Do you remember the Joy of singing songs when you were young? Do you find yourself humming a catchy tune, that you learned from long ago? Great songs bring joy to our lives. For childcare providers, music can help with daily transitions, be used to get the wiggles out, and can also be used to teach key skills in a fun and engaging way.
Children's Performer Nancy Kopman understands the needs of young children, and how to incorporate learning through Music. For those of you who aren't familiar with Nancy, she is a Children's Singer, Songwriter and Preschool Music Specialist from Canada. Nancy has three fabulous Albums under her belt, and I'm so excited to share that she has just released her 4th Album titled Shadow.
Listen to what Nancy has to say about using Music as a Teaching tool..
I recently had a chance to download her new album, and I'm happy to report that Shadow doesn't disappoint. Like her previous Album's Shadow is upbeat, fun, and educational. It is full of engaging songs that focus on skills, and teaching educational concepts such as the Days of the Week ("7 Days of the Week"), The Months of the Year ("12 Months"), and Positional Words ("In Front/Behind").
Many of these songs would make great additions to circle time or daily transitions. I find that these songs are short enough to be used during circle time without the concern of younger children losing interest.
Although these are Children's songs, you'll find as an adult they are pleasant to listen to. One of my favorite songs on this album is "Breath in, Breath out". It is a beautiful, soothing song that would be perfect for your Naptime Transition.
You can check out Shadow and the rest of Nancy's Music on CD.Baby, and Itunes. She also has a fabulous Website (maybe you can catch her live!), and a youtube channel as well.
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Circle Time Binder-Digital Download
The Circle Time Binder combines all of your favorite Circle Time Activities in a portable Binder. It's a great option for educators who are short on wall space, only have 1 or 2 children "ready" for Circle Time, or parents who are homeschooling their Preschooler.
Inside this 57-Page Printable you will find:
4-Cover designs to choose from
A Skills Check list
3-Editable Who's Here Sign in activities
How are you feeling? poster and clip cards
100-Days recording page
The current season is ... activity
Today's weather is .. activity
Days of the week activity
Special Days of the Month (*Editable)
I know my letters uppercase & lowercase posters
Interactive I know my colors poster
Interactive I know my shapes poster
Directions, TOS, and Graphics Credit
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Apple Activity Pack-Digital Download
Let's explore apples! Inside this apple themed activity pack you will find an assortment of easy to assemble activities. You can easily turn them into a variety of hands on learning centers, tot trays or file folder games.
Help the children in your care learn literacy skills, and math skills. Some of the skills covered in this pack are: colors, shapes, uppercase and lowercase letter identification, patterning, one to one correspondence, counting, and ordering numbers 1-10.
Inside this 55-Page Printable Activity pack you will find the following 16 activities:
Apple Clip Cards
Apple tree color matching activity
Roll and Color apple graphing activity
Apple tree uppercase and lowercase letter matching file folder activity
Apple Count and Clip Cards
Apple Tree counting mats 1-10
Apple barrel counting mats 1-12
Counting Apples Mat 1-20
Apple Patterning Activity
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Parts of an apple
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Corn, Scarecrows and Crows Printable Activity Pack
This 40 page printable activity pack includes 11 printable activities, and 2 pages of 3-part cards for your Corn, Scarecrows and Crows themed Week.
Corn Kernel Counting Activity (Can also be used as a craft template)
Color Clip Cards
Count and Clip Cards
Crow counting mats with 10-frames (1-10)
Cutting Practice Sheet
Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Puzzle Cards
Positional Phrases Activity
Scarecrow Counting Mats (1-10)
Shape Matching Puzzles
Patterning Activity Page
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Pumpkin Activity Pack
From Tot Trays, to Center Activities this pack includes tons of hands on fun for your Pumpkin Unit.
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