A fun start for the winter session at the Redwood Shelter. There were eight children, but I was a little disappointed at first when there were only two parents. Come to find out, four kids belonged to one mother, and four to the other. And a good time was had by all. If we get another family or two of similar size we'll be happily overcrowded.
Songs included "Clap Your Hands, Now Sing 1, 2, 3", "Apples and Bananas", "Sticky Bubblegum", and "Listen to the Water". And the bag of instruments and parachute proved to be big hits. Looking forward to next week.
One of the two families from the previous week attended, then a mother and her baby came in toward the end of the class. The four children who returned remember the songs that they did last week, and enjoyed some new material. They have a way of keeping things interesting, especially when it comes to naming animals that required sound effects for "Old McDonald", like a T-rex and a yak. They also provided a challenge of trying to find rhymes for apples and oranges in "Corner Grocery Store". Other songs included "Mama Don' Allow"/"Oh When the Kids" and "What are You Wearing?". Everyone also enjoyed the Thunder Tube. Being an older group, everyone, including the mother, was very adapt at producing the louder and softer sounds.
The family that was present at the first two sessions has gone on to other things. But the other family that attended the first week was back again. And they brought friends!! So we had 4 adults and 9 children singing and carrying on. The enthusiasm from the family that had missed last week quickly spread to everyone there. We did several songs in preparation for animal week, including, "Itsy, Bitsy Spider", "Listen to the Water", "We're Going to the Zoo", and "Three Little Birds". We even had time to fulfill a request from one of the children who remembered doing "Sticky Bubblegum" the first week. With this momentum, Animal Week is going to be a blast.
We were smaller in number with only one parent and three children, but we still had lots of fun. One child was a veteran while the parent and other two children were new. After a brief geography lesson with one boy, we sang and clapped our way through songs which included "Sticky Bubblegum", "All de Nations Like Bananas", and "Corner Grocery Store". The jam session included songs "Jamaica Farewell" and "Three Little Birds" for a Caribbean flavour adding to the warmth of the class on a cold winter day.