Making pretty things for my classroom makes me happy.
Okay, so I found this ADORABLE space clip art set from PrettyGrafik on Etsy. LOVE her stuff!
Anyway, I’m really into vocal exploration right now with my little ones because I want to get my kids singing early on. I want them to feel silly and sound silly. I want them to get over their worry about being embarrassed and build that confidence.
Here is my latest product and some slides from it:
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Being a “specials” teacher, a lot of people that don’t have any knowledge of my job seem to have an opinion about it. Sometimes, those people say things that are truly offensive and they don’t even realize it. I won’t go into any details because these songs make me feel better. So, here is my list of Songs to Improve My Mood.
1.) Machine Gun by Sara Bareilles
Best Lines: “Maybe nobody loved you when you were young.” and “I’m well versed in how I might be cursed; I don’t need it articulated.”
2.) Love Song by Sara Bareilles
Best lines: “Convinced me to please you, made me think that I need this too,” and “I learned the hard way that they all say things you wanna hear.”
3. Sweet as Whole by Sara Bareilles (NOTE: not all of these are intentionally Sara B, she just writes very powerful songs)
WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE
Best Lines: “It turns out I’m actually kind of a bitch but that only happens when I get provoked by some piece of shit asshole we all sadly know.”
4.) Let it Go by Idina Menzel (Frozen)
This Disney song is seriously empowering.
Best Lines: “I don’t care what they’re going to say, let the storm rage.” “Let it go, you’ll never see me cry.” “Let it go, that perfect girl is gone.”
5.) No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Idina Menzel (Wicked)
Best Lines: “No good deed goes unpunished! Sure, I meant well, well look at what well-meant did.” and “Let all Oz be agreed, I am wicked through and through.”
6.) Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenowith (Wicked)
Best Lines: “I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game” and “So if you care to find me, look to the western sky.”
Well, there you have it. 3 Idina’s and 3 Sara B’s to make you feel better and empowered.
Thanks for reading!
Do you remember Mad Minute in elementary school? I rocked the house at it! Of course, my competitive nature and love of math (there are right answers!) certainly made it a preferred activity.
As a teacher, I can see the assessment uses of an activity like Mad Minute because it’s fluency and data tracking. That thought led to the creation of a musical version. As a starter I created eight sets of 8 that progressively get more difficult.
The first six sets have the same format.
3 WS of 18 notes.
2 WS of 27 notes
2 WS of 33 notes
and 1 WS of 44 notes
Sets 7 & 8 are more advanced with 45-60 notes
I have been super productive today and created 12 (yes, 12!) sets of solfege signs. I added the diatonic word so that people would know that I only have the major scale and not any accidentals. Those may be coming.
I created signs using different themes because I wanted to make sure there was a little something for everyone. I have a super girly classroom now but my first classroom was painted in rainbow colors before I got there so I was stuck with that. My second classrooms weren’t crazy decorated because I had two classrooms to do and no budget. Anyway, my point is, I’ve evolved my classroom decor style in just the 8 years I’ve been a teacher. I know there are others out there who might not like my style but still like the resource. I’m trying to adapt.
Anyway, here is a list of the sets I created today. Each set is currently priced in my Teachers Pay Teachers at $1.50 but the price will rise next week to $3.00 so get it not for cheap!
School Theme: for the traditionalist
Butterfly Theme: for the vintage decorator
Whimsical Theme: For those who like froo-froo
Seaside Theme: for a more gender neutral decorator
Sweet Theme: for those who enjoy cutesy creations
Enchanted Theme: I have no explanation other than because I like it
Boomwhacker Theme: This set is in traditional boomwhacker colors to make that connection.
Nursery Rhyme Theme: for those who have younger students
Wonderland Theme: for those who like powerful colors
Balloon Sets: because it’s super cute
Pink Glitter Theme: for the super girly girl LIKE ME
Argyle Theme: for those who want less girly
Circles Theme: just because