Children learn such a lot through the medium of song especially when those songs are accompanied by actions. They will name familiar objects around the room, name body parts and also incorporate names of actions: we move “faster” and “slower”, stretch “higher” and “lower” and respond to instructions such as “stop” and “go”. Some of the songs will be traditional favourites such as “Walking through the Jungle” and “Wind your Bobbin Up” which some of the children will already be familiar with. Other songs should be new to you with a jungle theme and using lots more colourful props, instruments and puppets. We shall also be experiencing traditional music from Africa and music such as David Fanshawe’s “African Sanctus”, a 20th century piece based on traditional African chants.

♫ As term progresses and the weather warms up, we’ll be singing songs about Spring. Bulbs will be “popping” out of the ground and leaves and flowers will be coming into bud. We’ll be visiting the farm where there are lots of new animals to meet and sing with. This time of year is a popular one with Western classical composers from Vivaldi to Delius, but we’ll also experience music with a Spring theme from around the world.

♫ The classes will maintain a familiar structure enjoyed by the children. This enables them to anticipate what is coming next and to feel secure in the Music for Little People environment. Classes begin with a “hello song” and a section called “finding the voice”. Children love to experiment with their voices and this section enables them to practice many of the vocal skills necessary for successful singing. This is one of the most popular parts of the class with the children! The Music for Little People curriculum is a progressive one and your child will learn skills that will lay the foundations for future learning.

Karen ♫