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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apples

Apples are a delicious fruit, come in all kinds of colors and have wonderful names. Most of us buy apples at the grocery store, but in the fall, if you are lucky, you might have a farm nearby where you can go and pick your own apples – straight off the tree. Zoe and Tom go to Yew Tree Farm to pick apples with their parents in our story this week, and have lots of fun bobbing for apples and even go on a hay ride.

This podcast is called APPLES, and our first song is about apples. It is a song I composed and I hope you will sing along with me. The second song called “Goin’ on a Hay Ride” was composed by my friend Linda and is sung by Bethany.

LISTEN TOGETHER PODCAST subscribers have access to four podcasts every month. Some are of a seasonal nature, such as this one called APPLES. In winter time I have some podcasts about snow and ice skating. In spring we have songs and stories about everything growing in the garden and even a podcast in April about Earth Day.

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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.

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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!!

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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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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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