“I Have an Idea!: Creating Music and Dance with Young Children”

This article is in this month’s issue of Creativity Portal. “I Have an Idea!”: Creating Music and Dance with Young Children By Abby Connors | Updated 7/3/15 From the way young children react when they see me enter their classroom for a music enrichment class, you’d think I was driving an ice cream truck with […]

“Shake, Rattle and Roll”

I’m so happy to announce the publication of my new book! ISBN: 9780876593493 Pages: 184 Publisher: Gryphon House Published: 06/01/15 Item Number: 10061 Shake, Rattle, and Roll Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning by Abigail Flesch Connors Music and movement go together like books and reading—they spread joy! It’s no secret that quiet doesn’t always […]

A Very “Handy” Action Song!

“Hold Your Hands Out” This is the time of year when some days the children are too hot from playing outside to do much moving around, but other days are rainy and stormy and the children are restless and filled with fidgetiness. Then it’s time for a fun action song!  I created this one recently […]

“Everyone Likes to Jump”

“Everyone Likes to Jump” Here’s an easy and improvisational music-and- movement activity for rainy days, or any day! Children should be standing in a circle. Jump to the beat while singing to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”:        Everyone likes to jump, jump, jump, Everyone likes to jump, jump, […]

What’s New Wednesday: Moving Together to Music Helps Young Children Be More Altruistic

Helpful bouncing babies show that moving together builds bonds from the time we learn to walk Date: June 24, 2014  Source: McMaster University Whether they march in unison, row in the same boat or dance to the same song, people who move in time with one another are more likely to bond and work together afterward. […]