Music is the theme of our next unit study. There are so many things you could learn about music, but our main focus was on an orchestra and recognizing instruments.
We made a few worksheets. The first was a dot-to-dot cello. The second involved a bit more work: cutting and gluing a keyboard. Later we added letters and notes, making a melody. Our third and last worksheet was a colorful one. The children had to count the different instruments and color the right amount of blocks in the chart.
For this theme we watched two music related TV series. One is a show for young children. Every episode they learn about one instrument, like a violin, a flute, or an accordion. The second show is a conducting contest. Every week the celebrities have to conduct a piece, and it shows the orchestra nicely.
A friend was so nice to lend us a box with all kinds of instruments so the children could play and discover. At one point they performed for Mommy.
For a gathering with homeschooling friends, we made guitar cookies. We shaped the dough of the coconut macaroons into the body of the guitar. After baking we added the strings.
That morning the children decorated little drums and filled them with macaroni. They also made their own “Almere Home Learners Orchestra” by coloring and decorating a conductor and little musicians.
Another day my daughter (5) found a Scrabble-like game. Together we made some music related words.
Of course this theme wouldn’t be complete without reading books about music. Our favorite book was a read-and-listen book. On every page it showed an instrument and the children could press a button. Then it played a little piece of classical music. Most of the pieces were taken from Carnaval des Animaux by Camille Saint Saens. We listened to the whole carnival trying to recognize about which animal each part was. We especially liked the cuckoo in the forest and the elephant.
If you like to listen to more pieces of music with your children, I recommend these fun pieces:
- The Entertainer, Scott Joplin
- Copenaghen Steam Railway Gallop, Hans Christian Lumbye
- The Typewriter, Leroy Anderson
- Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
I hope you are inspired by the ideas I shared with you today.