We started this lesson by playing Fine* with up 2 jumps again. It came back very quickly to them. Then we played Oligon/Apostrophos. They really liked this game and it was great practice for going up and down the scale quickly. Next, I got out the interval cards as I realized that we had been under utilizing them. I noticed the week before during Parallage practice that they were going pretty slow because they had to think about what the symbols meant.
I gave them a few new interval cards so that they had a card for all of the symbols that they have learned. We each put our set in order and then we combined them with an extra set so that there were four sets mixed up together. Then I showed them how to play war (I am searching for a new name for this game). Symbols whose intervals are farthest away from ison are high and intervals at the same level tie (up 2 and down 2). This game really aided their memories. We will probably play it again next week.
This lesson made me realize that I had focused on the scale materials too much and needed to do more games with the Interval cards so that reading the intervals becomes automatic for reading the Parallage Phrases. I have been working on the Magnetic Puzzle a lot and will start putting more of those games up as we use it. Then I will shift my focus to the new Interval Playing Cards and the corresponding games [I just finished a rough draft tonight!].
I didn't add any new Parallage Phrases this week because I feel like I want them to be stronger in these phrases and symbols before going on. We covered a lot of new phrases and symbols in the Parallage Phrases in Lesson 6 and so now we really need to solidify those before going on. We are doing enough variation with games and new materials that I don't feel like they will feel like they are being stagnant.
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.