Monday, May 5, 2014

Must Have Monday

I'm linking up with Amy Abbot at Music a la Abbott today to blog about some must haves.  There's a great reason for this, you see.  On May 6 and 7, you can save up to 28% on items from Teachers Pay Teachers.  I've discounted my Treble in the Classroom store on top of the offer from the TPT site. 

So here goes:
Here are a few things that I've created for my classroom, that I couldn't live without.

#1 My Emergency Substitute Binder.  This includes tabs, letters, and sub lessons for grades K-6.  I have personally printed class copies of each activity and put them behind the grade level tabs.  Then, if I need to have an emergency day, I can pull out the binder and a non-music sub could choose musical activities for each grade level that they are comfortable with, sort of smorgasbord fashion (this is Lancaster PA, after all!)  I have gotten so much positive feedback from this.  Substitutes love the clarity and the ability to choose something that they can personally handle. 
Recently, my Carnival of the Animals assessment set has been very useful, as I'm finishing up the 1st grade Carnival unit.  It's been great to confirm that the students can listen and identify to the unique musical features of each animal in the Carnival. 
A must have that I purchased from Cori Bloom's Rhythm and Bloom is this great Roll-A-Song musical dice composition activity set. I just finished making all the paper dice for my 2nd graders and I'm excited for them to roll their way to a composition tomorrow.

My clip art cart is full.  Tomorrow I'll be stocking up on several things, including:
The Three Little Pigs by Scrappin' Doodles...

Happy shopping.  Thanks to all the teachers for all you do for kids each and every day!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Peter Pan Jr.

I have been neglecting my blog for the past month due to the craziness that belongs to "musical season."  Our annual after school production begins with rehearsals in January and continues through the end of April.  It is a highlight of our school year and brings our school community together with great pride.

This year, our show was Peter Pan, Jr.  We love the quality and resources provided by the Broadway Jr. Show Kits. 

My co-director is an amazing seamstress and can be credited with much of the sewing that is done.  We also had wonderful parents who help pull the show together.

Check out some pictures from the show.  I hope you enjoy them.  I promise to return with more blogging and classroom ideas soon!

The children in the nursery and Peter entering the window.
Captain Hook


Darling Children

Peter Pan

Chief and Tiger Lily

3 Brave Indians
Lost Boys


Mermaids...Was quite convenient since we did The Little Mermaid last year.