Thursday, December 6, 2018

Make and Play: Pellet Drum

It's a new month, which means a new unit in our Homeschool Preschool from Mother Goose Time.
This month we are studying Sights and Sounds with the first week focusing on the Orchestra.
"By exploring musical instruments, children hear sounds, tones and learn to communicate without words."-MGT

Today we studied DRUMS, and it is the percussion instrument my one year old son knows full well and can play right alongside his older sister. Ha! 

Our lesson started with me asking my 4 year old, "What could we use to make drums?" 
 Avaleigh proceeded to beat on the wall, globe, chair, table, and even her legs.  
Anything can be made into a drum, and I explained that today we would make a Pellet Drum.
The supplies needed are: thick paper plate(s), straw, beads, yarn, crayons or markers, and a stapler.

The first thing my girl did was decide on tha pattern of the beads she wanted to place on her 2 pieces of yarn.  Because she is into all things rainbow, naturally that is the pattern she chose.
I only tied off the 2 ends so the beads would stay towards the end of the piece of yarn.  
She completed 2 of these and it was fantastic fine motor skills practice.

After lacing her beads, she colored her plate with a rainbow circular pattern like that depicted on the "Make and Play" card.  I then used a stapler to attach all the parts.  I only lined up the spots for Avaleigh and she then pressed hard on the stapler to connect everything.

In hindsight, I should have had her use 2 plates (one for the front and one for the back) but it still worked out well and she had fun.  By only using one plate, her straw seemed a little more bendy and too flexible.  Having 2 plates would have provided the stability needed to keep the drum beating easier.  She played with her drum quite a bit by twisting the straw in her hands causing the beads to hit her plate and create beats.  She really enjoyed this activity.
As she played, I struggled to capture non blurry pictures!  This was the best I was able to take.

My little percussionist.

The rest of this week we will be discussing woodwinds, horns, stringed instruments, and the piano!
So go make your pellet drum with your little one and come back and see us next week as we study the Sights and Sounds of the Outdoors.  Until then,

Happy Music Making!

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Preschool Rhyme Time

Lately my little girl has been into sounding out words by syllables.
"Momma, can you say 'ev-er-ett is scr-eam-ing'?" 
Yes dear, I can.  And I can hear him.  Ugh.
By sounding out words into syllables, she can catch rhyming words 
more often since she can hear the ending sound to the words. 

On our Bridge Day, my girl built bridges between picture cards that rhymed.
This activity could be done with any pictures or objects you have that rhyme.  Just try to only have one match to each rhyme.

Mother Goose Time supplied us with a river picture, popsicle sticks, and 6 picture cards:
boat, coat, truck, duck, star, and car.  
Draw a river on a piece of paper or with chalk outside.
Place one set of card on the left side of the river, then flip over their matches on the right side of the river.  Kids flip over cards trying to find the matching rhymes.  When they find a set, they can use popsicle sticks or whatever item you have for bridge making, to build a bridge between those 2 cards.

Here's a video of me explaining how to rhyme with my girl as we played this game.
By the way, she loved this game!  We have played it several different times throughout the month.

Hope it helps you as you and your kiddos explore rhyming!