In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we focused solely on the hand signs for Do, Re and Mi in Merrily We Roll Along.
In "Merrily We Roll Along" we...
-Focus on the hand-signs for Do Re Mi
-Learn that the Do hand sign is two fists at your waist
-Learn that the Re is two hands out like a teepee
-Learn that the Mi is both hand out flat pointed inwards
-Play a new song with a familiar melody (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Merrily We Roll Along Follow Up Activities
Inside the Chapter 4 workbook, you’ll find some simple sheet music for Merrily We Roll Along, a patterning sheet and a Number the Ships activity.
The hand signs are the focus this week, so take an extra couple minutes to work on them with your learner.
Remember that Do is two fists at your waist, Re is two hands pointing up like like a teepee, and Mi is both hand out flat pointed inwards. These hand signs will help attach a concrete kinesthetic motion to the slightly more abstract idea of pitch, which helps develop a strong sense of pitch. Plus, it gives your learner an instrument wherever they are!
Patterning with Red, Orange and Yellow
Inside the Chapter 4 workbook, there’s a patterning activity where children have to use Red, Orange and Yellow to finish the pattern. You can easily recreate this little game with four crayons (Red, Orange, Yellow and Black). Simply start a pattern with 2 or 3 colors, and then leave a blank space somewhere in the pattern (like R O R O R __ or Y O R Y __ R) and have your learner color in the missing space! Draw 6-12 patterns on a page and see if your learner can try quizzing you once they’ve got the hang of it.
You can also ask your child some questions about what they learned in music this week. Some examples are…
Do you remember the words to Merrily We Roll Along?
What color is the number 2 bell?
What number is yellow bell?
In the next lesson, we’ll play one more classic children’s melody using Do, Re, & Mi!