My 5th graders are currently prepping ti. This is the EARLIEST I've ever been able to do ti and I'm quite giddy. They will also get to at least tim-ka (dotted eighth-sixteenth) before May and that too makes me giddy. I have NEVER taught tim-ka!! This is in part to it being my 3rd year with the majority of the kiddos and the other I really believe is that I'm teaching children who speak my same "native tongue." You see, I worked in a "bilingual" school for 10 years prior to being at Red Hawk. Bilingual is in quotes because it really was an English-language acquisition school. 90-94% of the students' first language was Spanish which means, with me being an English speaking teacher, they were learning in their second language or in a language which was new to them. As much as I tried to learn repertoire that I could use in my teaching that was from their culture it couldn't replace the fact that I did not grow up with that musical language.
Wow, that was a tangent!
At any rate, back to ti. My fifth graders are preparing ti, which means we're singing and playing and moving and creating with a lot of repertoire that includes ti. This brings me to Yankee Doodle.
Mallory Harrison, our past ROCKE president, learned a hand clapping pattern at the OAKE National Conference last year at one of the sessions that she attended. At Susan Brumfield's ROCKE workshop last year she briefly showed it to me. I'm not sure if I remembered it correctly but here's the gist: she learned it to Yankee Doodle (which, there is a fun play party for this song in "The Handy Play Party Book". If you don't have this book, buy it for yourself as Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa present, you deserve it!).
Here's the "A" section, I'm sure you all know the song:
The hand clapping pattern, facing a partner, goes:
right hand (of partner)
clap (own hand)
left hand (of partner)
clap (own hands)
both (hands of partner)
clap (own hands)
both hands with partner, with inter-linking fingers. (weave fingers like you are "folding" your hands, then twist your fingers so that they are towards you and your palms go to your partner).
back (against own hands)
Then the pattern repeats. The 7th step is the hardest (and the hardest to explain)
This was a lot of fun, but we like to kick things up in the music room, so after the finger-weaving pat they changed partners (we were in concentric circles).
Here's a little video of one of my 5th grader classes so you can better see it:
Just a reminder that there's a HUGE Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers tomorrow and Tuesday!
Everything in my store, and many others, will be 28% off! I was hoping to have my Polar Express files included by tomorrow but I'm not sure they will be. So, once I do get them posted I will sell them at 20% for the first two days that they are available.
I hope you all have a GREAT week!