Puppy lying on sand with ballThe last podcast this month is called DOGS and is available for subscribers to download for the next four weeks. It features two songs, one a very old nursery rhyme where you get to put your own name in the song, and a new song I composed called “Domino.” You may already know the first song:

“Bow wow wow, who’s dog art thou?
Little Tommy Tinker’s dog, bow wow wow.”

As with many old rhymes there is archaic language to explain and talk about. Jodi puts other names in the song – Henry’s name, hers and mine – and of course you can put your own name in the song if you like.

The story is called “Henry Wants a Puppy” and works very hard to show he is a responsible boy. I don’t want to give away the ending, so you will have to listen to the podcast.

The second song is called “Domino” and includes lots of things that Domino can do, or will learn to do – like run, walk, heel or stay. But each verse ends with:

“He learned to fetch, oh boy can he fetch,
A yukky slobbery ball, that’s my boy.”
Children love this part, making their faces and voices match the words.



We live in a colorful world and our podcast this time is called COLORS. After the action-packed “hello” song, Joshua sings about animals and their colors – but these colors are very unlikely. He sings about a red porcupine, a green chimpanzee and a blue kangaroo! The words for the song are taken from an old nursery rhyme I found, which is why the language is somewhat archaic. We don’t use the phrase “full well” in modern English, but it is something interesting to discuss. For each verse, all that needs to change is the animal and its color:

I’ve never seen a red porcupine,

I really don’t want to see one,

But this I know and know full well,

I’d rather see than be one.”

You can see how easy it is to make up your own verses.

The pink crayon in our story causes all kinds of problems for twins Tom and Zoe. They argue, and both end up doing something they know they shouldn’t – all because of a pink crayon. This story was inspired by a real situation when I ran my own school. One little boy would slip a pink crayon into his pocket and take it home. This went on every day for several days. For my story, I deliberately kept the crayon pink, to help children understand there are no boy colors or girl colors. This story is also a little unusual in that it doesn’t have a satisfactory ending. But it gives the listeners an opportunity to discuss what they would do in the same situation, and voice what they think about Zoe and Tom’s actions. Food for thought!!

Teri sings another song about colors – but this time colors we might be wearing:

I see somebody wearing green,

I see somebody wearing green,

Show me where you are wearing green.

Again you can see how easy it is to create new verses in the song. I sing this song frequently with young children and use it as an opportunity for them to show me with actions where they are wearing the color, rather than telling me with words. This is quite hard for young children at first, but they soon catch on. Children have to use self-control to refrain from blurting out their reaction.



The podcast SOUP has two action songs that are very different. Teri sings “Get Up And Get Moving” where you CAN get up and moving – jumping, running, dancing and much more.

In the song “Soup” we get to pretend to make soup together, chopping vegetables, stirring the pot and finally tasting the delicious soup. The vegetables in the song are exactly the same as those used to make the soup in the story. Then the listener gets to decide what else to chop and add to the soup.

I have sung this song many times with groups of children where everyone is allowed to choose something to add to the pot. It is very popular. With large groups I usually make a vegetable soup, using the song as an opportunity to talk about different vegetables and even what is and is not a vegetable. Of course it is wonderful if you make real soup too! Sometimes, children like to add silly things to the soup. I wonder what kind of soup you will make?

I re-tell the well-known folktale “Stone Soup” in this podcast. There are many variations of the story and I read many of them before writing my own version. That’s how so many variations happen – things change in the re-telling.

Playful Cats

This podcast has a story about a cat and a kitten, plus two cat songs.

Bethany sings “Playful Cats,” where each verse has cats doing different things but also has words that are repeated. You might enjoy singing “Meow, meow, the cats are here to play” each time with Bethany.

In our story, Grey Cat leads a very quiet life until Scraggly Kitten mysteriously arrives in the garden. To help this kitten, Grey Cat has to be brave and do things she’s never done before.

I sing the last song “The Old Grey Cat Is Sleeping” which is also a game. It starts with the cat sleeping, and then the mice try to creep by. The cat stalks the mice that scamper away. Children enjoy being the cat, one of the mice, or even both! You can take the opportunity to talk about the words used to describe how the cat and the mice move. Stalking and scampering are usually new words for our young children, but they immediately understand how to move.