Words of Wisdom for Wednesday: Zoltan Kodaly

Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this… only the best is good enough for a child.                                                    –  Zoltan Kodaly Zoltan Kodaly, the Hungarian composer and music […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Baila Baila

“Baila Baila” by Isa available on iTunes I love the Venezuelan singer Isa. Her style is fresh and fun. This is, of course, a song for dancing – “baila” means dance in Spanish. Most of the words are too difficult for children to sing along with, but every verse has a slow part that features parts of the body, such as “rodillas” […]

Once Upon a Monday: The Baby Beebee Bird

The Baby Beebee Bird  by Diane Redfield Massey This is one of my students’ all-time favorites! The little beebee bird, new to the zoo, wakes everyone up with his silly song – “Bee-bee, bobby-bobby.” I make up my own tune for this, but any tune would work, as long as it’s high-pitched and annoying! Children will be singing the bird’s […]

A Thought for Thursday: How Music Sets the Tone for Learning

  This article of mine appears in the current issue of “Teaching Young Children”: ABBY CONNORS I’m clapping to the beat as we begin music time. Soon Nyra, Mason, and Aditya are clapping, too. Sophia pats the floor to the beat. While Sophia responds to the music differently from the other children, she too is […]

What’s New Wednesday: Preschoolers Outsmart College Kids

How amazing are preschoolers? They may not have the knowledge that we do, butmaybe their flexible thinking processes could teach us a thing or two… (from ScienceDaily.com) Preschoolers can outsmart college students at figuring out gizmos Date: March 6, 2014 Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figurin g out how unusual toys and […]

Once Upon a Monday: Peepsqueak Wants a Friend

Peepsqueak Wants a Friend by Leslie Ann Clark I just discovered this story recently and my students love it! All of the other chicks in the farmyard are in 2’s (they each have a friend) but Peepsqueak is only 1. He goes off to look for a friend, telling each pair of friends (I sing this to the […]

Fun Fun Friday: Vacation Edition!

Every Friday this blog will be devoted to the wonderfully fun things young children say and do. Today: Special Vacation Edition!   Me: Where’s Marco today? Child: He’s on vacation. Other Child: No, he’s not! He’s getting married! Third Child: No, he’s not! His uncle’s getting married! First Child: Well, he’s still on vacation!   […]