Mancala & Egg Carton Rhythms

Egg Carton

What can you do with a mancala board, an empty egg carton and a handful of colored gemstones? Teach eighth notes (of course)!  Reader Rebecca Martin recently shared this wonderful hands-on idea with me… and it was too good not to pass on to all of you.   To introduce the concept of eighth notes, she guides students through an activity where they place colored … Continue reading

(New!) Measure Cards

Measure Cards1

Want a fun new way to teach your beginning students the concepts of time signatures, measures, AND counting by measures (all at once)?  Check out this new printable card set! When I teach time signatures to young students, we use the analogy of a house… a funny house with rooms that are ALL the same size.  We lay out evenly-spaced popsicle sticks to represent the … Continue reading

PractizPal Giveaway Winner


The winner of our PractizPal Metronome giveaway is (drumroll, please)………… Comment #45: Melissa B.   Congratulations, Melissa!   I hope you and your students enjoy trying out this wonderful tool!   If you didn’t win, check out for a list of retailers where you and your students can pick up your own PractizPal.  (Note: Giveaway winner determined by random number generator at   … Continue reading