Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Learning Activities and Games!

Happy Fall!  I just love this time of year!

Well, as promised, here are some fun games and activities you can do with your preschool or school aged children!

Click HERE to get a Halloween themed counting my 10's game!  This is more for grades 1-2, but I included it anyway because it is fun!

Click HERE for a Pumpkin Life Cycle game!

Click HERE for a Fall Sightwords song and coloring packet!  The words to the song should be sung to the tune, "Oh My Darlin' Clementine".

Click HERE for Voice Level Charts.  These charts are a great way to teach your child how to use their voices properly!  Just print each level on a different color card stock and laminate!

Again, these are not my creations.  These are resources that are free for individual or classroom use that were created by other teachers.  Enjoy and have some fall fun!

See you soon!
Miss Jessica

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Color games and more!

I am a member of a website called Teachers Pay Teachers and they send me free school resources every now and again that I can download and pass on to my Sound Beginnings students.  These resources were not created by me and I do not take credit for them.  They may be reproduced for personal use only.  I hope you enjoy using them with your child!

For a fun phonics chart, CLICK HERE!

For an apple counting and math game, CLICK HERE!

For a color game, CLICK HERE!

For Pre-K writing pages and prompts, CLICK HERE!

As I come across more resources, I will add them to this site for you to access, download and use.  You can always sign up for Teachers Pay Teachers too!  It is free to join and there are way too many resources to list here for every grade level and subject you can imagine!  Enjoy and check back often for I will be adding more to this site!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sound Beginnings

Even very young children can create music.  One afternoon my youngest son who is 2 decided to sing along with me while I prepared for a class.  He will definitely be in my Sound Beginnings class this fall!

Miss Jessica
Let's Play Music Teacher

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New music program for toddlers!‏

Let's Play Music now has a new program- Sound Beginnings!

This fun new curriculum is specifically designed for ages 2-4 and their parents. The curriculum is organized into four non-sequential semesters. Each semester is four months long and provides experience with important music concepts and skills through different songs and games. Each 30 minute class includes singing, movement, games, stories, and activities, focusing on different concepts each semester.  Whether you decide to continue with music instruction or not, Sound Beginnings is the perfect way to nurture your child's confidence and develop intelligence.  Research shows that musical beginnings enhance intelligence, and that's exactly what Sound Beginnings is all about.

Learn more about this amazingly fun program HERE!

I have been teaching music for several years and Let's Play Music for the past 2 years and I am really excited about this new program!  I have been asked many times- what to do musically with 2-4 year olds.  We finally have something and it's amazing!  Here is a little sample of a class taught by one of our Utah teachers:  You will see how much they are actually being exposed to with vocal training, rhythm, learning letters, and numbers in such a cute fun way.  You will also notice how engaged these children are throughout the class.  And most importantly, they are having many fun nurturing moments with their parent.

To be placed on my waiting list for this fall, contact me via email or phone:  (I will only have 18-21 spots available)

Tuition for the 2012 semester will be:
$35/month for the 1st child
$20/month for sibling ages 2-4
$10/month for sibling ages 0-2

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.

Jessica Barnum
Let's Play Music teacher

Friday, October 28, 2011

This Is Halloween!

Your kids dressed up so cute this week!  I just had to post the pictures of them in their costumes!  We had so much fun this week!

Flynn Rider

Pirate Dan ARRRR!

Cutest Referee EVER!

Star Trooper

Super Girl

Racing Legend Lightning McQueen joined us too!

I even had Peter Pan and Wendy in class!

Sweet Fairy

Capitain America Girl


Thank you everyone for dressing up!  I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!  See you next week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Something to look forward to . . .

Hey Parents!  Thought I would post the winners from the 2011 Composition Competion.  In their third year, each student will have the opportunity to compose his/her own piece of music. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

12 Benefits of Music Education

Some people may wonder why music education is important.  I found a great article that lists 12 reasons why music education is important.  The article was written by Carolyn Phillips, Former Executive Director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, CT.  The full article can be found HERE.

1.  Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.

2.  There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things).

3.  Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

4.  Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.

5.  A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures.

6.  Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work.

7.  In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible.

8.  Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline.

9.  Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development.

10.   Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on "doing," as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world.

11.  Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks.

12.  An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.