So Sing Out Loud and Sing Out Clear. Everyone’s Song Is Welcome Here! | 就这样大声的唱，清晰的诵吧，给孩子们的歌声点赞！
Among many other messages of encouragement and hope, this one rings particularly true from the June 5th performance of Swamped! In this special performance, children from the toddler, Early Childhood and grades 1, 2 and 3 classes came together to perform a musical of songs about friendship and courage.
Over the course of 6 weeks the children learned several songs, dance moves, and memorized lines in order to present this very special message and musical journey to the QAIS community.
In true Montessori and IB PYP fashion, the students were able to inquire about habitat, change and development, and working together collaboratively for a common goal.
As they explored the habitat of a swamp which tied directly into the grades 1 and 2 unit of inquiry on ecosystems and habitats, students from all levels created art, engaged in drama activities related to animals and movement, and learned music from the musical focusing on melody and language.
This unique multi-age performance allowed our very youngest students (2 years old) to be part of an arts celebration with students up to 9 years old. The older students modeled performance behavior, helped to teach singing and dancing, and, together, they developed appreciation for the varied skills and unique talents of each other. Having just seen the older students perform Peter Pan, the atmosphere was ripe to build the performance skills of our younger students. The enthusiasm, joy, and delight in assuming their roles in costumes made by parents and teachers and stepping on stage into the foggy “swamp” was palpable and a true summative arts experience during our QAIS Arts Week celebrations.
The QAIS Arts Team look forward to many more collaborative performance opportunities like this in the future and thank the QAIS community for their incredible support of learning and the arts at our school!!