Hello! I've gone against one of my general rules, and I've taken on a 4yo (almost 5yo) student. I used to do a lot of early years work early on in my teaching career but I mostly work with teenagers and adults these days. They have an older daughter who I'm also teaching so that's why I agreed to teach the little brother too.
He's worked through the dogs and birds book 1 with his previous teacher, and when we had our first lesson he didn't want to engage with any of the books I usually work from so I suggested the parents buy book 2 of the series. When he came for his lesson this week, the book hadn't arrived but the dad said he thought he should have a break from reading as he's done a lot of it, so perhaps I can just do something "fun" in the lesson. It was a bit tricky for me to plan a lesson on the spot, as in my lesson prep in the week I had spent my time familiarising myself with the dogs and birds method, which was totally new to me!
I'm feeling a bit lost, because I was to make the lesson an enjoyable experience all round but I'm not sure where to go from here. I've got two small children and I don't find it hard to relate to preschool aged kids but my instinct tells me that this little boy isn't quite ready for lessons and I'm not sure what the parents are expecting of me. In any case, I wanted to give it one last shot before speaking to them about this and I was wondering if anyone has any material they could recommend, for games or books that focus on the aural side of learning, clapping and singing style formats/general musicianship for the very young?