and Writing Project, and a Performance of Music and Poetry
Children are immersed in bird literature, poetry, songs, dances, and – of course – bird watching. Each child selects a bird to study and goes home with an envelope of books for family research. A week later the children return with a book they have written and illustrated about their special bird.
Bees have four wings, birds have two…
Birds of a feather flock together.
May Wind is Busy
Brushing the robin’s tail…
A few children each day present their bird report. Then they enjoy becoming the bird and dancing around the circle in the Indian Wheel song… I am the eagle. I am the eagle. Flying around the wheel.
Sing, Dance, and Dramatize: Engage Multiple Intelligences in Learning
- Enjoy a circle dance: Bluebird, bluebird, fly through my window…
- Sing and sign If I Could Be An Eagle, by Jolene Griffith.
- Dance as the Firebird (A Russian fairy tale) – The Firebird Ballet music, part 23 by Stravinsky, is magnificent! Give the children red crepe paper streamers to make large circles in the air – they will follow teacher’s movements creating images of this ballet.
- There is depth (and creativity) in the curriculum.
- Northwest Indian legends and dances become a part of the study.
- Children listen to tapes of bird songs – and learn to imitate them. Did you know that baby songbirds talk baby bird talk and babble while learning to imitate the adult bird song?
- In Joanie Cutler’s magical kindergarten children read, write, dance, and wonder about birds.
from Something Special by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers.