“The Drum Song”

“The Drum Song” The Drum Song A few weeks ago, I was in a store when I overheard a wonderful mother-with-young-child conversation. The child was a girl who was perhaps five or six years old. She kept asking, “When are we going to go, Mom? I want to go.” And her mom said patiently, “Be […]

José-Luis Orozco

One of the highlights of my NAEYC adventure was a  wonderful session presented by the Mexican children’s performer/educator José- Luis Orozco. His latest CD,  Come Bien! Eat Right! is pictured above and can be ordered here. The session was more like a concert, except with the entire audience performing! Mr. Orozco has a very lively, […]

Reinventing the Wheels on the Bus

(This article appears in the October issue of TEMPO, the magazine of the NJ Music Educators Association.) Reinventing the Wheels on the Bus: Music Improvisation with Young Children Several years ago, I was presenting a workshop on rhythm instrument activities to a group of elementary music teachers. It was going well, the participants seemed interested […]

Animal Footsteps

Here’s a fun blog post from my publisher, Gryphon House, about how music and movement activities promote muscle development.  It includes an activity from my book “101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children,” called “Animal Footsteps.” Music Activities to Boost Language Development and More August 27, 2015 Music activities for preschoolers not only stimulate the brain […]

What Are Your Favorite Classroom Management Tips?

Wouldn’t it be nice if our circle time always looked as calm and peaceful as the teddy bears in this picture? Well, even though the young children we teach may be even cuter than teddy bears, they’re rarely as good at sitting still. Real,  human children tend to talk, kick their feet out, touch the […]

A Great Back-to-School Singing Game

“The Paw Paw Patch” Whenever I play this game, many young children (and their teachers) ask me what exactly a “pawpaw” is. Well, those odd light green fruits above? Those are pawpaws. They taste kind of like mango mixed with banana, apparently (I’ve never tasted one). Anyway, a paw paw patch is the setting for this traditional […]