Last week Holly's school had a Spring Choral with the k-3rd graders. It was a morning performance, so in spite of being up till 4:00 am with Lyra I wanted to take Holly to school and see the show.
It was nice being up in the morning with Holly, getting ready, eating breakfast, and fun to take her to school. Though it wasn't the normal morning routine, it was school seeing her classmates. Before the show some kids ate breakfast, Holly decided to color.
The kids had been practicing for a few weeks learning the four songs they would sing, not only the words but the hand gestures too. Those I think really help the kids learn the songs, matching the motion with the words makes it easier to remember.
Holly has been telling me about the rehearsals all week and the day before after each grade practiced they all got to stay to watch the older kids preform their songs. Holly was excited to see a girl in first grade who recently presented her with a book she wrote, and some new first grade friends she met in her Wednesday fairy tale dance class. She also got to see her 3rd grade reading buddy preform.
It was nice for the kids to watch each other during rehearsals, as the auditorium was filled with parents on performance day.
Each grade sang 4 songs. The kindergarteners were so sweet. Every grade sang "This Land is your land" and as the kids got older their versions became more elaborate the older kids had more verses and their singing was much more melodic and in harmony. It was cool so see how they would get better as they got older.
The first graders sand one song where each line grew on the last so in the end the sun fed the weed that fed the snail that fed the eel that fed the shark ect..ect.. They had signs for the word in each phrase and by the end had kids holding up all 7 I think,of course these were tto help them remember all the words. Later the third graders sang a similar song but knew all the words with no prompts, very impressive. It was a super fun morning.
Here are videos of the songs the kindergarteners sang:
This land is your land:
Oats and beans and barley grow:
And finally after their last bow each Kindergardener class exits / this video is fun for Holly to watch because she gets to see every kindergardener as they walk by.