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Archive for the ‘Children’s Games’ Category

Songs and Books About Bugs and other creepy crawlies

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Slithery, scaly, furry and tickly…bugs and creepy crawlies are certainly an intriguing and fun subject to help learn about science, nature and movement.

Singing Science from Tickle Tune Typhoon will lead listeners on a magical journey of songs dedicated to animals, insects, stars and the sea, among lots of other things. There are 31 tracks on this collection and include “Night Creatures”, “Constellation Cowboy”, “This Old Bone”, “Arachnids” and “Backyard Safari”. Tickle Tune Typhoon is a musical performance troupe that creates music to educate children on subjects including the environment, health, science, friendship and spirituality and wellbeing. Co-founders Lorraine Bayes and Dennis Westphal have been creating music and entertainment for children since the 1980s and their resources and performances have been used by schools and preschools in the United States and other parts of the world. The philosophy of the group is to create music for the “whole child” and to involve students in musical learning. Read more

More Music Resources for Children with Special Needs

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Providing innovative resources for children with special needs is one of our passions here at Educational Esteem. Here’s a selection of some of the best collections.

Fittersitters is a specialised 30-minute exercise program for people with limited ability to stand or those who need to “get fit while you sit”. The CD features warm-ups, vigorous exercises and cool downs that help improve range of motion, body spatial orientation and general well being. Appropriate for children aged five-plus right up to older people and especially for children with complex special physical needs.

More Songs About Me features eleven songs focus on a child’s ‘me’ world and can be used with one child or entire group. Music therapist Bill Janiak has a clear, simple and repetitive style to help children with special needs explore and improve skills like body part identification, motor and language development, counting, listening and emotional awareness. Janiak has been an early childhood specialist and music therapist of over 40 years. He specialises in movement recordings and his philosophy is ‘we learn by doing’.

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Party Music for Children

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Want to get your party started right? How about the kinder disco or music and movement time?

Educational Esteem has a super catalogue of suitable party and active music to suit all occasions.

Exercise Party is exactly as the title of the CD suggests – a collection of energetic and fun songs get young bodies up and moving. The 24 songs progress through warm ups (“A New Way to Say Hello”), the main exercise (“Hula Mula”) and cool down (“Reach Up High”). Read more

Music for Active Toddlers

Keeping your toddlers active is a must. Little ones have bundles of energy, super-inquisitive minds and a lot of stuff to learn.

Educational Esteem can help with our great range of toddler music resources.

Songs and Games for Toddlers by Bob McGrath. You’ll know Bob from Sesame Street and he is just as engaging and delightful on this collection as he is on the iconic children’s television show.

All the songs and images on this CD are simple enough for two and three years olds to sing, play and do. There’s classic songs like “twinkle, twinkle, little star” and “row, row, row your boat”, “this old man” and “five little ducks”. These are perfect songs for toddlers and Bob leads children through a repertoire that will have them bouncing, clapping, chanting, drumming and singing. 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

Children’s music artists from Canada

 

In terms of music for children the maple leaf rules!

Children’s music artists from Canada are highly respected by education professionals and loved by families around the world.

Probably the best known Canadian artist is Raffi with his distinctive style and respect for children. Raffi has been recognised with many awards, including the Order of Canada for his “Child Honouring” work – his vision for creating a humane and sustainable world by addressing the universal needs of children. One Light One Sun is one of his most popular collections and features his moving ‘One Light, One Sun” , the silly  ‘Apples and Bananas” and “De Colores” — a beautiful ballad in Spanish. Another wonderful collection is Quiet Time and Raffi makes nap time, bedtime, cuddle time or just winding down time a warm and loving experience for families to enjoy and share. In his gentle, humorous way, Raffi sings much-loved tunes like ‘Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘Rockabye Baby’ as well as his classic original compositions like ‘Blessed Be’ and ‘Thanks A Lot’. Raffi’s music both soothes and spreads a gentle message of mindfulness and gratitude. Read more

Kindergarten Music Collection

Kindergarten is a magical time for children and their development. In Australia it is traditionally the year before children enter the primary school system. Aussie kids get a year of government-funded kinder when they are four and an unfunded, more informal year known as three-year-old kindergarten. Day care and preschool settings also form part of the early learning years.

At Educational Esteem we have an excellent range of the best kindergarten music and learning resources that are perfect for early learning settings and at home. Read more

Creative Movement and Play for Kids

Childhood is all about play and exploring physicality and movement. In fact, there is a movement rising up in recent years to restore play to childhood and see children get messy and use their bodies and imagination. This push is in response to the fact that children’s lives are more sedentary these days and focus on a lot more “screen time’’ for entertainment and play.

Educational Esteem specialise in resources to encourage creative movement and activities for Children.

Splish, Splash, Splosh by Janet Channon and Wendy Jensen is a book and CD that encourages lots of jumping, balancing and tightrope walking through imaginative activities. The philosophy of this CD and its activities is that through singing, moving, playing instruments and imaginative play, the whole body – and brain – is involved in the learning. Brain integration, through fun coordination games are exercised in ‘Good Manners’ and ‘Criss Cross’. Instrument playing and dancing is the order of the day on ‘Join the Fiesta’ and imaginative play and healthy eating is encouraged in the song  ‘Lunchtime’. Read more

Yoga Resources for Children

There are so many benefits of yoga – and not just for adults.
Yoga is great for children too and there are so many ways to incorporate the postures, meditation and mindfulness of the practice into activities for little ones.

Yoga for Kids from Kimbo International is aimed at ages 3 to 8 and introduces postures and beginner techniques based on well-known animals and objects. The soundtrack of this CD is soothing and promotes calmness and stillness – things that are so important for children to learn early in life to equip them to be emotionally healthy adults. A booklet is included. Read more