The Horses lesson & activity plan works well for any age from 1 – 5 years. Younger ones particularly enjoy the movement and knee bobbing, just omit the rhythm game and they might need a bit more help (with holding the coconuts etc.)
Older children will find it easier to grasp the rhythm work and they’ll really love the imaginative movement and exploring the different tempos.
The Horses digital lesson plan focuses on:
- Recognising the steady beat and singing together.
- Recognising contrasting tempos.
- Tapping rhythms.
- Listening skills.
- Practicing minims, crotchets and quavers (half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes)
- Imaginative movement.
- Experimenting with a variety of percussion instruments.
This is a particularly lively lesson which always goes down well with anyone under 5 years. It’s main focus is understanding and recognising contrasting tempos which is illustrated by the rhythm of horses hooves, walking, trotting and galloping. This music lesson plan is 10 pages long, including 5 printables which have been made with quavers, minims and crotchets for a European version, and with eighth notes, quarter notes and half notes for a US version.
These plans are not intended to read as a script, as everyone will have their own teaching style. More, I hope that they will provide you with in-depth guidance for a number of related activities that I have found in my years of teaching to be particularly effective and engaging combinations.
I have purchased every lesson you have available and LOVE them all!! I lead music classes for toddlers and preschoolers and I love how each of your lessons builds on each other. They are easy to adapt for the different ages. The parents of my students love that their kids are learning early music education while having a blast and that the kids go home and sing and stomp out rhythms. I would highly recommend your plans to everyone. And I look forward to seeing the other lessons.