I use glow sticks (conducting), paper plates (mini), rhythm sticks, and scarves for movement and sensory experiences. Scroll down for samples from my files for the maps I use.
When you trace a music map, like conducting the gestures, you internalize the feeling and the shape of the phrase. The children get to see this map. Don’t let the children sing until they have heard you sing it multiple times. You can ask, “What words go here?” and let them fill in. You can use it as an experience or as a teaching song.
When you use body extenders (such as paper plates, rhythm sticks, or scarves), you don’t let the children see the map. You want them to follow you! I usually have the sequence from memory or put it on a music stand or pulpit in front of me so I follow it and the children follow me.
All of the music maps are my own creations except for Joy to the World.
The Holy Ghost Music Map Below
Miracle, The (Verse music map below)
“Give,” Said The Little Stream
I Lived in Heaven Scarf Pattern