Sunday, March 20, 2011

Abstract Class

 I have been musing over how to teach my kindergartener about emotions, controlling them, but without talking about it directly too much. (Because frankly, when I start to talk, he glazes over and starts to think about dolphin pillow pets.)  My first goal was to work with color, abstractly.

I set out all the markers, and navigated to the iTunes store on my computer. I then turned on a sampling of music - all kinds of music - and asked him to draw how the songs made him feel. (iTunes store song samples are the perfect length for this activity - about a minute and a half).  One full sketchbook page for each song. I did say I wanted to see all kinds of shapes and lines and that the lines did not have to be anything other than lines. Not a new trick, for sure, but a good one.

The unintended bonus was that he literally danced as he drew. So funny.

Our songs included:

I will survive
Nature Sounds - Thunderstorms
Ode to Joy
Groove is in the heart
Nature Sounds - Dolphins
Monster Mash
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - IZ
Moonlight Sonata
Like a Prayer
Mad About You
Take a Chance on Me


Christina said...

You made me laugh out loud with the glazes over and thinks about pillow pets part. This is a great idea. My kindergartener needs this. I think most of his "trouble" comes from not know how to express his emotions in a socially acceptable way.

John and Becky said...

What a cute kid! I would have liked to see him dance when he was doing this :)

jodi said...

I'm impressed that you thought of doing this. You are the perfect parents for him!

Crafty Mama said...

This is so good. I've heard that boys need more support developing their emotional intelligence. Love the song list!