In this lesson I wanted the girls to review the scale going up and down, practice jumping up 2, and try doing ison. I asked them what game they would like to play with the Greek letter cards and they chose to play Fat Snake*. They have most of the Greek letters down now. They were each unsure of one letter but figured it out between the two of them.
After Fat Snake* we played Fine*. Instead of just going up the scale by one note, we played by going up by two notes. I put the scale in order for them to refer to as they worked (in pink cards). As we did it the first time one of them remarked, "I can't imagine knowing it so well to go fast." I thought, "yeah, it takes a lot of practice." I timed them on their third try and one did it in 11 seconds and the other in 13! They weren't even looking at the scale I had set out for them.
Next we tried out a new game that I call Jumping (for lack of a better name). We sat in a circle and laid our Ni Pa Vou cards out from left to right from ni to ni' (the apostrophe indicates it is one octave higher). My ni' overlapped with my neighbor to the right's low ni. Then I showed them the pattern by singing and pointing to the cards. I went most of the way up the scale and they didn't seem to be picking up the pattern, so I stopped and showed them the pattern explicitly. Then we did it together up and back down the scale. It still seemed a little tricky for them. We will probably try it again next week and see how it goes.
Finally we went through some of the Parallage Phrases. I had them write in the symbol for ison in some of the later phrases that still begin on ni. We used the magic notes some and they took turns trying out ison. Overall, they did pretty well with ison.
SAHM by day; ByzB curriculum developer by night. My career was in teaching: kindergarten, first grade, bilingual reading, Suzuki piano, and Music Mind Games. Now I paint icons and spend lots of time making materials on the computer. My greatest joy is directing my students in their learning. This blog documents the process and provides a space for my other ramblings as well.