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Hap Palmer

HAP Palmer is a great among greats in the children’s educational music scene.

American Palmer has been performing and recording his music since 1969 and is world-renowned for being a pioneer in the use of music and movement in early childhood education.

This ‘teacher of teachers’ has sold well over two million records and he is considered a ‘rock star’ among early childhood professionals, such is the popularity of his music in preschools and day care centres in North America.

Palmer’s music is fun and educational, that’s why teachers love his material so much.

Can Cockatoos Count By Two’s? has a collection of songs that enhance numeracy and literacy without children even realising it! Themes on this CD include numbers, number order, arithmetic, colours, time, phonics, months, seasons. Songs like ‘Can Cockatoos Count By Twos?’, ’Magic Scarf’, “Months on the Move’’ and ‘We are all Alike’ give you an idea of what’s in store and how much fun there will be listening and moving to it!

We Are On Our Way is all about journeys and movements – from walking to taking a train or a trip to the library. In Palmer’s world there’s learning and fun to be done in all walks of life. Lots of songs like ‘Teddy Took a Train Ride’, ‘Tiger With a Toothbrush’ and ‘Truck Driver’s Song’ take listeners on a lively musical journey.

So Big is a favourite with preschool teachers. The songs on this album tap into a child’s natural desire to move, sing and play-act. From a tiny chick curled inside an egg (‘Baby Chickie’), to the freestyle dancing (‘When I’m Down I Get Up and Dance’), children have so many opportunities for learning fun.

Easy Does It takes a gentler path to movement and play and encourages balance, eye-hand coordination, spatial and body awareness and relaxation. With songs like ‘High Wire Artist’, ‘Tree Fell Down’ and ‘Circle Your Way’, Easy Does It gives children a great way to focus on their bodies and how they move.

Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet? It seems a bizarre concept but not in Palmer’s world! The opening song is ‘Round The World With Ways To Say Hello’’=, which is a delightful tune to sing together. There’s also ‘The Shapes that Surround You’’=, ‘Letters In The Blender’’= and ‘The Bean Bag – Listen’. The songs cover numbers, shapes and literacy, as well as respect for each other.

If you are going to start with anything of Palmer’s it’s Learning Basic Skills Through Music Volume 1 – his first recording made in 1969. This album is now a classic among teachers and a must-have in any preschool teacher’s collection.
Numbers, colours, the alphabet, and body awareness are covered Palmer’s happy style. This collection is also particularly effective for children with special needs.

So Hap, Hap Hooray for Hap Palmer!

 

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