Every now and then, when I get busy, I post a piece from the Early Elementary book I wrote, Sunny Solos. I’m busy working on some material for my middle and high school students, so I decided this is a good time to post something from my files.
My young students like to play Where Is My Soccer Ball because they can identify with the words! We play this after students have been introduced to ties in their method book. I teach the rhythm by rote at first. Then we discuss the rhythm and how a tied quarter note equals one half note. I always ask my students why didn’t I just use a half note instead of a tied quarter note. If they tell me right away that there can only be 4 beats in the measure, I know they really understand time signatures.