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Archive for June, 2013

A Must Have Kindergarten Book Collection

Kindergarten-age is a magical time for children to discover books and concepts about the wider world and their feelings. At Educational Esteem we love to find fantastic and useful books for families and early education professionals.

As Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood is geared towards ages two to six and is all about emotions – and letting children know that it is okay to feel they things they do, whether they are good or bad. With beautiful illustrations, this book takes emotions from the abstract to the concrete and relates an emotion to an animal. Think “as slow as a snail” or “as quick as a cricket”. Read more

Kids’ Music Company

Started by Kiwis Janet Channon and Wendy Jensen in 1989, kids Music Company produces resources for children to learn through fun music activities.

Kids Music Company works from the philosophy that nature intended children to move and that movement helps neural pathways to develop for optimum brain development.

Channon and Jensen, who are world-renowned music education specialist, strongly advocate that music and movement is an essential component of normal child development.

A great place to start with Kids Music Company is the album Echo Fred – captivating and contagious music as well as echo games with Teddy and Fred, who live under the bed. Complete with a teacher’s book, there’s also opportunities for finger play activities (seahorse and caterpillar stories) and role-playing while singing – imagine driving a bus on a wet day or playing a trumpet. This CD is ideally for ages three to eight. Read more

Children’s Music from Ronno

Ronno’s songs are fun and full of life and learning. Ronno, aka Ron Hiller, is a Canadian-born, qualified teacher and has performed for children for several decades. He has also spent time playing in successful rock and country bands and writing hit songs!

His award winning music is loved by families and teachers in North America – and beyond.

Jump-Start Action Songs is one of Ronno’s most popular CDs and stimulates children’s mind and motor development with winning songs and action activities. Ronno is well known for his highly motivating action songs and there’s plenty on this collection. There’s also a teacher-guide to accompany the songs and associated activities. Read more

Musical Fun from the Learning Station


All aboard for some fun and games with all the great resources from The Learning Station!

The Learning Station is a US trio of musician/entertainers with an early education background. The trio has recorded over 300 songs and 28 albums so their track record with creating engaging and educational music experiences is hard to beat.

A good collection to start with is Tony Chestnut – 14 lively and action songs that promote participation and free expression. Anything is possible at The Learning Station. On this CD you can travel to the yankety-yank with a bullfrog, go shopping in search of the perfect pet and exploring the jungle with five little monkeys. Read more