Here's why I love this album. There are a ton of fun and easy songs on the CD that make teaching movement games a snap. The songs usually come with verbal instructions in the singing so that I don't have to give instructions. If the kids listen to the lyrics they get everything they need to be successful on the song and with the movement. I love this because it means that they're held accountable for listening so that they can learn the directions for the song. It also means that I can stand back and don't have to take a central role in teaching the material. I can be on the sidelines modifying behavior and encouraging and dancing along. Honestly, the directions are so clear in the music that I think I could potentially leave this CD with a substitute teacher and get some great results.
I also love this album because it has rocking accompaniments that the kids really like and there are lots of options for all grades. I start young with songs like "Body Talk" for kindergarten since it's an easy and stress free way for them to move their bodies while still staying nonlocomotor. In Body Talk they move their eyebrows, then their fingers, then their cheeks, and on and on until they're standing and moving their hips and legs and balancing. It definitely helps them with body awareness and is a great intro into creative movement in the music room. When kids get older we can move on to slightly more difficult songs like "Animal Action" where they start to incorporate locomotor movements and more difficult actions. Animal Action is a great example because students get a free dance time (chorus) and then each verse gives them different prompts to "move like a..." different animal. This is also fantastic because kids have to use their critical thinking skills to relate what an animal would look/move like and then create that movement with their bodies (fantastic transfer for this young age). I love this song because it allows for fun movement that the kids like and it teaches form since the sections of free movement and animal movement are very clear and distinct.
And I have to say that some of my favorite "Back to School" starter songs are on this CD. "Beanbag Boogie" is one of my all time favorites to do with kids and is a great way to rework their knowledge of verse/chorus form. They have to toss the beanbags on the chorus as they move around the room and then balance the beanbags on their bodies for the verses (the CD give them prompts like balance on your foot, on your shoulder, on your back, etc.). I also love the "Freeze Song." I do this song with scarves (blog post about that to come!) and the kids move and move and move and then when the music stops they have to freeze. The best part about this is that the musical recordings have built in freeze points so that I don't have to go over and stop the recording. Everything goes on its own.
I can't say enough about how much I love this recording. Go and check it out. Seriously, here's the link again to the Amazon page. If you get it, let me know what you think and I'll share with you some of my favorites! I'm hopefully going to write more about it later this year with more concrete examples of how I use each song. GREAT resources here for movement and easy easy easy to incorporate!
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