3-5, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Free Music Lesson: Bate Bate Chocolate

Do your students speak Spanish? Whether they do or not, they will enjoy Bate Bate Chocolate! I have been using this with my 2-3 grades. I find it perfect for that age (and with students who speak no Spanish) because there are very few words. Out of the few words, the students usually know how… Continue reading Free Music Lesson: Bate Bate Chocolate

Elementary Music

Things I’m Doing Differently in my Second Year of Teaching

My first year of teaching was ok. A lot of people have these stories where every single day of their first year of teaching is awful and they almost quit and so on and so on. I will say that I did not hit that point until about February. That’s a pretty good time line,… Continue reading Things I’m Doing Differently in my Second Year of Teaching

Management, PBIS

An Easy (and fun!) School Wide PBIS Incentive

PBIS takes on many different shapes in today’s schools. We use it for individuals, classes, schools, etc. As part of our school’s PBIS plan, we have a school wide PBIS incentive periodically. Last year we did things once a nine weeks, this year the plan is to kick it up to once a month. For… Continue reading An Easy (and fun!) School Wide PBIS Incentive

Elementary Music, Lessons

Tips for Incorporating Social Studies in the Elementary Music Class

As music teachers, most of us try to incorporate different subjects into our classroom. Some of us may even have administrators that ask us to do this. I would do this regardless, but my administrators have expressed that they would like to see this as well. In school, social studies was one of my favorite… Continue reading Tips for Incorporating Social Studies in the Elementary Music Class

Children's Church, Lessons

Best Easter Sunday Activities for Church

I am going to be honest, I used to struggle with Easter Sunday activities so much. I never knew what lesson to do. The kids are all hyped up on sugar. It’s just kind of ridiculous. I know you are probably sitting there thinking, Becca—you talk about Jesus raising form the dead. Easter Sunday activities… Continue reading Best Easter Sunday Activities for Church

Elementary Music

Lessons from my First Semester Teaching Elementary Music

The week before Christmas break was hectic. It included my first PTA performance, my first field trip, eight parties for good behavior, 43 Christmas sing alongs, three songs sung in front of the church (twice!), a church Christmas party, one dress rehearsal, and two concerts. And that is not to mention the actual teaching part… Continue reading Lessons from my First Semester Teaching Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Organization

Tips for Keeping on Top of Lesson Planning

Lesson planning. AKA the bane of most teachers’ existence. I cannot wait until I have taught for a while, so that I will have more lesson ideas. Sometimes I feel so stuck for fun lesson ideas, and it seems to take me forever to write a lesson. Because I sometimes find it difficult, I have… Continue reading Tips for Keeping on Top of Lesson Planning

Children's Church, Games

My Kids’ Favorite Church Games

We’re moving! I am splitting up the church lessons and the music lessons! You can continue reading this post, but future posts will be housed on BeccasBibleClass.com We play a lot of Children’s Church games. We always have one or two games at the beginning of the class, and a few at the end. Why… Continue reading My Kids’ Favorite Church Games

Children's Church, Management, Organization

How to Structure Children’s Church in 6 Easy Steps

We’re moving! I am splitting up the church lessons and the music lessons! You can continue reading this post, but future posts will be housed on BeccasBibleClass.com Kids need structure. All kids need structure. The less they seem to want it, the more they need it. Structure is the key to running your Children’s Church… Continue reading How to Structure Children’s Church in 6 Easy Steps

Elementary Music, Management

Questions to Ask Yourself When the Class is Off the Chain

You know what I mean. Some days it may seem like they are completely crazy as soon as they walk in the room. Talking, getting out of their seats, making fun of each other…. etc. Sometimes it has an obvious cause: fire drill, pep rally, the day before Christmas break. But what if it does… Continue reading Questions to Ask Yourself When the Class is Off the Chain