In kindergarten, the students first learn the words as a speech piece. I used to use a poster to illustrate the song, but this year I used PowerPoint instead. I use the first few slides with the text and pictures to help students understand the lyrics of the song.
Next, we play a favorite little game. Students love the movement, and they love trying to "sneak" opening their eyes when "Willie" comes to get them. Usually, I reserve the role of "Willie" for myself, that way the students can't argue "But I had my eyes closed." Sometimes, I'll give the role to another student, or ask for "helpers" and they'll play with me. Either way, it is always a favorite.
We also discuss the steady beat of the song and keep it in a variety of ways while tracking the "door" icons:
This year, with my current first graders, we will extend the learning to include:
|Melodic Icons - can use with younger students to prepare mi so la|
|Melodic Icons on the Staff|
|Melodic Icons with Solfa (off the staff is also included, along with slides for introducing la|
|correct rhythmic notation on the staff|
|All together now!|