Shell, Shell, Little Shell
ELSIE REMEMBERED THE SHELL PATTERN WE USED FOR RHYTHMIC NOTATION. THE CHILDREN HELPED TO ARRANGE SHELLS ON THE FLOOR TO FORM RHYTHMIC PATTERNS.
In our music classes we use a variety of found objects such as shells, stones, flowers to set out a simple rhythmic pattern. The children can help to arrange the patterns which we chant, clap, pat and dance.
Elsie used to come to my music class until the first term of this year when the family moved to Nelson. Two year old Elsie remembered us setting out shells on the floor for the rhythmic pattern shell, shell, little shell. When her dance teacher used this same rhythmic pattern, Elsie insisted that the class had to used the shell chant ” Because that is what we did in Julie Wylie Music.” We would reinforce this pattern through movement: Walk, walk, running walk.
FOR A SPRINGTIME PATTERN ARRANGE DAFFODILS TO FORM THE PATTERN: DAF, DAF, DAFF-O-DIL