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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Turn Up the Music Linky Party

Of course I had to join this linky party!  We always have music playing in our classroom!  I kind of wish I had a Juke Box in my room that the kiddos could choose a tune of the day or something...wait!  I bet there's an app for that!  I'd use iTunes but my library is just too overwhelming so I'd need something I'm thinking....

Anyway!  Onto the linky party!
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Hope I did that right!  :)

Here's our top favorites...
Disney Soundtracks-The kiddos know them, they connect to them, and they help tap into some prior knowledge on just about everything!
We especially like listening to Choo Choo Soul!

And Imagination Movers!  There's a really great brainstorming song on the album below.  We use it while we're brainstorming on our own or in a group.  It's perfect!

Wayne Brady has a fun album's hip hop for kids and they love it and to be do I!

We also listen to Ziggy Marley's Family Time...sometimes in the dead of winter to remind us that warmer weather will come eventually!

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is another album we listen to that has a hip hop feel to it!  You can't help but tap your toes!

When we're in need of a little quiet time we listen to music by:
George Winston
Danny Wright
Chris Botti

After Hours....
Anything by Justin James!  His music screams summer...which really helped me out during the month and a half after spring break!
Joss Stone
The Cab
I'll listen to anything once!  (Shazamm is the best invention ever!)
I think I have a pretty eclectic taste in music.
A teacher friend whose husband is in charge of the music department at a local college had a band from Canada visiting the college a few years ago and they visited our school and performed for us!  Within an hour, I had purchased all of their albums from iTunes and we listened to them every day!  The kiddos really connected to them so I just had to have all of the albums...did I tell you that they were French Canadian and all of their lyrics were in French?  We had no idea what they're singing about but they use interesting instruments and they have a great rhythm!  (Maybe I have a music addiction too.  I'm in trouble.)
Mauvais Sort
This linky party was a tough one!  I'm a sucker for a good beat, an interesting sound...or just something new whether it's for my classroom or my personal library!  There are so many more cool tunes that we listen to I think I could go on and on!

On another note...thanks for all of the advice on what to do with my collection of chapter books!  I think I'll be putting them on my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop or even on eBay (didn't think of that) in smaller sets for people to purchase.  Once they're there, I'll let you know so that you can help spread the word!

Northern Ohio is on the verge of a heat wave today so I'm off to the pool!
Hope you're keeping cool in your neck of the woods!


  1. Loved your music selections. I HEART that you pump music "after hours." My room is next to the copier and the teachers always have to . . . wait . . "get to" enjoy my tunes after a long day with the kids :) Great post today Jenn.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

    1. Thanks Kelley!
      Sometimes I need some after hour music to help me stay and get ready for the next kind of helps! :)

  2. I totally have to check out a lot of these!

    Jessica Stanford
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    1. They are so fun! On the way to your blog in a few minutes!

  3. Thanks for linking up to the party! Love that brainstorming song and I'll be checking out these hip-hop selections....those are always so much fun in the classroom. :)

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    1. They are totally different from Dr. Jean or Wee Sing Along Songs but they still work for us!

  4. I haven't heard of many of these so I can't wait to look into them & try them out. Thanks for sharing!
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