I never thought that I'd become one of those ……………… hmmmm, shall we say, unusual people that peruses blogs like they were newspapers. But actually I think that blog reading has become for me, in some ways, more enjoyable than turning the pages of my own local newspaper. Since the Atlanta Journal met its untimely end and we now have only the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I have found myself often picking up some of the local rags just to see the quirky, individualistic things that can only be found inside a small independent paper. And now I'm finding that blogs give me the same satisfaction.
I recently saw this video clip on the blog of another Kindermusik educator and had to share it with everyone on this side of the continent. (She's from British Columbia.) So, make sure your speaker are turned up, hit the play button, and enjoy!
If your child is nearby, it's easy to seize the learning moment by pointing out the movements of the skeleton, such as the mouth opening and closing and relating it to your child's mouth. Or, possibly, when the skeleton lays his head down on his arm, show your child how he can do the same thing. Relate what your child sees to what he can feel in his own body – skull inside his head, his jaw, even his ribs – good tickling time! Share that we all have skeletons inside; we just can't see ours covered up with our skin!
Fun song to sing afterwards: a slightly different version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"
Skull, jaw, and ribs and knees, ribs and knees;
Skull, jaw and ribs and knees, ribs and knees;
Cheekbones, wrist, and elbow, too;
Skull, jaw and ribs and knees, ribs and knees!
Video via the Little Brown Music Studio – Thanks, Darcie!