1 Ukulele and Dance

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Ukulele

  • Set out a row of chairs and ask students to set their ukuleles on the chairs before going to Opening Ceremonies each week.
  • Ask another mom to help you tune the ukuleles before class.
  • Before students hold their ukuleles, demonstrate the way to hold a ukulele and talk about the parts of their instrument. Be sure to tell the students that their instruments are tuned and they should not touch the keys.  (Some of our campuses place a sock over the head of the ukulele to remind our little ones not to touch the keys.)Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 2.18.58 PM.png
  • Ask each child to hold their ukulele.
    “Left hand holds the ukulele neck.”
    “Right hand strums.”
    “Sit up straight and hold the ukulele against your stomach!”

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  • “A hush fell over the ukuleles” is what we usually say when students begin randomly strumming.
    Demonstrate plunking. This is where the finger catches each string.
    Now, demonstrate proper strumming.
  • Ask students to strum with you as you count.
    1 2 3 4                 1 2 3 4
    “Try to do it together!”
    1 2 3      1 2 3      1 2 3 4     1 2 3 4
    1 2 3      1 2 3
  • “Does anyone recognize that song? Let’s try it again, all together!” You can hum “Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, brother John, brother John. Morning bells are ringing. Morning Bells are ringing. Ding dong ding. Ding dong ding.”
  • Repeat steps 6 and 7 several times.
  • Ask students to return their ukuleles to the chairs and come back to the circle quickly and quietly.

Dance

Clapping Exercise

  1. Clap a simple pattern.
  2. Ask students to repeat the pattern.
  3. Clap a more complicated pattern.
  4. Clap and ask students to repeat several time.

Head and Shoulders, Baby

  1. Choose partners for each student.
  2. Partners face each other
  3. Students touch their heads and shoulders
  4. at baby they clap
  5. cross clap with their partner for 1 and 2
  6. clap all four hands together at 3
  7. dance to I’m real smart to ’cause I’m not fool
  8. jump front, back and to the sides
  9. Repeat using each stanza’s activity

Head and shoulders, baby
1, 2, 3
Head and shoulders, baby
1, 2, 3
Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders, baby
1, 2, 3

I’m real smart
‘cuz I home school
I’ll work real hard
’cause I’m no fool
To the front to the back
To the side, side, side
To the front to the back
To the side, side, side

Back and tummy, baby
1, 2, 3
Back and tummy, baby
1, 2, 3
Back and tummy
Back and tummy
Back and tummy, baby
1, 2, 3

I’m real smart

’cause I home school
I’ll work real hard
’cause I’m no fool
To the front to the back
To the side, side, side
To the front to the back
To the side, side, side

’round the world, baby
1, 2, 3
’round the world, baby
1, 2, 3
’round the world
’round the world
’round the world, baby
1, 2, 3

I’m real smart
’cause I home school
I’ll work real hard
’cause I’m no fool
To the front to the back
To the side, side, side
To the front to the back
To the side, side, side

milk the goat, baby
1, 2, 3
milk the goat, baby
1, 2, 3
milk the goat
milk the goat
milk the goat, baby
1, 2, 3

 

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