Time

A grandfather clock features in a song on our podcast called TIME. I explain what a grandfather clock is in the podcast and thought you might like to see a picture of one. You will find it on the Crispy Crow page. If you like, you can print the picture and color it. I wonder what color your grandfather clock will be?

Long ago when grandfather clocks were very popular, they would usually stand in the hall of a big house and would be made of wood. The face of the clock would be glass so that you could see the numbers, and there would often be a glass panel showing the pendulum moving from side to side, making the tick tock sound. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock goes the grandfather clock – just like Alex sings in the song!

This song has different times for different meals, like breakfast, lunch etc. You could use this opportunity to talk about what time you have lunch or supper in your family. You could look at the times on a clock. It is a very simple song where you can easily put in new times and new activities. I love songs where children can create their own verses.

Our story is about Flora (who we meet in other stories) waiting for her Aunt to visit. Flora has not seen her for a long time and is a little anxious. Will she recognize her aunt? Will her aunt know who she is? Time is a very interesting concept for children. Sometimes, what we think of as a short amount of time seems like FOR EVER to youngsters.

When I ran my own preschool, we would always give a five minute warning whenever we were close to transitioning to a new activity – such as cleaning up for snack, or getting ready for outside play. Children have no concept that the transition is close, and it is very frustrating to have just started something new and then immediately be told to clean up! I wish I’d thought to be consistent with my own children when they were youngsters.

The second song is the well-known nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock. Alex goes on to sing times other than one o’clock in the song, and I have inserted chimes so that children can practice counting along with the chimes.

I hope you and your family enjoy this new podcast. Don’t forget to visit the Crispy Crow page as I will upload free activities there every now and then.

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FOX

I had a hard time coming up with a name for this podcast, and ended up calling it FOX, even though there are lots of other animals in the podcast. The story is called “The Lazy Fox,” but you will have to decide if you think Fox is lazy or clever! The first song is also a game and begins with rabbits playing in the meadow, then along comes fox. In the podcast I explain how to play the game and show how the music changes when fox comes along. I have played this song-game many times with children, sometimes with large groups of children. Some children like to be one of the rabbits and play in a safe place the whole time. Some like to be one of the rabbits that get chased by the fox. Some children enjoy being a fox, moving slowly, carefully, sneaking up on the rabbits. You will need to decide what is best for your situation. There is no right or wrong way to play, EXCEPT there has to be safe place for rabbits. I think you will enjoy this game.

The second song features animals from the story plus other animals, and allows children to participate by deciding what kind of sound the animals make and put the sounds in the song. Like many of my songs, once you know the format, you can make up your own verses. Be creative!!

This podcast is available to subscribers, who have access to four original podcasts every month, at the cost of only $35. If you are not a subscriber yet, you are welcome to listen to the sample podcast free of charge. It is called RABBITS and can be found on the main page or by clicking on “samples” on the menu.

WEATHER

Growing up in England the weather was always a surprise. It could be warm and sunny in the morning, raining by lunchtime, then really cold and windy in the afternoon. What’s the weather like for you today? As I am writing this, it is warm and sunny where I live. Our podcast is called WEATHER, and the first song Bethany sings is called “What’s the Weather Today?” The story is called “Picnic in the Park” and teachers Miss Hannah and Miss Emily take their class to the park and have quite an adventure. Teri sings a well-known song called “Rain, Rain, Go Away.” Do you know it? Teri sings the names of the children in the story in the song. Perhaps you would like to put your own name in the song too. If you don’t know the song, you will quickly learn the words and be able to sing along with Teri.

This podcast is available to subscribers, who have access to four original podcasts every month, at the cost of only $35 for a whole year. If you are not a subscriber yet, you are welcome to listen to the sample podcast free of charge. It is called RABBITS and can be found on the main page or by clicking on “samples” on the menu.

Don’t forget to visit the Crispy Crow page on the website where you can find fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

 

SCHOOL

Has the new school year started? Are you going to school for the first time? Perhaps you have a new class and teacher this year. This week’s podcast is about school. In our story Flora is going to school for the very first time, and you will find out what Flora’s family do to make her first day go smoothly.

My friend Linda composed a song called “I Can’t Wait” and it’s about going to school. Bethany sings about getting a new backpack and lunchbox. The new school year can be very exciting. Alex sings the well-known song “ABC”. You probably know this one so sing along with Alex.

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