It was small group today with two moms and two small children, one being only a couple of days old and the other being just over one year old. However the energy was extremely positive and the moms sang out which lent itself nicely to creating some great moments.
The one year old child was extremely interested in the guitar today and I gave her some time at the beginning of class to run her fingers along the strings. She had been away last week due to illness and it was as if having the week off allowed for the learning to really sink in as she was the STAR of the show today. She was dancing, clapping and vocalizing to virtually every single song. Her mom even took some videos because it was so exciting to see! It is moments like this where everyone is group can SEE the difference music makes in the life of a child. She had been grumpy all day and as soon as we all began singing her demeanor completely changed. We sang through tons of material; Roly Poly, Mr. Sun, One Button Two Button, I Wake Up My Hands, Sitting In My Highchair, The Wheels On The Bus, Row Row Row Your Boat, The Crocodile Song, The Turtle Chant, Little Green Frog, Three Green And Speckled Frogs, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Flea Song, Old MacDonald, The Rooster Song, Horsey Horsey and Elephants Have Wrinkles.
We also took some time to Roll The Ball which gave the one year old a couple turns in a row (to her delight!). She was VERY interested in the jam bag so I helped her pull it into the middle of the room and we sang through a couple more animal songs together; Three Little Birds, Rockin Robin and Going To The Zoo. We finished with the parachute going up and down slowly to Blackbird, laying the little ones down on their backs so they could look up at all the colours.
It felt like an extremely special class because of the relationship I was able to solidify with the one mom in particular. She has been coming week after week and I was happy that she was able to see the MAGIC that is MUSIC! I left class with both a smile on my face and in my heart. Looking forward to next week!