Seeing as how it’s Sunday, and we have tomorrow off, and we’ve had Murphie for an exact year, as in we brought her home a year ago today, I thought I’d sing a little.
Did you know that my first graders think I’m a wonderful singer?
I’m not. Although, back in the day, when I was in 8th grade, I was in Show Choir. I’ve shared this before, but it’s still true. I had to audition and everything. Show Choir is today’s version of Glee without all of the drama. I have no clue in the entire world how I made it into Show Choir. I am thinking it was more about a numbers thing and less about my so-called talent.
For example, when we went to competitions, we had to read music. We were handed a page of musical notes and we had to hum or sing eeee or iiiii or who knows? I can’t even remember. What I do remember is totally lip synching to the page of notes so I wouldn’t screw up what the rest of the group was doing.
I don’t read music. I listen to it. I read books and blogs and Facebook while I listen to music. But I don’t read music. There is just really no point. Not really. Not when you’re in 8th grade and you made it into Show Choir only to be disappointed that you made it into the Girl’s Show Choir and not the Mixed Show Choir which was your dream because you imagined yourself and a certain boy being paired up together and falling in love and being the talk of the entire Vocal Music Community.
But I like to sing and I would die, just die, without music in my classroom. For example, we had an Awards Assembly on Friday which meant my school used my iPod for all three Awards Assemblies. Yes, that’s right. My iPod. I have a special playlist called “Awards Assemblies” because we use it just for that.
It gives our Awards Assemblies a festive flair when Celebrate or Firework or Footloose rings out in our Multi Purpose room. It’s also used as a signal for the parents to come up and take pictures of their kids. When we turn down the volume, the parents know they need to head back to their seats so we can get on with the next award. I’m telling you, the power of music.
So, as I was saying, I didn’t have my iPod on Friday for almost the entire morning.
The entire morning, I said.
And I was sad.
We had a birthday and I went off to play our special Birthday Song and guess what? I had no iPod.
We reviewed for our spelling test and I went off to play the Sight Word songs and guess what? I had no iPod.
We got the wiggles and I went off to play the Boogie Down song and guess what? I had no iPod.
Like I said, I would die if I couldn’t use music in my classroom.
And have you seen this from Heidi?