We have been having so much fun learning about the Nutcracker this month! Songs we have studied include the Overture, March, Waltz of the Snowflakes, Trepak, Mother Ginger, and Waltz of the Flowers! We took turns leading the class in showing how to keep a steady beat with the Overture. Students got to play jingle bells and egg shakers while other students marched and galloped with giant candy canes to "March". We went paper plate ice skating to the Waltz of the Snowflakes and learned two scarf routines to Trepak and Waltz of the Flowers. We also got to play with the colorful stretchy band to practice bouncing to a steady beat to Mother Ginger's song.
The version of the Nutcracker we have been studying is from the New York City Ballet with George Balachine's choreography. You can watch it for free on YouTube! My morning classes have gotten to watch some of the ending where the Prince and Marie (Clara in other tellings of the story) go to the Land of Sweets and they absolutely loved it! Feel free to add this to your list of merriment over our long winter break! Follow the link below to watch it at home! For higher resolution, I would recommend renting the video on Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes if you can find it and are willing to spend a little cash!
Paper Plate Ice Skating! Do it at home!
Do you have extra paper plates laying around? This is a super cheap way to entertain your children! Carpeting works best, but all you have to do is put some music on and slide around on paper plates. Instant fun!