Kindergarteners have been learning about a piece of music called "The Carnival of the Animals" written by a French composer named Camille Saint-Saens. Saint-Saens originally composed this suite of 14 short pieces as a joke for his music Conservatory students but it has become one of his most famous works! So far, our students have learned about all of the instruments used to play each piece. They have explored creative movement for the Elephant, Hens and Roosters, Kangaroos, Aquarium, Lion, Mules, Cuckoo and more! If you play the music at home, I'm sure you'll be learning some of the moves too! In the two clips below, you can see a class practicing some mindful visualization as sea stars resting on the ocean floor. Being still and deeply listening are skills that need practice as much as moving and responding! Each child got a chance to share what they imagined as the music washed over them. In a following lesson, we explored how we can move fluidly to the phrases of the piece as if we were seaweed swaying in the tide.