In the Classroom: Tap, Tap, Tapping

Anne Phillips subbed for a kindergarten class at Burnsville Elementary School. Students had been learning about the five senses and during her sub day they focused on sound. Using large washers and string they made homemade tap shoes. She instructed the kids how to tie the washers on the string – and was very impressed with how few kids needed help with this step! Then they tied the string to their shoes and went on a sound adventure. They walked down the normally quiet halls. They walked on the sidewalk and noted the sound difference. They walked on the grass and discussed why there was no sound. Later, she put on some Sheryl Crow and they danced away to “Soak Up the Sun.” The kids LOVED this activity. They wore their tap shoes all day long and eventually had to do some repairs with tape.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
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