THE ZOO

THE ZOO is the name of our fourth podcast for August.

I wrote a song called “I’m Riding on a Double Decker Bus” a long time ago, and finally got to use it in this podcast. Sometimes I write songs with a specific podcast in mind, and other times the song just happens and I find a home for it.

In the story, our group of school friends go on a field trip to the zoo and get to ride on a double decker bus going from one exhibit to another. The trouble starts when Henry gets off the bus at the wrong place and finds himself all alone. However the story has a happy ending.

The second song is called “P P Pretty Flamingo.” This is a song where you can add your own words to make up your own verses. You just have to think of an animal and a descriptive word to go with it. For the song I chose pretty flamingo, gentle giraffe, happy hippo, tiny turtle, kind koala and golden eagle. What ideas can you come up with? When you listen to the song in the podcast you will see how it works. I would love to hear what animals you choose for the song.

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Hop! Hop! Hop!

In our new podcast the story features animals that hop or jump. I spent time reading about animals that hop or jump and chose specific ones that work for my story. In the story, whenever a new animal comes along, he needs to be able to hop further than the previous animal. So that’s how we ended up with Tiny Flea, Jumping Spider, Grasshopper and Tree Frog.

The first song has lots of actions for children to do, including hop, hop, hop! The second song has all the animals from the story included plus an opportunity for you to add another animal. Can you think of an animal that hops or jumps? Don’t worry; if you can’t think of one I give you ideas in the podcast. The melody is very catchy and the words as easy as can be. So be sure to sing along.

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GOATS

The second podcast for August is called GOATS and features my friend Linda re-telling the old folktale –“The Three Billy Goats.” Old folktales are well-tested stories for youngsters, and have been for generations. Children love the repetitive nature of stories like this where they can predict what will happen next and even join in with the story.

There are two goat songs that I have included in this podcast. The second one is an adaptation of BINGO. In this version we sing “There was a farmer had a goat and BILLY was his name-o.” It’s a fun sing-along. The first song on the podcast is one I composed called “If the goats are grazing on the green.” I tried something in this podcast that I don’t do very often.  I took part of the song, the chorus, and practiced it so that children can learn it and then sing along every time it happens in the song. Here it is:

“and if they see you standing there

they might even nibble on your hair”

Did you know goats will eat almost anything? Alex sings about lots of things goats eat. Once you get to know the song, it is easy to add your own ideas.

I hope you enjoy the podcast.

If you are not a Listen Together Podcast subscriber yet, you can find a podcast called RABBITS on the samples page and also on the home page of the Listen Together Podcast website. It is there for everyone to listen to. Perhaps it will persuade to join our subscription holders who have access to four unique podcasts every month for a cost of $35. If you go to the Crispy Crow page, every now and then you will find an activity for everyone to enjoy.

BABIES

Here is our first podcast for August and it’s called BABIES. Do you have a baby in your family? Perhaps you are the littlest family member with bigger brothers or sisters. I have lots of brothers and sisters, but I’m not the biggest or the littlest! In our story this week, James learns he is going to be a big brother. He is very excited and can’t wait to have a new play mate. But baby Jack is not quite what he expected.

Our first song is a well-known lullaby, “Rock-a-bye Baby.” Do you know this song? Perhaps you would like to have a doll or teddy bear ready to rock when Teri sings for us. The second song is a fun song I composed called “I Won’t Go To Bed.” Do you feel like that sometimes? The song is a conversation between a child and a grown up. Who do you think does not want to go to bed? Children love singing their own part, and enjoy being the grown up too. When I sing this song with a group of children we have lots of hands on hips and stamping of feet on the word “won’t” as they act the part of child or grown up!!

Are you a subscriber to LISTEN TOGETHER PODCASTS? If so, you know you have access to four podcasts every month. Still thinking about it? Listen to a sample podcast called RABBITS. It’s an action-packed podcast with a sweet story and two rabbit songs where you can hop, hop, hop!