by Rachel | Jan 29, 2012
This song is an oldie, but honestly, it might be one of my favorite Listen & Learn originals. I like the melody, and I also like that it explains the concept in a relatively easy-to-understand manner.
I debated including a picture-in-picture view of the actions as I sing them, but decided it would probably be confusing since my left is the opposite of your left. When I sing this song with my students, I turn around so that our left and right are the same.
Do you have any go-to songs or methods for teaching the concept of left and right?
by Rachel | Jan 15, 2012
Ask any of my friends or family and they’ll tell you: Rachel is NOT a winter person! I despise the cold and am deathly afraid of driving in any kind of hazardous weather condition.
So when I saw that snow was in the forecast this past week, I ran all of my errands and did my grocery shopping for the week. The next day I was able to admire the freshly fallen snow, only because I didn’t have to step foot in it. Have I mentioned how much I love working from home?!
I know that all of my students are enjoying the (very delayed) first real snowfall of the year, and I’m happy that all of these snowy songs are getting some play. But come February, I think I’ll be ready for spring! ;)
by Rachel | Jan 8, 2012
I have been dying to spend some time playing my new ukulele ever since I got it for Christmas, but this first week back to the studio has been a little more than busy! Luckily, I found a few minutes to learn and record this song — a favorite that I featured as a Friday Fave a few months back.
I’ve been brainstorming other songs that would be fun to cover on the ukulele…any suggestions to add to the list?
by Rachel | Dec 18, 2011
The other day as I was getting ready for work, this song came on the radio. Before I knew it, there I was — performing the accompanying show choir moves I learned in middle school. 15 years ago.
I posted about it on Facebook, only to find out that I wasn’t the only former Generalette (of the Grant Middle School Generals & Generalettes, G&G for short) who still busted out these moves from time to time.
“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” amuses my students just as much as it amused me back in the day. Sure, it’s corny and a little crude (I left out that second verse for good reason), but it’s a classic.
by Rachel | Dec 11, 2011
Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 22 this year — a mere 3 days before Christmas. This throws my students off every year; when it starts getting cold in November, they tell me that it’s winter (and understandably so). That’s why this song came to be.
As much as I usually dread this season, I’m thinking winter and I are going to get along this year. Now that I work from home almost exclusively, I no longer have a scary highway commute to worry about when there is ice and snow on the ground. I’d much prefer to enjoy the view of a winter wonderland from my window rather than walk in one :)
Are you looking forward to winter this year, or are you hanging on to these last couple weeks of fall for dear life? It’s coming either way, so get out the boots, earmuffs and giant parkas (unless you live somewhere warm, in which case I’m super jealous!).