Every once in awhile, I find a prop that makes my music teaching heart soar. The stretchy band made by Bear Paw Creek is just the ticket.
In fact, I like it so much that I’m holding a contest with Janet Stephens, the owner of Bear Paw Creek. One lucky winner will receive a Bear Paw Creek stretchy band AND one physical or digital download of my Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! Volume 1 CD. You are invited to choose the format of your choice – physical or digital. More about this in a minute.
I first learned about the stretchy band from my good friend and colleague Miss Carole of Macaroni Soup. Carole is a masterful Early Childhood music teacher. If she says something works, I take her word for it.
I’ve used the stretchy band with GREAT success in my music classroom teaching and in the workshops I conduct with music and classroom teachers on using music for Early Childhood skill development.
What is the stretchy band? According to the Bear Paw Creek website, it is a creative movement prop for music and movement, community building, body and spacial awareness, teaching rhythm, music, and FUN!
I most recently shared the band at Hava Nashira 2017, one of the Osrui retreat offerings, while I was teaching an Orff workshop. After Hava Nashira was over, I posted the videos to Youtube – here and here. The first song is a Hebrew song called Bim Bom. The second song is the well-known Wheels on the Bus, taught to us during my workshop by Lisa Baydush – Lisa learned it from Miss Carole!
Why do I LOVE the Bear Paw Creek’s stretchy band for teaching music? Here are just a few of my reasons.
Are you ready to enter the contest to win a Bear Paw Creek stretchy band and Ellen Allard’s Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it Volume 1 CD (you can choose physical or digital download)? The winner will be chosen on Oct. 31, 2017 and announced on Nov. 1, 2017. Here are the contest rules:
Good luck!!! I’m excited!!! I love contests!!!