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MORE about Music Mondays

So, my ADD mind totally got distracted and forgot to include everything that I was wanting to in my last post about Music Mondays.  So guess what?!?!  You get another post this week!!!  Just in case you didn’t get enough ideas in the last post, I’m going to throw a few more your way.

Incorporating Books into our Music Time

Being a former elementary school teacher, I LOVE a good read aloud!  Therefore, look to incorporate books wherever I can!  😉 If you follow me on Instagram (@stephbivone) or through Facebook, you probably saw a picture I posted previously where I incorporated the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt into one of our Music Mondays a few weeks ago.  We started by going on a “nature hunt” outside to collect various items to put into empty water bottles.  If you are familiar with the book, they go walking through the grass, the forest, the river, the mud, the snow, and a cave.  Well, I wasn’t creative enough to come up with items for all of those, so we just covered four of them- the grass, forest, river, and snow.  We collected grass, twigs, and stones from outside.  The grass represented, you guessed it, the grass from the story.  The twigs represented the forest, and the stones I put in the bottle for the river.  I then filled that bottle with cold water.  You can even put the water bottle in the freezer and let it get slushy!  For the snow, we just used cotton balls from inside.  The kids absolutely LOVED collecting items from outside and putting them in the bottles, and it’s always fun to have an excuse to get outside!  Shaking the bottles during our read aloud of the book was even more fun, and allowed us to explore different sounds that each item did, or did not, make in the bottle.  An overall great experience, and I am definitely going to incorporate more text into future Music Mondays.  I will most likely enlist the help of my musically talented teacher friend Mallory (remember the one who gave T her first instrument set) to suggest some great texts to incorporate music for future lessons!  Stay tuned….

Magnetic Mondays

Wait?!?! I thought this post was supposed to be about Music Monday.  It is, but I had to include this portion in this post because I have recently found myself mixing Music Mondays up with Magnetic Mondays.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to get bored easily, and need to change things up frequently.  I recently felt myself getting bored with my Music Monday routine, and wanting to change it up.  So, I used an inspiration from Pinterest to create a magnetic wall in our playroom!  It’s so easy, and I know YOU can do it too in as little as 30 minutes.

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Here’s what you’ll need…

  • A metal oil drip pan.  I found this great one at Wal-Mart for only $11.97!
  • Command hooks!  I love these because I wanted the board to be interchangeable with another board I’m working on!
  • A drill.  Maybe a handy husband to help you drill holes!
  • A variety of magnets to use on your new interactive board!!! I even made some of my own magnets using a variety of these, which I found at Wal-Mart.  I simply used a peel and stick magnet, which you can find at your local craft store!

After drilling three holes in the top of the metal pan, my husband sanded the edges to make sure there were no rough patches.  I then attached the command hooks to the wall, and following the directions let the strips “set” before hanging the pan.  Hang the pan, and you are DONE!  So easy!  Right?!?!

I’m excited to see how this board evolves as the kids grow….. The sky is the limits with this magnetic board.  I’m envisioning work with letters, numbers, colors, and so much more.  The great thing about this board is that it can be differentiated for all ages.  For now, we are sticking to simply magnets of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The kids are still getting the cause and effect relationship between magnetic and non-magnetic items, and having fun in the process!

Sorry that I was not able to include this in one post, but thank you for bearing with me as I learn the art of blogging.  I would love to hear your ideas of how you use text and even magnets with your little ones!  Hopefully you have found some inspiration that you can use in the days ahead to enhance the time that you have with your little ones.  As always, thank you for reading and tuning in.  It means the world to me!

~Stephanie

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