By Erin Hines

Sneaky Cat Activity!

Happy Math and Music Monday!

I am LOVING this Fall weather, are you? Even though it is such a busy time of year, I love all the different activities to do as a family. And really, I always say, “busy time of year.” But when is it not busy?! Lol. This is one of the reasons why we created Math and Music Monday.   It was to give me a specific time/day or goal to do a math and music activity with the girls. I also love Mondays because then it is done for the week and it started off our week with success. Plus, we can then apply our math and music concept to other things we do during the week. If Mondays don’t work for you, that’s ok! Maybe it’s better for you before lunch on Tuesday or in the car on Thursdays. That is totally ok. Just pick a time that works for you and your family!

Fun Fact

“Music develops analytical thinking because it requires students to be creative. They don’t just regurgitate memorized facts. They have to apply those facts.” – Dr. Kevin Strother

I love this quote! This is such a great reminder on the importance of music and the superpowers music has. I am ALWAYS grateful we get to use music with what we do. It adds so much to the whole learning experience.   Not only does it make it more fun, it also requires and encourages students to be creative! I love that!

I am excited to share with you this week one of my student’s and children’s favorite songs from our Math and Music program. This song is perfect for this time of year and is definitely one your children will want to do over and over. Lol. The song is called, “Sneaky Cat!”

Step 1: Listen to the song and discuss what you hear. I had the girls close their eyes, so they would really stop and listen to what was happening in the song. Sister P loved the birds tweeting and Sister K loved the sneaky cat.

Sister P and Sister K eyes closed listening to "Sneaky Cat!"

Step 2: Time to get moving. Play the song again and move like your favorite animal in the song. Our girls love to act like the bird flying in the sky and the very sneaky cat on the ground. We also like to talk about what it means to sneak. I asked the question, “If you were going to sneak up on someone or something, would you need to be quiet or loud?” etc. Then we practice walking very quietly on our tip toes.

Sister K is the sneaky cat and Sister P is the bird.

Step 3: Wasn’t that fun! Now it’s time to look at the song a little closer and find out what is happening in the song or the form (pattern) of the song. We are going to visually illustrate/represent with our activity cards what is happening in the song. Download the activity cards below and see if you can make the form of the song too!

The Sneaky Cat card = Instrumental (no singing)

The People Singing card = Voices singing

So the form/pattern of the song is:

  Sneaky Cat           People           Sneaky Cat       People          Sneaky Cat (Instrumental)    (Voices)        (Instrumental)     (Voices)       (Instrumental)

 

Finding the form of the song.

Way to go! You have just found the form/pattern of the song! How cool is that? Before I started doing what I do, I didn’t realize there was a form to a song. Again, that is the superpower of music. Isn’t it amazing!

To complete our Math and Music Monday activity and because I love our girls’ drawings, I thought it would be fun to have them draw a picture of what they thought the sneaky cat looked like. If your children are anything like mine, they also wanted to see a photo of a “sneaky cat,” so I have included that below, just in case you need it. I think ours turned out super cute!

Sister P and Sister K's sneaky cats!

Educational Wrap up: Isn’t it amazing what children can do when given the opportunity? I am reminded of this every time we try something new with our girls. In this activity we not only did gross motor movements, visually represented the form of a song, made a pattern, talked about loud and soft, but we also had FUN!

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