Alexander at Conservatory: Movement Day

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10/5/13 – Week Six.
This week, Mr. John wasn’t here so we had a substitute teacher named Miss Lauren who was my other Conservatory teacher last year. We focused on movement this week. So, first of all, in small groups, we used our bodies to make pictures. Our teachers would say “make a nose” so my group decided to move our hands up and down in front of us to look like we were breathing in and out. Next was eyes and we put our hands up and to down to gesture us blinking. Then, we kept on doing that for about an hour. We shared our ideas for movement with each other (our eyes, nose, etc.) as a class. After break, we got together in even bigger groups and we made the eyes and the nose out of everyone’s bodies together. It was fun because we got to bend and move in funny ways to accomplish that. Finally, the entire class formed a huge group and we made a big face. Some of use were the ears, some were the mouth and some of us were the eyes and nose. Our teachers said that we had done a good job and they could see the picture of the face we were trying to make. We thought it was amazing and fun and we think we might use this in the play.
See you next week on this same blog!
Stay tuned,
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Alexander’s Fifth Week – The Human Body Rap

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9/28/13 – Week Five. This week at Conservatory, we wanted to think about what we are going to do for our play. We decided to do a rap. We looked through a few background tracks that would go with our rap about the human body. We chose one because we thought it had body sounds like hiccups and other things. Then we came up with our rapping parts by working in groups and figuring out song lyrics. Then, we shared them and our teachers collected our writing. Next week, we will probably put the words into a song. We worked a long time on creating our rap. It left a little time for a break and a game. After break, we played a game called Potion at the Party where someone is chosen to deliver secret messages. Everyone walks around and shake peoples’ hands. If the chosen person scratches your hand, you pretend to die. The purpose of this game is to learn to focus on one thing and pay close attention to what’s going on. I’m excited for our sharing and the next week of Conservatory!
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Alexander’s Fourth Week at Conservatory)

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9/21/13 – Week Four.  This week at Conservatory, the first thing we did is sit down in a big circle.  We went around the circle and described what we were feeling in one word.  I chose supercalifragilisticexpialidocious which described that I felt excited and happy.  Next, we played a game called Ghost.  First, you stand in your own space, in actors neutral, where your feet are shoulder length apart.  We closed our eyes and someone came to stand near us silently.  If you sense them standing there, you call out “Ghost!”  Then, you become the ghost.  The purpose of the game was to pay careful attention, using all of your senses except taste :), touch, and sight.  After break, we went on a journey through our imagination, going through a black room to a daisy patch.  Then, we had to write a lot about it.  We did this because we’re doing a play about the human body and today we wanted to focus on how the mind works.  We will probably use what we wrote for the play.  Join me next time for exclusive interviews with other members of the exciting Conservatory 2A!

Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter