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Music for Children to Build Self-Esteem

SuperMe

Building a healthy sense of self and resilience are vital elements of childhood.

Music is a great way to introduce themes of identity, family and friendship.

Hilary Henshaw is a well-respected music educator and he titles are used in preschools around the world. Super Me! Is specifically aimed at building self-esteem. Henshaw’s songs are full of joy and important themes of identity that help children to feel good about themselves. Friendship is very much at the heart of the music on this collection – there are songs like “friendship express”, “be your own good friend” and “friendship dance”. Read more

World Soundtracks from Putumayo Kids

 

The incredibly popular range of music from Putumayo Kids brings the world inside your home, classroom and car. There is a collection for every taste and corner of the globe – The Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and more.

Rock and Roll Playground features modern songs influenced by rock and roll roots. This compilation also includes a read-aloud booklet with notes about the history of rock & roll and the story of each song. Artists include popular US children’s music entertainer Dan Zanes, to up-and- comers like Grammy nominee Brady Rymer, Parents’ Choice® Gold award winner Roger Day and John Lennon Songwriting Contest winners Rhythm Child. There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on with this great collection. Read more

Music for Family Fun 4

 

Music is one of the greatest ways to bring people together and there are plenty of great collections for awesome family fun.

Everyone loves the gang of Sesame Street and Putumayo Kids presents a collection of songs from international versions of the much-loved program. Sesame Street Playground has songs from The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, France, India, Israel, Mexico and Palestine, among others. Ever heard “Rubber Ducky” in Chinese? Well, with this collection you can! This CD/DVD is a project from the Sesame Street Workshop to promote respect of other cultures. The DVD features five music videos from places like Russia, South Africa and Mexico. Read more

New Zealand Artists for Kids

New Zealand is renowned for the quality of its early childhood music and resources. For such a small country it sure does create wonderful teachers and innovators in music for children.

Linda Adamson is beloved in adopted homeland New Zealand. Her music resource range Love To Sing has become a worldwide hit with teachers, parents and kids. Linda’s songs are played daily on NZ children’s television. Her philosophy is participation and enthusiasm being the keys to your child’s learning. Most recently Adamson has been on a mission to connect communities through music. She is highly regarded for her understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional benefits that music brings. Adamson has also devised specific children’s programmes, including “Hearty Fun Fitness”, which is endorsed by the NZ Heart Foundation.

All her collections are great so it’s hard to find a standout but Playtime Songs is a good CD to start with. This CD is full of fun songs like “You brush your teeth”, “Dr Knickerbocker”, “Good morning” and “Skinny Marinky”. There’s also a lyrics book and bonus DVD of live action songs. 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

Best Music DVDs for Children

 

Music DVDs are the perfect blend of entertainment that engages children in activity, movement and fun, rather than them sitting passively in front of the television.

Justine Clarke is the queen of children’s musical entertainment in Australia and Great Big World is colourful, fun and engaging. A generation of Aussie preschoolers can now sing Justine’s infectious songs like “I like to Sing’’ and “Watermelon’’ and on Great Big World, there are more bound-to-be-classic tunes like “Little Day Out’’, Climbing up a Rainbow’’ and “My Shadow and Me’’. Justine presents her songs in an accessible, humorous and joyous way. She borrows from many musical styles – jazz, pop, lullabies, folk, and soul – great for little ones’ musical enjoyment, as well as mum and dad! Read more

Maths Games for Kids

Maths can be a lot of fun – you just need the right resources to bring numbers to life for your children. At Educational Esteem we stock a great range from Child’s Play – a favourite with families and teachers since the early 1970s and they are also great for children with special needs.

Fruit Salad isn’t just for fans of The Wiggles. The Fruit Salad Game is aimed at four to eight year olds and has 15 fruit-shaped fraction cards and four collecting plates for a really fresh and fun way to introduce children to fractions. Read more

Kids in the Garden

With the spring weather upon us it’s a great time to celebrate all things outdoors. As well as learning about animals, plants and the weather, a focus on the great outdoors builds compassion, sensitivity and wonderment.

Play School has a special DVD dedicated to things that happen in the garden. Play School in the Garden features presenters Justine Clarke, Sofya Gollan, Jay Laga’aia, Alex Papps, Matt Passmore and Leah Vandenberg who take little viewers through fun, songs, activities and stories about the adventures and delights that are in your own backyard and parks. Make a pond, discover tadpoles and frogs, dig in the dirt and have fun with your toys on a backyard sleeepout. Read more

Balls, Beanbags, Parachutes and More

It may just seem like all fun and games but there are also very important physical and cognitive benefits to play and structured activities. These types of activities are particularly good for children with special needs and also for group fun at daycare centres and preschools. Educational Esteem has an extensive range of great resources from Kimbo Educational – a family-run company that specialises in music and movement. Read more