Hurray for summer! If you are a teacher, it means a slightly slower schedule but many projects. My summers are filled with professional development, college classes, designing next year's classroom (I'm sure that I'll totally get it perfect riiiiiiiight before I retire.) and working on the projects I just couldn't squeeze in during the school year. Join me during June and July for Summer Project Sundays. This series of blog posts will inspire you to get started on a few projects of your own. Link up every week with your summer project blog posts and share your great ideas with others. Check out the end of this post to learn how.
A few years ago I posted about how to create Pool Noodle Ponies. Check out that post HERE to learn how to create these adorable creatures! Last summer I gained an entire herd of noodle ponies. I had been in a car accident, so I really just supervised their construction. My fabulous sister in law manned the pony factory and created them. We decided to use a western themed duct tape to bind them together. I love how that turned out!
Now that you have created a herd of noodle ponies, what can you do with them? Here are a few ideas:
1. This is the Way We Walk Our HorseYou know that song "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"? It is used as a nursery rhyme reminder of daily chores (Monday=wash the clothes, Tuesday=iron the clothes, Wednesday=mend the clothes, etc...). You may have learned this version in elementary school. Check out this link to learn about pioneer living and daily chores.
This song transforms into a perfect pool noodle pony song! Take a look at a video of some of my Kindergarteners using their ponies with this song.
This activity is usually used with several Carnival of the Animals activities. Read more about those HERE. We talk about tempo, but don't really analyze the piece. I use it more as an opportunity for them to get to hear the piece over and over in an exciting way. When we go back to listen to the pieces from CofA they really know this one!
Here's a clip from one of my classes:
There are many other ways to use the ponies in your classroom. If you've used them, I would love to hear about it or see pictures.
Share your summer projects with others. Here's what to do:
1. Grab the Summer Projects Sunday graphic below.
2. Place it with a link back to this blog in your post.
3. Add your link below.
4. Please remember that these blog posts should not be product centered, but feel free to mention any products that may work well with your summer projects.