Moscow: Muzsektor Gosizdata, 1930. Item #1600
16 pp.: sheet music, schemes. 26,5x17,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Rubbed, holes in spine and traces of glue, some soiling, pale pre-war stamps of Soviet Armenian institute of physical culture on the third and last pages, ink numbers on p.3. Otherwise good.
First edition. One of 1000 copies produced. The author used verses by Agniya Barto and music opuses by Mikhail Raukhverger.
Cover design was created by Kazan-born modernist artist Yuliya Razumovskaia (1896-1987). She studied in workshops of V. Meshkov and Ia. Tsionglinskii, then in 1913 was enrolled in the Academy of Arts for a workshop of D. Kardovskii and followed him when he was invited to VKHUTEMAS. Razumovskaia is mostly known for several Central Asian series created during a restoration expedition to Bukhara and Samarkand in the late 1920s.
The author, Totesh Babadzhan (1892-1970) developed methods of children’s education in the early socialist country. In particular, she was engaged in music education for preschoolers considering this age the most favorable for formation of a sense of rhythm. In 1919, Babadzhan headed a school of rhythmics in Odessa and later continued to work with children.
Babadzhan created and held these five games multiple times during a summer camp season. In her approach, a regular egg and spoon race should start with a rhythmic part. Children of 5-6 years old walk to the beat of a song that an educator performs. They carry a wood spoon and a wood egg separately but bang them against each other at certain times. On a signal, they stand up in a line, and then the competition begins.
Other games include hoop rolling, color game with march, throwing small balls into hoops that are hung on in the air, struggling with a common stick.
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