Sunday, 2 November 2014

Spook song meeting

On Friday we sang spooking songs and told spooky stories in the morning... we usually have a songmeeting on Friday mornings where all the children in the whole preschool meet together and sing and enjoy each other's company. Sometimes we use the projector, sometimes we sit in a ring, sometimes we get moving to a action CD for dance and movement...

Today we celebrated halloween...

I started with both sheets of mosquito netting down... and even though this is the most fun and most special effect, it also makes the reading of words quite difficult... and since some of the songs were familiar songs with new spooking words, it was essential the teachers could read to be able to support the children discover these new songs... all new songs were sung at least twice... once for the children to hear, and a second time to sing together...

For a while both sheets of netting were down for the children to interact with the images... I folded one up for when the song meeting started... so we could have the best of both worlds...

I did take photos of how they are attached to the ceiling, but they did not turn out very well... so I will have to take new ones I get back to you...

 It was fun to watch my colleagues... this was something that amazed the adults just as much and they too wanted to play and interact with the light and images...

Quickly though the children took charge of the space - the second sheet of netting was dropped down so that it was more of a sensory exploration. It really did look like the ghost were flying around the room... the ghosts are a part of a ghost story and colours... might just include that as another post, so that others can use it too...

 As you can see with two layers the writing is quite tricky to read, although fairly managable when not in movement... but one layer was enough to create a fascinating and spooky atmosphere when the children were sitting at the song meeting.

I love these kind of activities where children and adults can marvel together. A very clear example of David Hawkin's I Thou It... were the children and teachers are equally fascinated over the experience and the learning that can happen here.

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