Bari Koral – Songs for Young Children

A year or two ago I discovered the music of Bari Koral. I’m always so excited when I hear children’s music that I know my students will love! I couldn’t wait to bring Koral’s music to my music classes, and my students loved her songs right away. I’ve mentioned at least one of Koral’s songs […]

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April Showers 2.0

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. But here in New Jersey, the rain, in blatant disregard of both the calendar and corny old sayings, is still falling. No one’s a big fan of bad weather, but I’d argue that it’s particularly annoying for preschool teachers. Young children need to get outside every […]

Super Simple Learning

At NAEYC (I can’t believe it was almost a month ago!) I met Sara, the community manager for Super Simple Learning. I was so excited! I’ve used songs from Super Simple Learning for years,  especially with children age three and younger, though not always. I first discovered them while browsing through YouTube, where I came upon their […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young Children Need These ACTIVE Music Activities!

This article of mine is in this month’s issue of “Teachers Net Gazette.” Young Children Need These ACTIVE Music Activities! By Abigail Flesch Connors Includes 2 unique, upbeat and engaging active music activities you can easily adapt to your classroom or music program! From the author’s latest book, Shake, Rattle and Roll! Rhythm Instruments and […]