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Welcome to the resources page for BOWLAND.
First of all, a BIG thank you for purchasing the BOWLAND BOOK. It's been a 10 year journey, and I'm very excited to be able to finally share this with you!
On this page you'll find all the props that are recommended throughout the book. These props will help you make your teaching much more fun and engaging, and will bring about wonderful results with your students.
I've used the props to introduce multi-sensory learning, and to help reinforce the skills I want my students to accomplish, and as a byproduct, I've made my teaching more lively and colorful!
All the pieces are taught by following the D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R. FRAMEWORK, a system inherent to the method, that will guide your teaching, and will provide you with many ideas on what to do and how to do it.
Don't forget that there's also an accompanying STUDENT WORKBOOK.
Your students will be able to take what they learn in the lesson and continue their learning at home through clapping activities, rhythm activities, drawing and coloring, and basic note reading activities -all specific to violin learning (not like those general music workbooks!)
LET'S CHECK OUT THE RESOURCES!
If you apply the D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R. principle to your teaching, you'll see that there´s no need to teach the notes to any of the pieces in the Bowland Book. Let the students discover the notes by themselves by using this fantastic tool, the colored musical bells.
The custom-designed PUPPETS are another wonderful way to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your teaching. Each puppet matches the corresponding bell, and represents one of the 4 strings of the violin.
The Puppets Template will work if you want to turn the making of the Puppets into an activity with your students. This template comes with an accompanying video made by our own illustrator, Izzy Bean, who will show you how you can make these simple puppets using felp or a simple cloth material.
No need to point with your hand anymore! Using this fun pointer for the Bowland Reading Component will not only help you show the rhythms, the notes, and the beat, but will allow your students to also lead the different activities.
"Eek's Concerto" is all about a cute mouse that lives in a high house. Why not let the student experience wearing these cute mouse ears while performing "Eek's Concerto." Imagine a group concert with all your little students wearing mouse ears! What could be cuter?
This Jack in the Box toy works perfectly for when your student is playing "Pop! Goes The Weasel." What could be more fun than to have the toy pop out right when they sing POP! They'll be able to experience when to play the note by understanding when the POP comes along in the music.
Wearing a bouffon hat and performing stunts in front of an imaginary king or queen while playing "The Bouffons" will add a multi-sensory component to the learning. You can even choose a soloist to wear the hat and to play a section of the piece while performing funny movements across the stage.
Use this enticingly colored drum, that really does look like a lollipop, to accompany all your movement, rhythm, and imitation activities! Not only is the lollipop drum very light to hold and carry, but the sound is very pleasant.
Have your students discover the rhythm of any of the pieces by playing this colorful floor drum. It's ideal for group classes and the vibrant graphics are very attractive to children. Play the rhythms on the drum with the hands, mallets, or sticks.
Allow your students to discover the rhythms of the pieces they're playing by using these rhythm sticks, also known as claves. Made from natural hardwood, their resounding and rich tones enhance the musical experience. Students can walk around while holding them and either play the beat or the rhythms.
Add these castanets to your pile of percussion instruments to provide the student with many different ways to experience multi-sensory learning. If you own several different percussion instruments you can, for example, divide the class into those with one type of instrument playing only when there are quarter notes, and those with another type playing only where there are 2 eighth notes. You get the idea!
Use this hole paper puncher to cut out shapes of different colors for "Mississippi Swingtime" and place them over the rhythms to represent the open string notes. Let your students choose which shapes they would like to use for each string.
These Argentine flags will be a fun addition to your teaching when your students are learning "Open String Tango." Use them as the beat-cards, use them as models for drawing and coloring Argentine flags, and include them as a tool for multi-sensory learning.
Want to have another fun way for your students to keep the beat or to play the rhythms? Using the triangle for a piece like "Sleepy Abel Song" will help your students hear the length of a half note, as the triangle continues to ring after being played.
These Hide & Seek Puppets will help you teach music in very creative ways. No need to use words when teaching forte and piano. Just have the puppet pop out of the cone for forte and hide back inside for piano.
Children love this fun piano horn instrument. It's not only easy to play, but it's fun to discover the notes to the pieces by blowing into the mouthpiece and searching for the different notes. Have your students discover the notes to "Raindrops Song."
These tiny umbrellas are great to help the students experience multi-sensory learning when playing the "Raindrops Song." They can be used as the beat-cards, or can be held while the students pretend that it's raining outside.
Want to get your students singing and having a great deal of fun doing it? Get this karaoke microphone and they probably will fight over it! Creative teachers will find ways to help their students enjoy how they learn. This microphone is the perfect tool!
When teaching the musical scale to your students, there's nothing better than to have them build a staircase with these building bricks. This multi-sensory activity will help them understand how the musical scale works, going up and down by steps. This tool is great for when your students are learning "The Monkey Song" and "The Flower Song."
If you would like the alphabet letters to be included in the building blocks, this lego alphabet truck is ideal to facilitate the learning of the musical alphabet. Your toddlers will especially love this tool, and will thoroughly enjoy putting it together to assemble the steps in the musical scale. Perfect to use for learning "The Monkey Song" and "The Flower Song."
Another fun way to help your students learn the musical alphabet is by using this great Alphabet & Numbers Foam Puzzle. Its use will allow for versatlity in your teaching as your students put the puzzle together or pull it apart, pile it up in different parts of the room, or even stand on the different letters.
This electrical tape is very handy to have around since it's perfect for building a musical staff either on the floor or on a piece of cardboard. The students can help lay out the 5 lines across an area in the room, and there! The students can play a "hop scotch" style game on the musical staff by standing or jumping either on the lines or the spaces. Great for multi-sensory learning!
Imagine having these cute butterflies created with this butterfly paper punch to use for "The Flower Song." You can place the butterflies on the beat-cards, and use them to represent rhythms. Here you have a wonderful tool to use for basic note reading activities.
Are your students playing "Beni's Song?" These doggie ears are ideal for when they're learning the song about the big doggie with a wiggly tail. Maybe your student has a doggie too? Don't forget to replace the name Beni for the name of the student's doggie!
What if your students act out the lyrics of "Leah The Cowgirl" while wearing this cowgirl hat? Given that this song is based on real life people, the students can experience being like Leah, and wearing her hat while riding through the mountains with her friends.
And not only can they wear the cowgirl hat, but they can also ride through the planes with this stick horse. Stimulate your students' imagination and have them run up and down the classroom while chasing after the coyotes and wolves.
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