February 2009

You’ve Hit Your Songwriting Stride When…

February 26, 2009

…you’re in the middle of a session with a student, and out of your mouth (and guitar) comes a complete song about playing the tambourine, perfect rhymes and all. I realized when Ryan reached “instruments” on his schedule that I hadn’t planned a song to sing while he played, preferably one that worked on directions […]

What to Wear, What to Wear

February 25, 2009

It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but one of the hardest parts of my day is picking out an outfit to wear. I always second guess myself…did I just wear this? Is this too spring-ish? Does this shirt even fit? This daily dilemma got me to thinking: it’s probably a little overwhelming for kids when […]

Off To School Today

February 23, 2009

It’s Monday, and you know what that means. Time for school! No shortened week this time around, but next Monday is Casmir Pulaski Day…which means another day off :) Until then, let’s talk about the song I have for you today. It is all about going to school – when we go, how we get […]

Friday Fave: Blue Snowball Microphone

February 20, 2009

TGIF! This week flew by, and trust me, I don’t say that very often. I guess it didn’t hurt that Monday was a holiday :) Nonetheless, it’s Friday and you know what that means – it’s time for Friday Faves! I’m often asked what type of equipment I use to record my songs. Since I […]

Under, Over, In and Out

February 18, 2009

Ahh, prepositions. They are something we all learn at one point or another, and as educators, we have the responsibility of making sure our students understand them. There are so many, but I chose just four of the most commonly used prepositions to include in this particular song. Something important to remember about teaching prepositions: […]

What’s In a Name?

February 16, 2009

Happy Sunday! It’s been a great weekend…we picked out paint colors for the new house, did some more furniture shopping, and had a relaxing Valentine’s Day together. And thanks to Presidents’ Day, I have a bonus day tomorrow to get some more packing done. I am counting down the days until we are in the […]


February 13, 2009

The title of this song is funny, and there seems to be a plethora of spellings to choose from, but one thing is for sure: if you grew up in the 80s watching Nickelodeon, you can sing the words and probably even do the hand motions, too. I started singing this song along with Sharon, […]

Ten Little Hearts

February 11, 2009

It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day, so I have a few love-ly songs on tap just for this occasion. The first one is part of my monthly “Counting Time” series, which features the same basic song, with a different seasonal item to count. This month, we are counting hearts, of course! Counting time, it’s counting […]

Is Your Mama a Llama?

February 10, 2009

Does this book look familiar? It sure does to most of the little ones I know. Is Your Mama a Llama? is a favorite both at home and in the classroom, and it has become one of my go-to stories. It’s easier than you’d think to set a story like this to music. As long […]

Friday Fave: Jingle Sticks

February 6, 2009

See this yellow beauty right here? I have fifteen more where that came from, and it has quickly become my most popular instrument among the students of the Hope Institute. They are a relatively new acquisition; I received them just in time for the Christmas season to be over…they would have been the perfect accompaniment […]

When the Saints Go Marching In

February 5, 2009

When I’m not composing original songs, you can bet I’m writing new lyrics for existing songs that are familiar and well-liked. I’m shared many of these songs in the past, and today I have a new one for you. Last month as I was brainstorming songs that might work as accompaniment to a drumming activity, […]

Month Song Makeovers

February 5, 2009

Good evening! I just received this email from Kim, a loyal reader and supporter of Listen & Learn. She has some great ideas for the January and February month songs, and I just had to pass them along to you: “You know what a fan I am of your month songs, so I thought I’d […]

February…and Football

February 2, 2009

Good evening! And happy February to you, too. Not only is today the start of a brand new month, but it is also Superbowl Sunday. Though I’m not a football fan, I have indulged my husband by feigning interest in the game :) Sundays are always busy for me, and today was no exception. After […]

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