The week has finally arrived when the nation will assemble on their settees by 9am on Saturday 19th May, probably still bleary eyed and in our pyjamas to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and I am very much looking forward to it - it's been a long winter, they are in love and it will be beautiful to watch. But, and this is the but, and it's a big one, how do you translate a Royal Wedding into the world of the Jellybeans Music early years music classes and is it even appropriate to do so?
When William married Katherine in 2011, we celebrated the marriage in classes and shops and towns throughout the land were full of red, white and blue wonderfulness. Even very small children were aware of flags fluttering everywhere. They were desperate to hold and learn how to wave flags and the majority wore red, white and blue clothes a lot! Shops were festooned with the memorabilia of the happy couple and the nation was on tenterhooks of excitement. This time around, although we all wish them a lifetime of happiness, and I really do (especially after having been smiled at by Prince Harry in Grantham A&E once) it would seem the nation is far more relaxed about the event - the shops are not full of their faces, the flags are not flying down the streets and I haven't heard of a single street party, which begs the question, if I decide to 'theme' a week of classes around a wedding, what if anything will that mean to the children and surely the whole point of the classes is to support their developmental needs?
So, here's the deal. It's a huge 'yes' from me to the Union Jack, red, white & blue parachute for listening time where we'll be listening to the traditional nursery rhyme 'Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, where have you been'. It's an even bigger 'yes' from me to flag waving - thinking fast/slow tempos, gross motor skills, impulse control skills and we can extend the use into peek a boo time. It's even a possible 'yes' from me to heart shaped balloons on the lycra as the week goes on and wedding fever builds but this is a wedding where singing about the 5 corgis on the bed, or the wheels on the royal carriage going round and round, just doesn't feel right if I'm creating a class thinking like a toddler.
What do you think? Are you sad we won't be singing about the corgis and twirling princesses?