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Group Time October 19 & 20

We completed our maracas this week. The children painted the maracas while listening to a steel drum band.  It was wonderful to see the children put so much thought into the decoration of their instruments.  After we finished, we continued with learning about beat and rhythm using the tune "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Tapping the tune on our noses.
This unit is coming to an end as next week is our summative week.

The finished product.


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