The last type of vocal performance I introduced them to was a capella, using the group Pentatonix. Their first introduction to Pentatonix was their music video: Little Drummer Boy.
I had no idea how much my kiddos would LOVE this video and type of music. Bulldozer has asked to watch this music video at least three times a day, everyday. The kiddos have chosen parts, and acted out the song together in the living room. Dinomite is trying to make different percussion sounds with his mouth. Princess idolizes the female vocalist. Bulldozer is singing along, which is rare, because he struggles so much following voices.
Needless to say, this piece of music has been in my home and head nonstop and so The Little Drummer Boy Unit was born. Enjoy!
Little Drummer Boy Nomenclature Cards
Little Drummer Boy Mix Up
Source: I created these cards as part of a free printable pack available at the end of this post.
Little Drummer Boy Consonant Blends
Little Drummer Boy Rhyming Words
"Hay" Number Creations
Source: The number cards shown in this activity can be find at Homeschool Creations.
Little Drummer Boy Addition
A set of tanograms was given to me a while back. The set included a camel, which I thought would work for this week's activities. It's always fun to have something different on the shelves.
Baby Growth Sequence
Source: My apologies. I neglected to write down the source, when I discovered these cards, and have been unable to find them since. If anyone does know the source of these wonderful cards, pleas feel free to share.
Camel Body Parts
Source: I created this printable, separate from my Free Little Drummer Boy Printable Pack. For your free copy, click HERE.
A New Star
This is an activity from our Astronomy Unit. The kiddos will sequence the life cycle of a star, identifying each stage in the cycle. Bulldozer really likes this activity.
Source: I found this idea at Counting Coconuts. I was not able to download her document, so I created my own, exactly like what I saw. I admit, her's looks better. For your free printable, go check out Counting Coconuts.
The Travels & Events of Jesus
I wanted to somehow emphasize just how far Joseph and Mary traveled during the course of her pregnancy and also during the beginning phases of Jesus' life. The only thing I have not included in this activity is their flight to Egypt. The kiddos will match up the cards with the two locations on the map. Once they are comfortable with that, they will sequence the events on the cards.
Source: The map used in this activity can be found at www.lds.org. All information written on the cards can be found below the map. The images used for the cards can be found at www.lds.org in the Gospel Art Media Library.
How to Draw a Star
This is an activity from our Memorial Day Unit. The kiddos will practice drawing a star.
Source: These cards were created by using diagrams I found on wikihow.
Making Music with Percussion Instruments
We continue to exercise as a family.
Swaddling Baby Jesus
Last week the kiddos did really well with folding napkins, so I wanted to continue our folding ventures this week, with something a little bigger. There's nothing more fun than the practice of swaddling baby Jesus right?
A Star Design
No Room at the Inns
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That's our week! We'll be back with another unit after Christmas. For those who would like a free copy of my Little Drummer Boy Printable Pack, click below. Enjoy!