On February 6th Wheelock school participated in Global Play Day - a day dedicated to letting students simply play without any adult structure imposed on their play. I was very curious to see what that might look like in the music room. I put out many of my manipulatives that I use for rhythmic creation and composition for students to explore as well as my puppet tree and dress up box. The most popular station by far was the puppet tree with the dress up box coming in a close second! Students loved creating stories with the puppets and adding props to the puppets. In several classes I observed groups organizing the puppets into a band and assigning them each instruments. It was so much fun to watch their creativity take flight in ways that I could not have predicted. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to observe students engaged in play and to notice their social interactions. Having a different lens with which to view students was really helpful for me to come to a deeper understanding of each student's personality and interests. Similarly, being invited into their play and games of make-believe was not only fun but a privilege.
I'm a toe-tappin, guitar-pickin', hummin' 'n drummin' spouse, and mom to three kids. I love being in nature, kayaking, travelling with my family, tending to my beehives and chickens and walking and training my crazy dog. Engaging with the world musically is very important to me. It's where I get my joy! Contact Mrs. Stover at firstname.lastname@example.org
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