129. Celebrating Earth Day in a Performance
Songs to Educate has just concluded a 12-week arts integrated exploration of the planet entitled “We Are Here”, culminating with a celebratory Earth Day performance. What better way to honor Earth Day than to celebrate the wonders of the Earth and the Solar System with a Songs to Educate curriculum based performing arts program?
When a group of Kindergarten students get together to “theaterize” the solar system, the water cycle and the human relationship with the Earth, agile young bodies and minds become learning dynamos!
At Carlos Gilbert Elementary in Santa Fe, New Mexico, learning about the home planet Earth happens through a compelling approach. Songs to Educate, a versatile education resource, just concluded a 12-week arts integrated exploration of the planet entitled “We Are Here”, culminating with a celebratory Earth Day performance.
The performance tells a story. It begins with a song called “We Are Here” which locates the human race in the Universe as a starting place. But the performance not only covers the big Universe ‘out there’, but the extraordinary universe ‘inside us’ as well. Founders of Songs To Educate, Melanie and Paul Zeir, have found that “children get the idea right away. It is not abstract to them.”
The story moves on to the Solar System with a song called “Riddle of the Planets”. Each verse in the song gives clues about a particular planet and then asks the question: “What planet am I?”. The children act out the entire Solar System in choreographed dance, singing the clues and shouting out the answers with gusto.
Then the narrative comes closer to home, arriving on planet Earth with a medley of songs. One of these tunes is entitled “The Water Cycle Story Dance”, which is arts integrated education at its core!
Imagine acting out the water cycle as water, dancing through the phases of the water cycle. Clouds, drifting across the sky, becoming rain flow into streams, then become rivers flowing into lakes and oceans, and then evaporate into clouds to begin the cycle again.
Melanie and Paul’s experience over the years has shown that children love learning this way. Arts Integrated Education brings the lessons and diagrams out of the textbooks, off the ‘smart boards’ and into life, where the student can touch it, feel it, know it!
The theatrical tribute to the Earth culminates with an evocative love song to Mother Earth entitled “Champions of Your Song”. Here the children show just how proud they are to be a defender and champion of the Earth. It is especially moving to feel what radiates from young lives who instinctively know the Earth is alive and needs human protection, care and companionship.
Children instinctively know the Earth is alive!
Songs to Educate is dedicated to activating young hearts and minds into a way of learning that ‘switches on’ multiple innate intelligences. It is ‘whole body learning’ with joy, humor and humanity!
Part of the mission of Songs to Educate is to foster arts integrated education methodology as a daily practice in schools. Toward that end teachers and parents can now download this compelling material through Songs to Educate online. The online resource is chock full of bright and relevant education songs with movement theater accompaniment video and lesson plans.
About Song To Educate:
The founders Paul and Melanie Zeir have been working directly with thousands of children since 1997 to inspire and educate through music and movement. Interactive songs with dances and lesson plans are now available online at SongsToEducate.com.
Songs To Educate provides a full supplemental library of curriculum based songs with movement accompaniment for children ages 2-12.
Songs To Educate is about loving learning and satisfying the curriculum requirements.
Services include curriculum-based performing arts programs, conference presentations, professional development, and tech support for public, independent and homeschooling environments.
Any teacher can integrate music and movement into the classroom…Songs To Educate is here to help!