Spring is literally days away, so take a moment now, to look through your upcoming lesson plans for the months ahead. Do some of your art and music lessons seem stale? If so, read below. Even if you think you have everything perfectly planned, you will want to peruse the following resources. You may just find some unique ideas or resources that you might want to use this springtime.
Music and Dance Resources
Have you thought about teaching dance to your toddler and preschool age children? If you experience trepidation at the thought of doing this, fear no more!! Gari Stein will fearlessly take you through the steps needed to feel confident while making the dance presentations. In no time at all, you will be confident in teaching your students dance steps for May Day and other springtime celebrations. . See “What? Me Teach Dance?” http://www.little-folks-music.com/what.htm to get started today.
May Day Related Dance and Music Resources
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/mayday.htm May Day Traditions and Customs in England
http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/ViewLesson.asp?ID=10049#.UycpgV5aO0c May Day Dance Lesson Ideas Preschool – Grade 5
More Montessori Spring-Themed Music Lesson Planning Ideas
Signs of Spring
Sounds of Spring
The Seed Story Play
Music Discovery Tables for Kids
Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies
Each of the Beethoven’s Wig CDs has featured a new twist and Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies is no exception, as it celebrates classical music for dance. Included are pieces written for the two-step, ballet, waltz, polka, minuet, rondeau, habenera and march. Creator-lyricist Richard Perlmutter has widened his focus on the classics to include such notable composers as Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa along with favorites like Bach, Tchaikovsky and Strauss.
Best Loved Stories in Song and Dance
A wonderful introduction for children to the world of ballet, designed for ages four through six. Complete barre and center work. All tracks have repeats. Plies, Tendus, Coupe Passe, Grand Battement, Port De Bras, Saute, Spring Points, Chasse and more.
New! Season Sings
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall -30 active songs from Hat & Jacket, Pants & Boots to Jump in Puddles, Spring Flowers, 10 Little Goblins. All fun and developmentally appropriate for early childhood teachers & kids! 29 songs
GO GREEN! Integrated Action/Music/Literature Activities
Download free French, Spanish, German, Italian and
Chinese songs with translations
Draw some life into your springtime cart lesson planning projects
Your first stop should be to Excellence in Education.
EIE Art Supplies
Crafts Kits and Supplies
Interdisciplinary Drawing Lesson Planning
Some children are reluctant to draw, because they feel that what they draw doesn’t quite measure up to the masterpieces they see their peers create. Fear of criticism or a general lack of self-esteem may prevent an artistically challenged child from expressing his creative side.
Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer, creators of Draw Your World, share Maria Montessori’s philosophy that each child will blossom according to his unique timetable. Draw Your World http://www.drawyourworld.com/ will appeal to every budding artists, irrespective of his innate drawing ability.
As we know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder,, and what one considers a masterpiece, another may consider an eyesore. What’s important is to instill confidence in your child so that he feels comfortable expressing and developoing his God given abilities.
For additional lesson planning, ideas and resources please visit the Draw Your World blog http://www.drawyourworld.com/blog/
Additional Springtime and Holiday Art Lesson Planning Resources
With Mother’s Day and summer camp just around the corner, it’s time to think of some fun group craft projects. Bountiful Spinweave offers pootholder looms, backstrap looms, and knitting kits etc. See http://bountifulspinweave.com/kids-page.php#.UyczuV5aO0c
Studying Artists and their Works in the Montessori Classroom
Crayon Resist Projects
Flower Themes, Flowers in Art Picture-A-Day and Time Lapse Photography Ideas
Easter and Springtime Activities
Montessori Easter Activities
Making Grass-Eggshell People
Marble Design Paper
Looking for some additional interdisciplinary spring themed lesson planning ideas? Please see http://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/spring-into-reading-writing-and-other-expressions-2/ Spring into Reading, Writing and Other Expressions.
Heidi Anne Spietz