[UPDATED: Both versions are included in the file.]
I wanted a Mother’s Day activity for my students in Level 1, so I modified the my pre-reading Mother’s Day activity. While it may look similar to the one I posted a few days ago, because I reused my flowers and graphics, I wrote a new tune especially for this activity. This time I used steps and skips and two measures of hands together playing that is often a challenge at this level.
I call these measures the “tricky bits” and we learn them first, hands separate. Then we play measure 3 and 4 hands together, but not on the keys. We play them in the air, on the fall board, on our arm or leg, and any other way that strikes our fancy. By the time we finally get around to playing it on the piano, it is so firmly in the student’s muscle memory that the tricky bits become the “easy bits”. If they need a little more practice hands together, we start at the bottom of the keyboard and play going up or down in all the octaves. This takes a while, but it pays off when they get home. Students are more likely to practice if they have already worked out the “tricky bits.”