By Erin Hines

Heart Activity!

Happy Math and Music Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. So I have to confess… I am so excited. I know that many people have mixed emotions about this month, but I TRULY LOVE IT! February is my very favorite month and time of the year. I have many reasons why this is the case, but I truly love that this month is all about LOVE. I LOVE walking in the store, any store really, that has their Valentines decorations up. It really makes me smile. I don’t mean a small smile; I mean a last day of school – out for the summer smile. Lol I realize it’s a little silly, but I have always loved it. I just love all the happy colors and hearts everywhere. I thought for this week’s blog, I would share with you some of my very favorite activities we love to do with the girls during this month.

Fun Fact

“Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.” – David Wilkerson

I found this quote and felt it’s perfect for this week’s blog and activities. When I read this quote, it reminds me of several different things. First, it reminds me of my favorite activity we do with the girls every Valentine’s Day. And, it reminds me how we not only “feel” love but actually have to (or get to) work at it each and everyday. It is so important to tell our loved ones each and every day that we love them. Which goes back to one of my very favorite activities we do with the girls . I hope they will have in their mind a picture of all the many different reasons we love them. Here is the how and what you need to do it too.

Every day, from Feb. 1st to Feb. 14th, we write on a heart a different quality we love about each girl and put it on the bathroom mirror. They love finding the new heart each day.

For this activity you will need paper (I picked Valentine’s colors), tape and scissors.

Step 1: Cut out hearts. I do this by folding the paper in half and then cut out a half of a heart. Make sure you cut near the folded side.

Step 2: Write what you love most about your loved one. I suggest pre-filling them, so you will have them ready.

Step 3: Time to hang them. We like to hang them one at a time. Adding a new one each day from Feb. 1st – Feb. 14th. The girls really love it too. They love watching it grow each day and finding the new heart.

As you can see the girls LOVE them!

The other activity I thought of when reading this quote is one of my very favorite activities we use in our Music and Math Program for teaching children about a steady beat. To me you can’t say “feel” and “love” (which makes me think of a heart) without me thinking about this activity. Lol

When we were developing this program it was important to us to explain the concepts in a way that the children could really understand and connect to. For steady beat, we like to relate it to our own personal “steady beat” that everyone has… our heart beat! Our girls still love to this day to run around the room and then have me feel their “steady beat” or their heart beating. Isn’t it amazing that we ALL have a steady beat? One way we visually represent the steady beat is with our “heart beat” card. (link below.)

I have also included our “Beat Pattern Track” to help you find and feel the steady beat. This is just a starting place… Don’t forget that most all songs have a steady beat. So be sure to pick your own favorite song and see if you can find it’s steady beat.

For other fun steady beat activities check out my blog post on Steady Beat Here  OR our Math and Music Video: Kangaroo Here. 

This activity is a good one because it not only helps students connect to, feel, and find the steady beat, it also helps with an important reading skill… tracking from left to right. Ok, so here’s the step-by-step for this activity.

Step 1: Talk with your children about a steady beat. We start by encouraging the girls to put their hand on their chest and see if they can feel their heart beating. It might take a minute, but if they can’t find theirs see if you can help them find yours.   After they find and feel it, say something like:

– “What you just felt is a steady beat!”

– “Did you know that most music has a steady beat too?”

– “The steady beat is the heart beat of the song!”

Step 2: Now it’s time to find that steady beat in the music. Start with your hand on your heart. Play the music and pat your heart to the steady beat. Once you have that down, see if you can put the beat on your head or your feet!

Sister K and Sister P put the steady beat on their head.

Step 3: Now it’s time to point to the heart beats on our steady beat card. Be sure to start on the left hand side of the page moving to the right (like you do when reading). Point to each heart: one heart = one beat. Point to each heart one time over and over moving from left to right.

For example: (Heart, Heart, Heart, Heart or 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – repeat)

Pointing to the heart beats!

These are just two of my favorite things we do in our home and in our music and math program. Be sure to follow along all month on our social media pages for more fun ideas! I hope these activities will encourage and inspire you to spread a little love in your home or school.  

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