With the school year beginning in just a few weeks, I’ve had classroom topics on the brain. I know that calendar songs are part of the daily routine in many classrooms, so I’m adding one more to my long list of ’em.
Seven Days in a Week lists each day of the week several times throughout the song so that it helps children not only learn the names of each day, but also the order. The song also touches on the difference between weekdays and weekends. Take a listen:
This song can be used in conjunction with a “Today Is” kind of song (I have always used this one) or just as a standalone.
After working in a school for several years, I’ve heard MANY songs about the days of the week — and I know they can get old pretty quickly if you hear them every day. That’s why I’m all about revisiting topics I’ve already written songs for and providing lots of options. In my experience, using a different song to address a long-term goal can be just what a child needs to finally master it.
What are your favorite “days of the week” and other calendar songs?
My purpose for starting Listen & Learn (all the way back in 2008!) was to share my educational songs for children. Since then, I’ve posted over 150 of them — but only about 20 or so in 2011. Turns out I was so busy blogging every day that I didn’t have the time to write and record as much as I would have liked.
2012 is the year I return to my original mission: to provide musical resources on a regular basis. Every Monday, you’ll find a brand new song, which will be available for purchase along with the instrumental track and lyrics/chords.
It should come as no surprise that I’m kicking off the year with a song about the year itself, just as I did in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. I’m excited about all the possibilities that 2012 holds, which I think is reflected in this fun, upbeat tune:
I’m looking forward to writing, recording, and sharing at least 51 more songs with you in 2012! If you have any topic requests, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below. Here’s to a musical new year!
I’ll tell you what — time flies when you’re blogging on a daily basis! Before I know it, another week has gone by and it’s time to start planning next week’s posts. Two months after setting my goal of writing 365 blog posts in 2011, I’m still 100% committed.
I’m starting to develop a rotation of topics each week, including a new song, advice or answering reader questions, Listen & Learn Plus! content, and of course the usual “Friday Fave” and “Sunday Singalong” posts. Here are all 29 of my entries for February:
As I enter into month #3, I want to know: what topics haven’t I covered yet that you would like for me to address? As much as this is a personal goal, the whole point is to provide a helpful resource to YOU! Please share your comments below.
And what a month it has been! I formally announced my lofty blogging goal of writing 365 blog posts in 2011 on January 8 (after having already written 9 for the year), and have been typing away ever since.
Accountability is key for this challenge; so at the start of each new month, I’ll report my progress for the previous month. Now that it’s February, I owe you a grand total: in January, I wrote 34 blog posts. That’s one per day, plus a couple two-a-days. Here’s a list, in case you’ve missed any:
One of the unexpected benefits of my everyday blogging has been a huge increase in not only traffic to my site, but also in feedback. I’ve received more comments this month than ever before, and each time I see a Facebook “like” or “share” or Twitter “retweet”, my heart grows a little bit. Thank you all so much for that!
I can’t wait to conquer February. And if you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see me address this month, now is the time to share! I’d love for you to leave a comment below.
I know what you’re thinking…not another song about winter! Trust me, I don’t like winter any more than you do, but my students (and yours as well, most likely) need to hear about and understand it as it’s happening.
As I mentioned in the video, this is an older song that I don’t use very often these days. (Here’s my latest song about winter.) But it’s still fun to sing, and I like that it’s so short. It’s also a great one for use during songwriting activities — it’s easy to come up with additional verses.
Who else is counting the days until spring is here? As the midwest prepares for yet another winter storm, I’m assuming I’m not alone in my countdown. Stay warm, stay safe, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.
Welcome! I’m Rachel Rambach, board-certified music therapist and creator of Listen & Learn Music — educational songs and musical materials for children. I love sharing my work with you, along with my behind-the-scenes creative process, adventures in business ownership, and life as a mom of two little ones.
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