Saturday, 23 December 2017

Rocking with 1st grade via SKYPE

I've had some amazing experiences SKYPing with schools in the USA over the last 3 years! There's nothing I find more enjoyable then playing live music to kids and what makes it even better is that I can play and sing my own songs to them! Wednesday afternoon (Thursday morning for me) was one of those magically times when I had the pleasure of playing my music to a group of 1st graders in Delaware via SKYPE.

 A big thank you to Mrs Price (Cindy) and the other teachers at Southern Elementary for having me live in their school via the internet. I was super impressed with their sound system it was like playing a stadium rock concert in the school hall!  It was a huge thrill to see the kids dancing and singing along to my songs. Hearing them cheer as I started to play The Friends of 10 was incredible! "Oh wow I love this song!"

Here is some video footage of the 1st graders singing and dancing to Dance to the Days of the Week
(Thanks Cindy for sending me the clip)

It's hard to describe the feeling I have knowing that children I have never met before from the other side of the world love my songs and know every single word. It's great to know that I am playing a small part in helping them with their learning. It is joyous and very humbling at the same time. I am so grateful that I am able to do this. The kids were great and it was wonderful to see their enthusiasm for music, learning and life. I really enjoyed our Q and A too. 1st graders ask the best questions!  The children also enjoyed listening to me read the picture book Christmas Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.
A fun picture book about a Wombat in Australia at Christmas time.

Here is my set list from the SKYPE     
1) What makes a good friend?
2) Dance to the Days of the Week
3) The Friends of 10
4) The Gingerbread Man Description song
Q and A
5) Bop Bop and count to 20
Story time
6) Get up and Dance to The Alphabet
You can check out all these song with animations on my musical educational YouTube channel Rocking Dan Teaching Man
Bop Bop and Count to 20 Live
Super fan and 1st grade teacher wearing her I think I'll just move to Australia t shirt.
I had another SKYPE sing along with Prairie Creek Elementary 1st grade in Kansas on December the 4th which was fantastic as well. Thanks Mrs Wood (Traci) for having me in your classroom.

Here we are singing What makes a good friend? 

A big thank you to all the children and teachers at Southern Elementary and Pairie Creek Elementary. You are all fantastic and it was great to be able to sing to you! 

I have a bit of time off in January for the Summer Break down here in Australia. If you are a teacher of a younger grade K-2 in the northern hemisphere and you would like to have a SKYPE sing along with me then contact me via email or social media and let's see if we can work out a time and date. I would love to hear from you. Twitter @Rockingdantm or Facebook Rocking Dan Teaching Man

Otherwise you can check out my YouTube channel and play my educational music videos for the primary classroom everyday! Rocking Dan Teaching Man on YouTube!  Don't forget to subscribe.

Until next time Rock on,
Rocking Dan Teaching Man

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