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I'm Growing Up: Action Songs, Singing Games, And Stories For Young Children
By West Music Company
2/9/2015 11:31:00 AM
Amidon collaborated with Mary Alice Amidon and Andy Davis to make “I’m Growing Up” a valuable resource - a book with CD and DVD combined - to give teachers of young children a wide array of tried and true movement activities for children ages 3-7. The introduction captures the meaning of this collection: "The materials in this book invite children to immediately discover ways to connect with language, their hands and feet, their imagination and with their community. In many ways these kinds of activities are essential to later development with dance, song and story. They establish the pattern of connecting ear, voice, body heart and mind in a community form of musical expression."

The collection includes music activities that reflect the rhythms of daily life such as "Wake Me, Shake Me" with its celebration of morning activities and closing songs "Bye Bye Butterfly" and “Shake Hands with Friends". We mark the seasons with songs like "A Basket of Apples", "Applesauce Rock", "Chopping Firewood" and "Seed in the Ground". Counting and rhyming are abundant in action songs like "When I Was One", a traditional song from Britain, or "Twenty Four Robbers" in its strong American off beat chanting style. We include dramatic interpretation of a nursery rhyme with characters in "Sing a Song of Sixpence". Some of the most popular and frequently requested pieces are those with contrasting sections, going between resting and moving as in "Sleeping Bunnies" or "Twinkle Blues" or "Here we go Riding our Ponies". Dances in circles and scatter formation with group singing, recitation, and dancing strengthen the sense of community while at the same time reinforcing the individual's fine and gross motor skills: from fingerplays with their compelling tiny movements interpreting little poetry gems ("Here is the boat, the golden boat that sails on the silvery sea") and full body movements of "Mi Cuerpo" or "You Put Your Right Hand In" or "My Poor Hand is Shaking".

The story games empower children to both retell and to physically act out the stories, inviting children to enter into the magical world of imagination. We have gathered our favorite pieces from our experiences with children, as our introduction states: "traditional music activities that have integrity, rhythm, singable melodies and – above all - the opportunity to participate immediately". Some of the activities are composed by living artists. Other pieces are drawn from "the vast river of anonymous creations that live in the lives of children, teachers, schools and communities." "I'm Growing Up with hopes and dreams, making my way in the world."

Tags: I'm Growing Up, Mary Alice Amidon, Andy Davis, music education, children, kids, action songs, music games, singing games, fingerplays, music stories
Categories: Kids & Movement, Music Education
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