Animal Alphabet Search and Find Bundle

Animal Alphabet Search and Find Bundle 1

Animal Alphabet Search and Find Bundle 2

[Updated: To make it easier, all the Animal Alphabet Search & Find pages are now in two bundles. Bass B to treble G are in bundle 1, and Bass C up to A (below middle C) are in bundle 2. There are 12 pages total.]

A few weeks ago I posted about teaching preschool children how to read notes away from the piano, one note at a time. Obviously if a child has not been taught to read in school yet, they cannot learn notes by FACE or Every Good Boy Does Fine! They can’t spell! But middle C is easy to learn by sight because it is right in the middle of the grand staff. Learning one note gives students confidence that they will be able to learn all the notes!

Today I am posting a very easy bingo-type game to review middle C on the staff. Actually, I am making a several games exactly like this, with different animals, to go with the notes around middle C, so watch for them very soon.

Some teachers worry about the cost of printing their own material. I admit this can be a problem because some home printers are real ink hogs. This fall, consider charging a yearly fee for the cost of ink and paper. Parents won’t mind when they see how much using off the bench activities adds to piano lessons.

Material

  • Search and Find C (free printable from my website)
  • Magnetic bingo chips to use with a magnetic wand, or other game tokens you have on hand

Directions

  • Print the game board
  • Place bingo chips next to the game board
  • Instruct the student to find and cover all the middle C’s

Directions for other ways to use the game

  • Play using a timer and make it a game to see how fast the student can cover the middle C’s.
  • Laminate the game board or place into a sheet protector and let the students circle the middle C’s with a dry erase marker.
  • Print a copy for the student’s binder and ask the student to circle all the C’s with their favorite color crayon.
  • Hand the student note flash cards (such as the Fly Flash Cards) one at time. If the card is a C, they cover it with a bingo chip. After they see the card, they give it back so you will have enough C’s to cover them all.

Objectives

  • To learn how to visually identify middle C on the staff
  • To improve fine motor skills in the fingers by picking up the small game tokens

Ages

  • Preschool and early elementary ages

Why I like this activity

  • It is fast and easy and does not take much time in a piano lesson.
  • The C on the graphic is also the animal that I use to teach C on the keyboard.
  • Students like it.
  • The printable can be used more than one way.
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8 thoughts to “A Game to Learn Middle C

  • Robbin

    I have a 7-year-old student who is struggling mightily. These new pieces have put a smile on her face. She is a precious child, and I had been unable to figure out how to help her make progress. What would I do without your site, Susan? Thanks so much!

    • susanparadis

      Thanks for letting me know. That makes it all worthwhile!

  • Susan

    I totally agree with materials fee…. I think every teacher should consider it since it is not just the use of paper, ink and laminating materials, it’s also the time that we put into making these. Sometimes it takes me an hour to print and prepare for the day and I think parents and students don’t realize how much we put into our teaching. I’ve started to charge $35 for annual materials fee this year but I include annual tshirts with it. Also, if you buy refilled inks on ebay, it’s a lot cheaper. Since it’s the summer, I highly recommend teachers to start charging materials fee in the fall. Good luck.

    • susanparadis

      Susan H,

      Thanks for the tips!

  • Beverly Holt Guth

    Susan, as you know, I’ve used loads of your materials – thank you so much! I do charge an annual materials fee every September. This year, I’m going up from $30 to $50. When I first instituted this annual fee – years ago – I told my parents that my expenses are high because of all I do for “my kids”. But that I didn’t want to go up on their monthly tuition fee. The annual materials fee would help me out with office expenses and make it possible to keep tuition the same. I’ve never had a complaint. Kids who do sports, dance, etc. often have some special enrollment fees or equipment fees, so parents are used to it. I thought some teachers might be interested to hear how it has worked for me…..

  • barbara@skylinepiano.com

    What a great way to teach the notes. I can’t wait for all the other note printables. I have some new students that will really benefit from this game. Thanks Susan; always appreciate all that you do for piano teachers/teaching:)

  • Grace

    I find if I use toner instead of ink it lasts a long time. Besides it is a write off for tax purposes too.when it is used just for your music students. Just a thought.

    • susanparadis

      Thanks for the reminder for teachers to hold on to all of their receipts because they really add up.

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