Can a Rooster Play the Drums?

Tap-a-Doodle-Doo! Can a rooster play the drums? As it turns out, Yes! Children love this very silly activity to play with their coffee can drums: Children love the word “tap-a-doodle-doo” and the other “-a-doodle-doo” words! At any rate, they always enjoy singing along with the silly words to this activity, from my book “Shake, Rattle, and Roll: […]

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“Wait For It…”

Here’s my latest article for Teachers Net Gazette! It’s all about creating an atmosphere of curiosity and excitement in the classroom. http://gazette.teachers.net/gazette/wordpress/abigail-flesch-connors/wait-for-it-a-fun-way-to-nurture-childrens-curiosity/ I’m all about encouraging children’s curiosity, so if you have any more strategies for sparking curiosity, please share them here!

A Thought for Thursday: How Should We Teach Creative Thinking? Ask a Four-Year-Old

The following article of mine originally appeared in Teacher’s Net Gazette in November 2011. How Should We Teach Creative Thinking? Ask a Four-Year-Old  By Abigail Flesch Connors Young children are the “experts” when it comes to creative thinking. Here are some tips I’ve learned from the young children I’ve taught to foster creative thinking in students […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Put Your Hands Up In The Air

“Put Your Hands Up In The Air” by Hap Palmer available on iTunes   So many children’s recordings, especially those meant for movement, are overly complicated, or just plain go too fast for young children. Instead of a fun experience, the children just feel confused or frustrated. That’s why “Put Your Hands in the Air” is one of my favorites, particularly […]

Once Upon a Monday: We’re Going on a Picnic!

We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins In this very cute, silly story, Chicken, Duck, and Goose are going on a picnic, but they can’t agree on a perfect spot for it. As they walk along searching forthat elusive “just right” location, they sing “We’re going on a picnic, we’re going on a picnic” (I […]

Fun Fun Friday: George Washington Edition

          I didn’t have any Fourth of July stories  so I’m going with George Washington – hey, he’s patriotic, right? On Presidents’ Day I like to ask my older students  (the fours and fives) if they know who George Washington was. The answers are always entertaining. Me: Does anyone know who […]