I can’t believe we’re a month on already, and I’m thinking I need to get back to playing N music in a specific sit down appreciation session…or at least playing music a lot more at home so he’s more aware of it.
This month we’ve been
The national anthem – yes, God save the Queen. N’s been coming home from school singing it. I’m not sure why although he says they’re singing it in assembly. She’s not coming to visit, and it seems a bit far in advance for her birthday in April. I don’t think I knew the National Anthem until I started at Brownies, but I suppose it’s useful to know.
The pancake song. This is a mystery to me because it was the song his class were singing for their slot in the end of term church service which I couldn’t go to. From what I saw and heard, it was celebrating pancake day, and there were actions involved. Mixing and not flipping!
There’s been a lot of ukelele* playing this month. N’s been grabbing it every chance he gets, and strumming away. Thankfully it’s not too painful to listen to, and we’ve talked about how when he’s in year one we might want to put his name down to start lessons when there’s a space. Personally I’d rather he started on a more classical instrument, and probably more orchestral based for a more well rounded and disciplined way of doing music, but I’d be happy for him to really be into any instrument if he’s going to enjoy it and stick at it. It’s been proven that studying music helps with other school work, in particular maths, and obviously the team work and self discipline as well, so it can only be a good thing.
West coast swing dancing on Youtube.
Now usually N’s viewing habits on Youtube can be summed up as the Yeo Valley farmer rap, kids playing and acting out superhero stories, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Peter Rabbit, remote control and real tractors, people playing on farming simulator, and The Wurzels. An eclectic choice. But after I went for a freestyle night of dancing at the end of last month, he wanted to see what dancing I did. Ceroc never looks quite pro, but I’ve plenty of west coast swing saved, so we watched a bit of that. Music and dancing is great for children to watch – we watched some faster dances to pop music he already knows, and some funkier more relaxed improvised dancing.
I did try to persuade him to have a dance round the room with me, but that was taking things too far for him.