Eliciting spoken language from our students is one of the main goals of the teachers at Sound Beginnings. This is done through various types of learning from using technology, to hands-on learning to real life experiences and so much more.
While learning about St. Patrick’s day and leprechauns, Miss Charlotte’s class read book called, “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” by Natasha Wing. In this book the students were introduced to many new vocabulary words such as streamers, leprechauns, gold and even bagpipes (as the father in the story plays the pipes on St. Patrick’s Day morning). Most of the words and concepts were learned through art, hands on experience such as decorating the room using green streamers, and even searching for a naughty leprechaun that continued to make messes throughout the school. However, the concept behind bagpipes was hard to teach, even when watching a short video online. The students were not able to see exactly how the instrument was played.
Miss Charlotte contacted the USU Pipe Band on campus in hopes to collaborate with them to give her students a real-life experience with bagpipe music. Within the day plans were made for Ryan Moeller to visit Sound Beginnings and play for not only Miss Charlotte’s class, but the entire school! This was such an fantastic experience as the students were able to help Ryan play the pipes by squeezing the bag for him, ask him questions, and even listen to two different types of bagpipes. The vocabulary that came from Ryan’s visit was wonderful! The students guessed at what would happen when the pipes were played (they would shoot water out or even fish) and then they were all abuzz about how loud the pipes were. Ryan was amazing and even showed the students what the Highland Bagpipes sounded like from outside (they are too loud to be played indoors) and the students watched in amazement as they could still hear the music even though he was outside of the classroom with the door shut!
Real life experiences are always a fun way to teach spoken language and we can’t wait to see what type of experiences the themes for the rest of the year will bring!