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What’s So Silly About the Very Cool Music Jam in September's That’s Silly!™?

Ask Your Budding Musician to Find Out!

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Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Introduce your favorite music maker to this mind-stretching music journey at home, in the car, or anywhere you want—and watch his skills and comprehension soar.
Inside High Five September 2018

Let your pint-size learner have a blast searching for the wonderful and very weird things in this playful That’s Silly! setting. Try these ideas to start.

Warm-up exercises

Ask your child to find the:

  • Clock you can’t tell time with
  • Ice cream that's melting
  • Pond indoors
Meet the musicians

Invite your concert-going cutie to point out each of the following performers. (Provide the names of the musical instruments. See italicized words).

  • The xylophone-playing bunny
  • The frog with the tambourine
  • The guitar-strumming elephant
  • The cat at the piano
Count everything

Counting is a must for kids who want to sing or play an instrument. Have your child scan the picture and count the following to enhance those skills now.

  • Musical notes
  • Maracas
  • Tambourines
  • Drums
  • Pianos
  • Guitars
  • Instruments in all

Next, have your tike tally these. The number of:

  • Fish
  • Sheep
  • Frogs
  • Bunnies
  • Mice
  • Alligators
  • Cats
  • Elephants
  • Animals in all
Boost curiosity and creativity

Use That’s Silly! to introduce your mini musician to percussion and other instruments.

  • Look for pictures online. Check out life-size versions of xylophones, maracas, tambourines, drums, pianos, and more.
  • Search YouTube sites for super-cool sounds, like this from a tambourine, this from a piano, and this from a drum.
  • Make your own maraca with an empty water bottle and buttons or beans. Shake to produce a sound.
Build a story together

Clearly, there’s a party underway in this illustration, but there are lots of other mini plots for little ones to unravel. Encourage your child to create a story within a story. Ask:

  • Why isn’t the mother hen sitting on her eggs?
  • Will the nest above the window tip over?
  • Will the visitor at the window come in to join the party? Where was he earlier? Where will he go next?
  • Is this gathering a get-together for a bunch of talented musicians or a birthday party for someone special? Whose birthday could it be?
  • Why is the cake untouched but the ice cream on the floor melting?
  • What song is the cat at the piano playing? Is it “Happy Birthday”—or something else?
Extend the activity

Listen to and make music together.

  • Visit a music store in your area. Eyeball the instruments. Watch a pro play, or if the store is game, let your child shake a maraca or a tambourine, or try the drums.
  • Attend a children’s concert near you. (All music works!) Invite Grandma and Grandpa to go with you, or recruit a friend who has a same-age child.
  • Help your little learner explore her musical interest. Compile a list of tunes she can listen to on demand. Expose her to different genres. Tell her that when she is older she may want to sing or learn to play a musical instrument at school or at home.

Which factor is most important to you when it comes to your child's classroom environment? Select one answer.

Parents Talk Back
Which factor is most important to you when it comes to your child's classroom environment? Select one answer.
She's with her friends.
8% (4 votes)
She's not with children who tease her.
23% (11 votes)
The teacher is creative.
67% (32 votes)
The teacher is demanding.
0% (0 votes)
She's grouped with the smartest kids in the grade.
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 48