Sunday, February 23, 2014

PIrates discover treasure at Woodruff!

Funny how one little idea can build into such a creative experience!

My thought was to mix things up a bit for the youngest music classes this term, appealing to the adventurous nature of the boys in particular. (tho of course, as it turns out, the girls are equally as excited!) So when a nice long box presented itself in the mail, I promptly decided to repurpose it into a Pirate Ship, complete with mast & sail, and cardboard anchor, both of which could be hoisted and dropped.

 Toilet paper rolls sliding into each other became spyglasses, and a collection of shells & polished rocks, along with soft blue/green wool lengths became treasure and seaweed. 
Rearranged songs directed us through the journey, from "Who's That Pulling up the Anchor?", "A Pirate went to Sea Sea Sea" 

to  "What shall we do on our Pirate Ship?" & "Pirates Row Your Boat Ashore"... 
We created Treasure Maps... 

discovered treasure, creating long and short patterns with it, reading our "compositions" to each other before playing them on various instruments...

identified pictures & sounds of musical instruments the pirates might have played on the ship, for entertainment...

and finally sailed back home across the seas, hungry pirates fishing along the way  
with rhythm stick rods catching sponge fish with paperclip hooks... 
"Who's got a fish now? I DO!"

The theme continues through it's third week, with undiminished enthusiasm, and one of the older classes has now discovered the ship, at anchor in the corner of the music room,
(Ship Ahoy), so I am madly creating another level in this musical adventure, to challenge the "next generation" of pirates...   ARRRRGGGGG Matey!

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