A regular activity in Shichida class is something they call the ‘Shichida Musical’. In this activity the teacher plays a song with a theme (for example colours, or going to the zoo), and flashes flashcards to represent some key words of the song.
It’s quite interesting and as Samantha seems to enjoy it quite a lot in class, I decided to incorporate it into my home practice. There’s no way I can ever compose a song, so I made flashcards for a few nursery rhymes, children’s songs and Disney songs. I used YouTube to play the music in the background while I sing along and flash the cards as the words are sung. Here’s some examples (minus my singing)..
Incy Wincy Spider
Three Blind Mice
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
I think this is a refreshing alternative to the usual flashcard routine. Showing her flashcards instead of the YouTube clip also helps to reduce the amount of computer/television screen time Samantha is exposed to. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding screen time in children under the age of two years old.