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Re: sound of a clock- students no longer know
missbelle #3036276 10/16/20 11:24 AM
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For beat, even the books I use mention heartbeat, but some kids are still not aware of that at age 4-6 years.

Most young children are visually stimulated, so seeing a clock or windshield wipers is beneficial.

The side to side cross across the body clapping is quite good for brain development. Keeping a steady beat in the feet is harder than you think, while the hands work on rhythm.

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Re: sound of a clock- students no longer know
missbelle #3036282 10/16/20 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by missbelle
For beat, even the books I use mention heartbeat, but some kids are still not aware of that at age 4-6 years.

Most young children are visually stimulated, so seeing a clock or windshield wipers is beneficial.

The side to side cross across the body clapping is quite good for brain development. Keeping a steady beat in the feet is harder than you think, while the hands work on rhythm.
I saw my grandchild doing Baby Shark when she was two years old. The arms are opened wide - one up, one down - and clap together like a giant shark mouth - to the cue of the song. There's your windshield wipers. The song is quite rhythmic. (Since the kids seem to have this song as their staple).

Re: sound of a clock- students no longer know
missbelle #3036354 10/16/20 02:24 PM
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The way I do side to side clapping I learned in pedgogy classes in college- (the Duckworth Method??)

crossing the midline is good for body and brain connectivity.

Keep the beat (quarter notes) in the feet.
The hands begin with side to side quarters, matching the feet. ONE ONE ONE ONE

Next, intro the half note. This is clap (hold) clap (hold). as you cross the midline, you still tap the foot, but literally hold the clap to the next side. Say "half-note nalf-note"

Next up, 4 march steps, and one held clap- "WHOLE-note-hold-it"

Eighth notes are "two eights two eights" with one foot march/step per two claps. "ONE and TWO and". "TWO 8s TWO 8s"

so it lines up as thus- (L R is for which foot)

L R L R
1 1 1 1 (4 quarters)

L R L R
1-2 1-2 (two half notes)

L R L R
1-2-3-4 (one whole note)

L R L R (ARGH< not getting it to line up right on the computer screen)
2 8s 2 8s 2 8s 2 8s (8 8th notes)


most fun is the dotted half note- I often hold off on this one until we get to waltz tempo/teaching time signatures
and invite the parent to dance with their child.

L R L R L R
1- 2- 3- 1- 2 -3- (two half-note-dots). HALF-note-dot HALF-note-dot. (CLAP-hold-hold CLAP-hold-hold)

I'll save Baby Shark for fun moments and application. Nothing much cuter that a two year old grandchild!!

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