The focus for this week was on pulse, which is a basic musical skills that is needed to be understood before other aspects of musical understanding is introduced such as rhythm. Class started as usual with the Hello song, during which Child A was able to keep a steady beat by patting his knees.
Child A was very excited when I revealed the Yoga ball to use again in class, according to his Childminder he spoke about the last time he used the ball in class when he got home afterwards. This week he was a little unsure about mounting the ball for the first activity, which was the song ‘Jack Be Nimble’. After he rode it once, he wanted to do it again many times.
In this class we used the yoga ball in many different ways which was a big treat to Child A. For the next song ‘See Saw’, not only did we roll on it to understand the pulse plus the rising and falling two note melody (So-Mi). We also rolled the ball to each other, varying the speed (tempi) to develop his co-ordination. What stood out was that he wanted to include his Childminder in the activity, so it did not just involve myself as teacher and himself. This to means shows his Social skills and empathy are growing, the more we meet each week.
For the next song, I used ‘Frosty Weather’ which is a seasonal song based on the falling leaves of Autumn which coincide with the EYFS Environmental awareness. As a game I used the lycra sheet and Child A helped me to get out the shaker eggs. The sheet falls onto the children at the end of the song, just like the Autumn leaves. Child A, however developed his own game which I followed to use a development. He decided to place the egg shakers onto the lycra which we shook to the beat to represent the rustling leaves. Each time they fell off, he would automatically collect them, just as he ran after the yoga ball every time it rolled away and would retrieve it. What stood out is that Child A collected the eggs and arranged them into groups according to colour, 3 yellow and 3 blue each time this happened. So I took the opportunity to bring some awareness to his numeracy skills and asked him to count the eggs each time. Next time I use this activity, we’ll have to learn the numbers in his mother tongue as well in English as Child A comes from a bilingual home.
We finished the class, with a calming rhyme called ‘Soft Kitten’. Which is a great sensory tool as well as for developing pulse. After the request section for the group’s favourite well-known songs, we sang the Goodbye song and Child A waved very clearly when I sang goodbye to him.