It's warm again! Time to plant gardens, dust off the bike, and spend some time in the park. Take the time to teach about the importance of staying active and eating healthily.
Plant a vegetable garden that the whole family maintains.
It's worth the work after you've tasted food you've
Going somewhere close by? Take a bike ride instead of the car.
(Be sure you're familiar with bike safety and traffic rules.)....
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No matter what you plan on doing to enjoy the weather, let music be part of your day. See our songs about gardening, safety, action and movement, food and nutrition, weather and animal songs lyric pages.
March is reading month!
Reading does not have to be quiet or boring. In fact, we believe that reading can be exciting. Readers' Theater, musical plays, and songs about classic children's books are all activities that get the whole class involed and excited about reading.
Here's why we love Readers' Theater and Musical Plays:
1. They provide repeated reading practice without memorization of lines - which is an important factor for building fluency.
2. They build confidence in both reading and performing in front of a small group. Students are so thrilled at their newfound skills that they ask to perform for younger classes.
3. The plays fit into different curriculum requirements and are available for all different subjects, not just the language arts.
4. There isn't just one star of the show. Everyone can have an equal amount of time in the play and equal importance.
5. No costumes or props are needed, but can be used if you like.
6. They're funny! Both adults and children will find them entertaining. Children are encouraged to "ham up" their lines and embrace their characters.
We offer a nice selection of Readers' Theater Scripts, Musical Plays, and Children's Literature Songs for all different subjects. Remember to keep the atmosphere casual. The goal is to have fun and learn at the same time.
Back-to-school time is certainly on our minds... even in the United States Congress!
In an effort to promote better nutrition for our children, the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill increasing school lunch budgets by $4.5 billion. This piece of legislation is the first increase of its kind since 1973.
Along with an overhaul of school lunch menus, school vending machine contents will also get a make-over. The goal is to increase the quality of all foods offered at school. With one in three children in the United States now considered overweight or obese, readily available healthy food in schools will benefit our children.
Let's hope that Mystery Meat Mondays will become a thing of the past. Packed lunches are often the healthier route, but only if the food that’s packed is healthy and it doesn’t get traded for junk food. (We all did it!) Fruits and veggies seem to taste a lot better when one is involved in the preparation. Spend some time with your child cutting and packing produce or baking healthy treats. Everybody wins!
Our Food and Nutrition Songs offer an excellent springboard for teaching about healthy foods.
Listen to a short clip from Tickle Tune Typhoon's Vega Boogie in the audio player below.Play Audio:
The animal kingdom is so complex, there really isn’t a limit to the educational opportunities it has to offer. Animals are the perfect way to introduce children to biology, ecology, even sociology!
Sure, The Fox doesn’t seem like a gateway song, but it talks about the food chain, habitats, and how humans have viewed foxes in the past.
Songs about animals offer great ways to get children asking questions. Go ahead and talk about the animals in the song and what you know about them.
- What are the differences between foxes and dogs?
- What would you like to know more about these animals?
- Is there a fox at the local zoo?
- How are foxes (ducks, geese...) represented in literature?
If your child has a particular fondness of a certain animal or environment, use it in as many subjects as possible. Animals aren’t limited to science by any means.
A day at the zoo will make all of the animals seen in books and on TV real. Elephants are huge in person! It takes seeing one up close to realize how big an elephant is. Books like Curious George Visits the Zoo, An A to Z Walk In the Park, and Good Night, Gorilla are fun to read before a zoo outing.
Research projects for older children also gain meaning when they can see animals in person.
You don't have to look very far for wildlife. Playgrounds and backyards have their own little ecosystems, too. Chickadees may not be as exciting as Scarlet Macaws but they are still appealing to children. Let's not forget that every animal has a place in this world.
You never know; something as simple as a folk song could inspire a lifelong love for the animal kingdom. See our Animal Songs collection for a little inspiration.
Pack your bags and grab your favorite harmonica, it’s camping season!
The best part of camping is making s’mores, of course, but the second best part of camping is singing campfire songs.
Douse yourself in bug spray and take a deep breath of that crisp clean forest air. Imagine the earthy smell of campfire smoke wafting under your nose and feel the cool grass beneath your toes. The stars have just woken up and the sky is still has a pink afterglow. Dodge the marshmallow your little sister threw at you. Crickets are singing their nightly chorus and the spring peepers join in. This moment right here, this is summer.
Now that you’re in your happy place and I have your attention, please grab an acoustic guitar (or a musical friend) and learn these songs for your next camping trip. These songs are even great in the car on the way to a camping trip.
The great thing about camp songs is that they are often sung in rounds, have interactive parts, hand motions, and silly lyrics so even those reluctant to participate will crack a smile after a few minutes.
Maybe you’re like me and completely, utterly, hopelessly a lost cause when it comes to singing. No worries! Campfire songs are not known for their difficulty and many can be lyrically spoken like “Going on a Bear Hunt.” No excuses. Everyone can enjoy a little Kumbayah or Down by the Riverside.
Don’t forget the scary stories either. Songs, stories, and s’mores are the essentials of every camping trip.
We've prepared a Free Downloadable Lyrics Book with Campfire Songs you can print out for summer singing fun.