By the way, you might be wondering about the weird numbering system I am using for the Jungle Posts at the moment. That’s because I am trying to get at least 100 posts up this year, to make up for the random and sporadic posting of the last year.
Now, about these Paper Chime bars. That’s a way around the situation when you are trying to teach year 1 and 2 to read pitch notation, and you have a class of 30, and only 5 sets of chime bars.
So, I sorted the children into 5 groups (well, actually, the teacher did it, see previous post for method!) and sat them down in their rows. I handed each child a piece of paper with two chime bars drawn on it, labelled C and D, and started with the lesson. (I say “pictures”; actually I just drew two vertical rectangles, the left hand one slightly larger, labelled “C” and the right one labelled “D”. You can fit two pictures to an A4 sheet, photocopy them, cut them and be ready for action in just a few minutes),
When they were reading C and D from flash cards without any hesitation, I passed a pair of chime bars and a beater to the child in the front row, and instructed them to put the bars on top of the pictures (that way they get them the right way round from the beginning). Then we went through the cards again, passing the chime bars back down the row after two cards.
The children seemed happy enough to play paper chime bars while waiting for their turn, and it certainly made for a quieter lesson. That school has bought another five sets of chime bars which should be there ready for the next lesson. We’ll still be using paper chime bars though to begin with.