KG1 Music

Creative Curriculum

Overview

ACS uses Teaching Strategies' Creative Curriculum as a foundation on which to develop a child-centered, inquiry-based early childhood program.

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning.

The Foundation helps teachers create a high-quality learning environment and build a thorough understanding of best practices. Daily Resources help teachers plan and manage every moment of their day. Through studies, which are hands-on, project-based investigations, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool helps teachers build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes.

The Creative Curriculum units are designed to ensure students are provided with ample opportunities to develop their understanding, knowledge, and skills. Teachers ensure they are meeting individual needs and providing the appropriate developmental challenge for each learner.

The Objectives

The 38 research-based objectives are at the heart of the Creative Curriculum. They define the path teachers take with the children in their classroom.

They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

The objectives for development and learning span from birth through third grade. They enable teachers to see children’s development and learning along a progression across the whole of the early childhood years.

The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Many objectives also include dimensions that guide teachers’ thinking about various aspects of that objective and help clarify what it addresses.

https://teachingstrategies.com/our-approach/our-38-objectives/

Music and Movement

Objectives

  • Explores musical concepts and expression
  • Explores dance and movement concepts

Cognitive

Objectives

  • Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    • Attends and engages
    • Persists
    • Solves problems
    • Shows curiosity and motivation
    • Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking
  • Remembers and connects experiences
    • Recognizes and recalls
    • Makes connections
  • Uses classification skills
  • Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
    • Thinks symbolically
    • Engages in socio-dramatic play

Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In KG1 these standards guide the development of the music program. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting.

First Steps in Music Unit 1

Unit Sketch

The purpose of this unit is to enhance music literacy through play.

Pitch Exploration

Instrumental Glissandos - Slide Whistle

The Ice Cream Sundae - Card

Whale Sounds - Kit

Song Fragments

No More Pie

Johnny on the Woodpile

My Aunt Came Back

Simple Songs

Frog in the Meadow

Pitter, Patter

Arioso "I speak like this, I sing like this"

Teacher demonstrates

Neutral syllable conversations between teacher and child

Teacher and children sing their names

Movement Exploration

Theme 1: Awareness of Body Parts & Whole

  • 1: 1 Whole Body Movement

Theme 2: Awareness of Time

  • 2.1: Quick and Slow Movement

Theme 3: Awareness of Space

  • 3.1: Personal Space and General Space

Theme 4: Awareness of Levels

  • 4. 1: High/Middle/Low

Theme 5: Awareness of Weight

  • 5.1: Heavy/Light

Theme 6: Awareness of Locomotion

Theme 7: Awareness of Flow

  • 7. 1: Sudden/Sustained

Theme 8: Awareness of Shape

  • 8.1: Becoming Shapes

Theme 9: Awareness of Others

  • 9.1: Partners

Theme 10: Student Created Movement

  • 10:1: Representative Movement

Movement for Form and Expression - Fingerplays

Chop, Chop, Chippity Chop

Five Little Ladies

Two Little Blackbirds

Eensy Weensy Spider

Movement for Form and Expression with Classical Music

Move It! #2

Move It! #3

Move It #1

Beat Motions - Child Initiated/Teacher Initiated

Listen, Listen (with Tambourine)

Engine, Engine (with Sandblocks)

Ali Baba

Aiken Drum

Beat Motions with Classical Music

Keeping the Beat #19

Keeping the Beat #20

Keeping the Beat #21

SongTales

Had a Little Rooster

Over in the Meadow

There Was a Man and He Was Mad

First Steps in Music Unit 2

Unit Sketch

The purpose of this unit is to enhance music literacy through play

Pitch Exploration

Instrumental Glissandos - (Siren Whistle) (kit)

Toys That Move (Propeller on a Stick) (kit)

Pathway Cards

Song Fragments

Bill Grogen's Goat

Down by the Bay

Wise Old Owl

Simple Songs

Johnny Had One Friend

Fais Dodo

Arioso "I speak like this, I sing like this"

Teacher demonstrates

Neutral syllable conversations between teacher and child

Teacher and children sing the names of their family

Movement Exploration

(See The Book of Movement Exploration)

Theme 1: Awareness of Body Parts & Whole

  • 1.2: Isolated Body Parts

Theme 2: Awareness of Time

  • 2.2: Clock Time

Theme 3: Awareness of Space

  • 3.2: Direct/Indirect Pathway (Straight/Twisted)

Theme 4: Awareness of Levels

  • 4.1: High/Middle/Low

Theme 5: Awareness of Weight

  • 5.2: Strong/Gentle

Theme 6: Awareness of Locomotion

Theme 7: Awareness of Flow

  • 7.2: Sequential/Simultaneous

Theme 8: Awareness of Shape

  • 8.1: Becoming Shapes

Theme 9: Awareness of Others

  • 9.2: Groups

Theme 10: Student Created Movement

  • 10:2: Non-Representative Movement

Movement for Form and Expression - Fingerplays

Grandma's Glasses

A Ram Sam Sam

Three Little Monkeys

Here's a Nest

Movement for Form and Expression with Classical Music

Move It! #3

Move It! #4

Move It #5

Beat Motions - Child Initiated/Teacher Initiated

Frog in the Meadow (with guiro)

Bling, Blang

Cobbler, Cobbler

Hickory, Dickory, Dock (with woodblock)

Beat Motions with Classical Music

Keeping the Beat #22

Keeping the Beat #23

Keeping the Beat #24

SongTales

Jennie Jenkins

Father Grumble

The Tailor and the Mouse

First Steps in Music Unit 3

Unit Sketch

Pitch Exploration

The Airplane Ride (card)

Instrumental Glissandos (Slide Whistle) (kit)

Toys That Move (Spinner Toy) (kit)

Song Fragments

In The Woods (cards)

I Met a Bear

Sea Lion

Simple Songs

Peep Squirrel

Au Clair de la Lune/Pierrot (In the Evening Moonlight)

Arioso "I speak like this, I sing like this"

Teacher demonstrates

Neutral syllable conversations between teacher and child

Teacher and children sing the names of their family

Movement Exploration

(See The Book of Movement Exploration)

Theme 1: Awareness of Body Parts & Whole

  • 1.3: Leading with a Part

Theme 2: Awareness of Time

  • 2.1: Quick and Slow Movement

Theme 3: Awareness of Space

  • 3.3: Inward Movement (narrow)

Theme 4: Awareness of Levels

  • 4.1: High/Middle/Low

Theme 5: Awareness of Weight

  • 5.3: Tense/Relaxed

Theme 6: Awareness of Locomotion

Theme 7: Awareness of Flow

  • 7.3: Bound/Free

Theme 8: Awareness of Shape

  • 8.1: Becoming Shapes

Theme 9: Awareness of Others

  • 9.1: Partners

Theme 10: Student Created Movement

  • 10:1: Representative Movement

Movement for Form and Expression - Fingerplays

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

There Was a Little Turtle

A Pumpkin for the Pie

A Tisket, a Tasket

Movement for Form and Expression with Classical Music

Move It! #5

Move It! #6

Move It #7

Beat Motions - Child Initiated/Teacher Initiated

William He Had Seven Sons (with autoharp)

Johnny Works with One Hammer

Do, Do Pity My Case

All "Round the Brickyard

Beat Motions with Classical Music

Keeping the Beat #25

Keeping the Beat #26

Keeping the Beat #27

SongTales

Had a Little Rooster

Over in the Meadow

There Was a Man and He Was Mad

The Old Woman and the Pig

Kitty Alone

Momma, Buy Me a China Doll