This week’s class was HOT. Literally! Jessie’s Centre’s A/C system wasn’t working! To cope, we moved the class from the regular room to the more open-concept hallway where we had a few fans. It was still hot, and most of the babies were rockin’ out in their diapers! As a result, I kept this class more low-energy than usual. As a group, we didn’t do too much movement, or dancing, but I took the opportunity to include a few slower paced songs and lullabies in the mix. We did get the babies moving a little with a lap ride, “The Grand Old Duke of York”, and lifted them up and down for “Flying Babies”. (That one was a favourite for sure!) Last week, I had played the song “Hot, Hot, Hot!” for the jam part of class, and this week we did it sitting down with actions for the babies – waving their arms in the air and clapping to the beat! I also did a sharing activity with a ball, rolling it back and forth around the room. This worked really well as most of the participants in this week’s group were a bit older than they were the previous weeks.
This was also the biggest group I’ve had so far this summer, which is great as it means word is getting around and more people are returning or joining in to the class! The instrument of the week this week was the African Kalimba, also known as the thumb piano, and we played a few lullabies on it together, including “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “Frere Jacques”.