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MKMEA Chalk Challenge

I am so pumped that the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America conference is going to be hosted in my hometown, Wichita, KS, October 23-25 this year! I have never had the chance to attend a regional or national Kodaly workshop, so this will be a very exciting first for me. Jo Kirk, my Level 1 instructor at Wichita State, will be giving the keynote as well as doing two sessions.

To spread the word and get people excited for this conference, I thought it would be fun to do a MKMEA 2015 Chalk Challenge.

Think back to the ice bucket challenge...you had to complete the task as well as challenge a few others.

So here's how this challenge works:

1) Grab some chalk and find a way to represent a folk song (rhythm notation, staff notation, icons, or whatever you come up with).
2) Take a picture of your chalk drawing and upload it to Facebook
3) On your post, be sure to include the following:
  • That you are planning to attend MKMEA
  • Tag 3-5 friends
  • Add the hashtag #MKMEA2015 (This way when people use the hashtag, they can click on the hashtag and see all the related posts)
  • Have people guess what song you notated!
4) You get extra credit if you also include the registration link in your post: http://www.midwestkodaly.org/


You can guess my song on my Facebook page.

Now it's your turn, even if no one has personally challenged you yet. Consider this your invitation! Grab some chalk and hit the pavement. Then share on Facebook!

Can't wait to see you there!

Lemonade Stand Printable

I love using the song "Lemonade" with my kiddos. It is great for high/low or sol-mi.


When teaching a question/answer song like this, I have found it really helps to use puppets to differentiate between the characters. I also try to display the words, after they have heard it a few times and have the different voices color coded. Eventually, I can have the class be the response, then later divide the class and half can ask the questions and half can answer. Finally I get it down to 2 child soloists. If they are given a puppet to hold, they WANT to have a turn to solo sing and they don't even think about it as singing alone in front of their class.


I found the cutest lemonade picture frame at Hobby Lobby this summer. They may still have a few of them in their summer clearance section if you are super lucky or you can probably create something similar. This one is just a 4 x 6 photo fame, so it's not super big, but I thought it would be really fun to have as a prop behind finger puppets and put in a center for dramatic play and solo singing. You can click here to get your own photo frame copy in color and black and white.


Dollar Days of Summer - Week 8

Thanks for joining Cori from Rhythm and Bloom and I for week 8 of Dollar Day$ of Summer. You can check in each week on my blog or on our Facebook pages (Rhythm and Bloom and Lindsay's Kodaly Inpsired Classroom) to see what will be the dollar deal of the week. This is a great way to stock up for next and snag some great deals!


If you are new to my blog, when you visit my store, you will see a "Dollar Day$ of Summer" banner. If you click on the banner, you will see the item in my store that is discounted to $1 for that week!


You can find all the participating deals by visiting my blog every week of summer. I will have a linky party at the bottom of my blog post with links to all the $1 deals. 

This week, I am offering a song file as my dollar deal. I love using Old Brass Wagon when teaching 16th notes.


It includes lyrics pages, pages with beat icons like the one pictures below:

It includes rhythmic icons for all rhythms present as well as shows the notation of the ones we already know but leaves the icons for the new mystery rhythm. At this point, the kids can see and hear that there are four sounds on a page and you a ready to present. You can present using any syllables that you want. You are not locked in with this set. 

I am also trying to make writing a bigger part of my classroom, but not mindless busy work type of writing. Here's an example of a page I created for this set that works on memory and writing the missing rhythms in the song. 


Are you a seller on TPT and would like to link up? Here are the details:
1) Choose one item from your store and add a link below. You can link directly to the item on TPT or you can write a blog post about your awesome resource and link up with the blog post address. You do not have to have a blog to participate.
2) There will be 10 open spots each week and they are first come, first serve. 
3) If you link up, please share a link to my blog post with the link up on your social media to help others find out about these incredible deals!

Link up below:

Dollar Day$ of Summer - Week 7

Thanks for joining Cori from Rhythm and Bloom and I for week 7 of Dollar Day$ of Summer. You can check in each week on my blog or on our Facebook pages (Rhythm and Bloom and Lindsay's Kodaly Inpsired Classroom) to see what will be the dollar deal of the week. This is a great way to stock up for next and snag some great deals!


If you are new to my blog, when you visit my store, you will see a "Dollar Day$ of Summer" banner. If you click on the banner, you will see the item in my store that is discounted to $1 for that week!


You can find all the participating deals by visiting my blog every Sunday/Monday of the summer. I will have a linky party at the bottom of my blog post with links to all the $1 deals. 

This week, I am helping kick start your planning with a FREEBIE and a $1 lesson. These come from my kindergarten music lessons.



Here's a peek at some of the pages from my kindergarten lessons:

If you download the freebie and love it, you might want to grab Lesson 2 which will be on sale for $1 the until Saturday, July 18.


If you got the chance to use any of my kindergarten lessons last year, I would love to hear how they went and if there were certain activities your students loved. Also, let me know if there were things that didn't gel for you or your kids. As always, I am always looking for ways to make my lessons even better for my students!

Feel free to connect with me on Facebook at "Lindsay's Kodaly Inspired Classroom" or you can reach me via email at LindsayJervis@hotmail.com

Are you a seller on TPT and would like to link up? Here are the details:
1) Choose one item from your store and add a link below. You can link directly to the item on TPT or you can write a blog post about your awesome resource and link up with the blog post address. You do not have to have a blog to participate.
2) There will be 10 open spots each week and they are first come, first serve. 
3) If you link up, please share a link to my blog post with the link up on your social media to help others find out about these incredible deals!

Link up below:

Dollar Days of Summer - Room Decor Reveal

Thanks for joining Cori from Rhythm and Bloom and I for week 6 of Dollar Day$ of Summer. You can check in each week on my blog or on our Facebook pages (Rhythm and Bloom and Lindsay's Kodaly Inpsired Classroom) to see what will be the dollar deal of the week. This is a great way to stock up for next and snag some great deals!


If you are new to my blog, when you visit my store, you will see a "Dollar Day$ of Summer" banner. If you click on the banner, you will see the item in my store that is discounted to $1 for that week!


You can find all the participating deals by visiting my blog every Sunday/Monday of the summer. I will have a linky party at the bottom of my blog post with links to all the $1 deals. 

More about that soon!

I have created a few different room themes recently be request, but now I'll slowly be revealing what's going on in my music room this year!

This year I will be decorating in a ...........drum roll please.......WATERCOLOR THEME!!!


I am really loving the watercolor look right now, thought it would be really fun and still soothing for my music room.

I have a few things done already (not printed and posted in my room, but ready print):

I went a little crazy on my set of dynamics posters. Usually I include 8 posters, one for fff, ff, f, mf, mp, p, pp, and ppp. This time I have over 350 pages of options. Over 11 background colors, black or white text, and with or without English translation.

Here's a little preview:


These are just SOME of the options.



If you love this watercolor look as much as I do, you won't want to miss my $1 deal of the week. Grab these dynamics posters for just $1 and send me a picture of the color(s) you end up choosing for your room!