Almond Joy

What you need: Grand Staff Chart (Mrs. Noble has them), almonds, peanuts, or other similar-sized edible items

What you do:

PART 1: Ask your child to label all of the treble clef line notes, then space notes, using the “silly sentences.”  Do the same for the bass clef.  If he/she is having trouble with the labels, review them one at a time.

PART 2: Take turns spelling words on the clefs! Be sure to use words composed of the letters A-G only, such as bag, cabbage, dad, etc. Parents, don’t be afraid to misspell a word, and let your child correct it!

PART 3: Go to the piano and have your child play the bass clef line notes in order, starting with G (“gold”) in the bass clef. Say the silly sentences. Then say the bass space notes. He will be playing every other key. Repeat the process in the treble clef.

TIPS AND HELPS: Here are some new variations on the “silly sentences” which were developed by the Roberts family and KatieRose Beatovich. Feel free to use them; they incorporate some of the notes just above and below the staff, including Middle C. In addition, they correctly represent the short “a” sound (“at” versus “all), which will help with the phonetic connection.

Bass Clef Lines: Gold Buses Drive Fast At Camp; Grandma Brown Dances Friday Afternoons

Bass Clef Spaces: Finally, Adam’s Cows Eat Grass Beautifully

Treble Clef Lines:  Ed Gave Bert Droopy Fish

Treble Clef Spaces:  Father Abraham Can Eat Goodies