What does waking up, thunder, freezing, building a house and putting out a fire all have in common? These were just some of the movement to music and interactive songs that students in the life skills and medically fragile classes, joined by peer buddies, at Sunset Valley Elementary recently participated in thanks to a Lee’s Summit business.
On Jan. 8, Karian Hayes of Gymboree Play and Music provided free classes to the students to engage them in developmental learning activities.
During the classes, the students had the opportunity to explore rhythm with a variety of instruments, learn new ways to move, and connect with each other through cooperation and communication to play movement games. Each of the activities featured physical-fitness skills uniquely modified to ensure that all the students would experience success with movement and music.
“The students joined in play with their peers and they worked together as a group,” reflected Jessica Abell, paraprofessional.
“All the students were totally engaged in the activities,” Nancy Byrne, paraprofessional, said about the class.
Carrie Connatser, life skills teacher, added, “It was so encouraging to see every one of my students participating with smiles and laughter.”
Student Corbin Booth enjoyed the class and shared, “I composed a piece of music.”
All the students and adults enjoyed these fun and memorable music-based activities that allowed the students to stretch their bodies and minds from Gymboree Play and Music.