Well, we completed our first full week of school! The kids and teachers are settling into routines, following school rules, and enjoying the new school year. Our focus in Music for the week was Name Games, covering safety checklists, and experiencing songs about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Name games are a great way to re-aquaint myself with all of the students after a long summer, and to get to know the new students as well. We usually sing a song and each child has a chance to hear and sing/say their name. Be sure to ask your child if he or she did a Name Game song last week!
Here at Westgate, safety is very important. Each student needs to know what to do in an emergency, no matter where they are in the building. We covered what students should do in a soft lockdown, hard lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, and relocation while in Music class. The main thing I want the students to do in any situation is to remain quiet and calm, and to listen to the teacher.
As you know, Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's speech, "I Have A Dream." To help the students understand the significance of this event, we listened to and sang several songs that were either from the civil rights era, (We Shall Not Be Moved, Free At Last, Come Go With Me to That Land), or about Dr. King himself, (I Have A Dream, A Kid Like Me). We also found that he quoted the old spiritual song "Free At Last" in his speech! Attached below is a picture of students reading the song "I Have A Dream" by Teresa Jennings of Music K-8/Plank Road Publishing.
Have a great week!
Mr. Berger ./`