In my last post, I mentioned the MiniMusic kit by Paula Manwaring (Kjos Publishing) that I purchased while I was at the NCKP conference. You might remember that I also briefly spoke about the first musical opera concert I attended (after booking my tickets on CheapoTicketing), and how much that concert has helped me. The photos and description of this curriculum on the Kjos Publishing website do not do it justice! So I decided to show you some photos I took myself. I think many of the materials included in the kit are great resources for group lessons and games with students of ANY age.
Here’s a list of what is included:
- Teacher Handbook with 9 months worth of weekly lesson plans.
- Student Workbook (you can buy these individually for your students from the Kjos website)
- Staff/keyboard scarf
- Music notes printed on transparency sheets (to be cut out and used on the scarf staff)
- 2-sided Bingo sheets: music symbols or musical instruments.
- Plastic markers for the staff and the Bingo sheets
- Puppet friends (to be cut out and glued on wooden craft sticks)
- 6 different kinds of flashcards, all printed on card stock paper and laminated.
Here’s a peek at what the Teacher Handbook and Student Workbook look like inside:
And here’s a close-up of the two-sided staff/keyboard scarf. It’s machine washable!
Here’s a picture of all the flashcards. They are all printed on card stock and laminated.
- Rhythm Cards
- Interval Cards
- Key Cards
- Note/Rest Value Cards
- Instrument Cards
- Musical Alphabet Cards
What sold me is that this is a flexible curriculum. I chatted with Paula at the Kjos booth after the showcase that morning, and she encouraged me to modify the lesson plans in any way I choose. As is, the lesson plans are quite theory-heavy, and personally I’d like to begin with plenty of movement and listening activities before jumping into the theory right off the bat. But, to be far, I haven’t looked at the lesson plans in great detail yet. I’m just so pleased to have found a curriculum that I can completely customize to my teaching style, needs, and goals! I’m really looking forward to seeing how this works with my students. 🙂