A Thought for Thursday: Summer Resolutions

This article of mine appears in the July issue of Teachers Net Gazette. What are your summer resolutions? A Teacher’s Summer Resolutions By Abigail Flesch Connors I know! Summer isn’t resolution time! Summer is for chilling out and kicking back, not for getting all serious and resolution-y! But I have to confess, I’m a natural-born resolution-maker, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fun Fun Friday: Leopard Edition

Once I read a story about a leopard. To introduce the book, I told the children about leopards and emphasized their lovely spots. I must have said the words “leopards” and “spots” twenty times. When I started the  first page, which showed the leopard, and said “Once there was a leopard,” a little boy called […]

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 […]

Fun Fun Friday: Birthday Edition!

Birthdays bring out a lot of fun and funny comments and conversations! First child: Saturday’s my birthday! Second child: No, it isn’t! First child: Yeah it is! Second child: No, your party’s on Saturday! First Child: Then when’s my birthday? Second Child: Today!   Child: It’s my birthday today! Me: Happy Birthday! How old are you? […]

A Thought for Thursday: Creativity Boosters

This article of mine originally appeared in New Jersey Family. Creativity Boosters  By Abigail Connors When my children were preschoolers, a typical day included a “vacation” behind the living-room couch (complete with backpack “suitcases” filled with toys), my 4-year-old interviewing the cat (using her tail as a microphone), and performance art involving everything from leaves and […]

Words of Wisdom for Wednesday: William James

“I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing.” – William James The early 20th-century philosopher and psychologist William James realized the paradox of singing – that it actually helps us feel happier and increases our emotional well-being. Currently, the British researcher Graham Welch has discovered the same effect. Singing is also beneficial […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Ladybug by Frank Leto

Ladybug Frank Leto, “Time for Music 2” Available on iTunes   “Ladybug” is a sweet and simple song and fingerplay with a twist – the Latin American rhythms and instrumentation used by the musician/composer Frank Leto. This song is always a favorite. It’s playful and fun, and easy for young children to sing along with.  

Once Upon a Monday: Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda

Young children LOVE this book! This silly version of “The Three Little Pigs” has a lot of huffing and puffing for children to join in with, a familiar chant, and a super-silly surprise ending that children, adults, pigs, and wolves can all appreciate!