I’m not a rhinoceros!

I had a lot of fun with this podcast. Several years ago, a young boy asked if I tell a story about unicorns. He was fascinated with them. I found I didn’t know very much about unicorns and so did some research. Much to my surprise I discovered that in some parts of the world, unicorns were thought to resemble rhinos! Nothing like our western idea of a unicorn being more or less like a horse with a horn!

My next round of research involved finding out about rhinos. I discovered they can run very fast over short distances and have a keen sense of smell. I used this information, plus other things I learned to create the song “Rhinoceros” that Teri sings, where the chorus is:

“A unicorn, a unicorn,

Inside I’m a fleet-footed unicorn.”

Another result of the research was the idea for a story of a rhino who thinks she is a unicorn. That’s how this story about Nellie came about.

The second song is called “Mud.” It is a slow song and I hope you can feel the idea of rolling and wallowing in mud. There are some very descriptive words about the mud – like oozy and goozy, mushy and gushy; plus the opportunity for you to add your own squishy, squashy muddy words. I hope you enjoy this podcast.

If you are not a subscriber yet, I hope you will listen to RABBITS. This podcast is available for everyone to listen to, and can be found on both the samples page and the home page of the web site, and of course there are a variety of activities on the Crispy Crow page as well.

Clean Up!

Our story this week features James and his baby brother Jack in our first podcast for December called CLEAN UP. Jack’s favorite stuffed animal Mousie goes missing and causes problems for James. I sing the first song “Mouse, Mousie” and the words are very easy:

Mouse mousie in the housie

Hurry, hurry do,

Or the kitty in the housie

Will be chasing you.

I made up a couple more verses to this song where we have fishy in the ocean with a sharkey chasing; and a chick in the farmyard with a foxey chasing. You can see how easy it is to change the words and come up with ideas. All you need are two animals!

My friend Linda composed the second song “Clean Up” where you can sing along with Karon and Alex with the repeated chorus:

Clean up, clean up ‘til it’s done

Getting it out was much more fun.”

Sing along friends!

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Dogs

The 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.

Enjoy!

 

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COLORS

We live in a colorful world and our podcast this week 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 and a green chimpanzee for example. The words for the song are taken from an old nursey 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.

Enjoy!

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Do you like soup?

The podcast this week is called SOUP and 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.

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.

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?

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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.

Subscribers, I hope you enjoy this new podcast. If you are not a subscriber, go to the sample page where you can listen to a free podcast called RABBITS.

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This is one of those months where there are five Tuesdays. At this point I have four podcasts available for each month, making a total of 48. That leaves me with four weeks of the year without a podcast. Working on these will be my next major task. Some of the podcasts are seasonal, but because I won’t know when these extra podcasts will be needed, I will have to be careful with the content. We don’t want James going to the beach in December!! Or perhaps that would be a good story.

So you will have to wait till next week for our first November podcast. You can look forward to PLAYFUL CATS.

For this week you can visit the Crispy Crow page and see what activities are waiting for you there.

Enjoy!

Fall

In our new Fall podcast, we meet James and his baby brother Jack again. You may remember them from another podcast where James is so excited when he learns he is going to be a big brother, then so disappointed when baby Jack can’t do anything. In the story today Jack does lots of things.

I sing a song called “Things I can Do” and you get to do all those things with me. The song uses a different letter for each verse. For example the first verse has things I can do beginning with P. I sing “I can pedal,” “I can paint,” “I can paddle,” and “I can play.” I also include the letters S, T and D. I’m sure you can think of lots of ideas for the song.

Anneliese sings the second song called “Walking, Walking, Walking,” which has lots of actions you can join in with. And of course the song lends itself to allowing you to come up with some different actions. If you have listened to several podcasts, you will know I often have action songs included. A new action, in both songs, is keeping still. This is quite hard for young children to do, but gets better with practice (just keep singing the songs!) as children learn to control their bodies.

This is definitely an action-packed podcast. Enjoy!

If you are not a subscriber yet, I hope you will listen to RABBITS. This podcast is available for everyone to listen to, and can be found on both the samples page and the home page of the web site, and of course there are a variety of activities on the Crispy Crow page as well.

 

Squirrel

This podcast is as new as can be. The last song was recorded only last week and the podcast had its final editing on Thursday!

Very timely for Fall, our podcast features sunflowers and a squirrel. The picture shown here was the starting point for the whole podcast. Taken right from our garden we were able to watch the squirrel on the sunflower head, munching on the seeds. This launched the story of squirrel watching the sunflower grow, waiting for the delicious seeds. As you probably can guess, it is not quite as easy as Squirrel expects.

The first song has the little grey squirrel going up, up, up the maple tree, then down, down, down the maple tree. You may notice how the music moves up the scale with the squirrel and down the scale as he ascends and descends the tree. This is one of those songs I love to sing with children as it allows us to get creative and think of different trees for the squirrel to go up and down.

The second song is a very gentle song about flowers and is incredibly easy to sing along with. We begin with a sunflower, then sing snapdragon, primrose, wild orchid and end with an opportunity for the listener to add a couple of flowers of their own choice.

I hope you enjoy this podcast.

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Spiders

I think this podcast called SPIDERS is one of my favorites. The first song is a nursery rhyme you will know, “The Incy Wincy Spider,” so please sing it with Teri. Singing this nursery rhyme with children we often change the words and sing “the teeny tiny spider” or “the roly poly spider” and make our actions and voices match the spider. The song “The Busy Spider” is one I composed and is a song I enjoy very much. The words for the chorus are:

I am a busy spider

‘Cos if I want to eat

I have to build a spider web

That’s strong, and sticky and neat.

I hope you sing this part along with Bethany. Now not all spiders make webs, but many do, and that’s what Webster, the spider in our story does. I did some research about spiders and building webs and used the information I learned for the lyrics in the song.

Our story features a spider called Webster that unknowingly becomes a “pet” for William. I have written several stories that involve a group of children who are at school together. Sometimes the story is about the whole class and their teachers, Miss Emily and Miss Hannah, and sometimes about one of the children in the class. William is in this class. Perhaps you recognize the names James, Flora, Katie, Tom and Zoe from other stories?

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