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Valentines Day for Kids – Love Song for Kindergarten

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Valentines Day seems like a perfect time to nurture our little lovers with a lot more love. It seems everywhere you turn, we’re bombarded by news that’s fueled with anger or fear. It gets harder and harder to shield our young children, our budding minds, our future, our hope from these images of intolerance and hate that can leave long lasting impressions on their psyche.

Love is not learned. If you’ve spent any time with an infant, you’ve felt that unconditional and accepting love that we are all born with. You’ve felt it and you know that it’s within us all. We’re born with it, but like all forms of life, it doesn’t grow unless its fed and nourished and nurtured and honored. It can be extinguished as we grow older with each event that we find disappointing and hurtful, each occurrence that shatters our naïveté, each situation that breaks our heart. We are creatures of habit and we become what surrounds us.

Working with children in kindergarten and preschool, and even toddlers and infants, gives us parents, educators, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends, an important responsibility to nurture the magic of our children’s love. We are responsible to receive it fully and return it tenfold. To be honored by it and respect it. To encourage it and draw from it. To remember that without it, fear and anger and self-loathing and insecurity can easily find its way into their hearts.

Talking to our kids about love, singing songs and reading books about love can leave lasting impressions that will hold fast when they grow older and are in situations that may not honor their true spirit. They can draw from an understanding of respect and possibly see the big picture when they might feel stuck in a painful situation that requires every ounce of their being to overcome. They can be that person that stands up for someone that is being humiliated or degraded because they know that they are full of love and they know what it means to love.

Our Valentines Song is really easy to teach young children. It is a call and response with simple lyrics about people and things that we love and how we show our love by honoring and respecting them.

Lyrics: (Love Song, Valentines Day Song for Kids)
There are so many things to love
There are so many things to love

The birds, the trees, the sky above
The birds, the trees, the sky above

I love my mom
I love my mom

I love my dad
I love my dad

I love my brother
I love my brother

I love my sister
I love my sister

I love my nanna
I love my nanna

I love my grandpa
I love my grandpa

I love my friends
I love my friends

I love my dog
I love my dog

LOVE

I love you
I love you

You love me
You love me

We take turns
We take turns

We are a team
We are a team

I am nice to you
I am nice to you

I share with you
I share with you

I play with you
I play with you

Yes I love you
Yes I love you

LOVE

LOVE
L-O-V-E, Love
LOVE
L-O-V-E, Love

This Valentines Day, while your kids are passing out Valentines, they may be just as excited to give out Valentines as they are to receive them. Valentines Day can be a day to show our friends how much we honor them and appreciate them!

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Toddler Halloween Video, Toddler Halloween Activity Sheet, Toddler Halloween Coloring Sheet – Free Download

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Toddler Halloween Video , Illustrated Board Book & Song

Check out our toddler Halloween video! Annie & Rocco are at it again with this fun preschool song.

Annie & Rocco share an original illustrated board book and corresponding catchy, simple song as they dress up as the characters Charlotte and Wilbur from their favorite book, Charlotte’s Web!

As a mom with young kids, I notice that as my kids enter the toddler years, they tend to enjoy celebrations and experiences when they are mentally prepared.  This totally makes sense since I know many adults, myself included, that work the same way!

When kids know what to expect, their focus is on the experience itself, rather the uncertainty and potentially the fear, that can come with being in new situations.  I wrote this board book and song with that in mind.  I want my kids to embrace the friendly ghost, the creative costumes, the costume parades, the trick or treating and the joy that comes with celebrating Halloween as a kid.

It can be a scary time for toddlers experiencing Halloween for the first time. As parents, we want to make sure our kids know what to expect. We also want our young kids to know that spooky decorations are not real.  When toddlers realize that the scary aspects of Halloween is part of a game that they themselves can play, it becomes less frightening and more exciting.

Halloween parades for toddlers can also be an awkward situation for shy or introverted toddlers. Preparing them for the experience can give them the confidence to show off their costumes.  When they see other kids enjoying the experience, like the kids in our video, they may be curious enough to participate.

Our Halloween book and Halloween song is combined into a fun toddler video. It’s a great resource for toddlers, as it explores the mildly spooky and fun aspects of Halloween, like decorations, wearing costumes, carving pumpkins, joining a Halloween parade and trick or treating.

Young viewers walk away from the experience remembering the date of Halloween and they will also be prepared to see decorative objects around town that may appear to be frightening.

I sincerely hope our toddler Halloween video helps your young children as it has helped mine! Share it with your young toddler, preschooler and/or kindergartner. Build their excitement and prepare them for a special and memorable Halloween celebration.

Feel free to download our free coloring and activity sheets below. Combined with the video, you’ve got a quick and fun comprehensive lesson that can be completed in less than 10 minutes! Sometimes that’s all it takes to drive a message home for our young ones.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Halloween!

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Earth Song Activity Sheets

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In honor of Earth Day, on April 22, 2016, we’ve been reading books about our special planet and trying our best to be mindful so we can care for her. My kids and I really love Todd Parr’s picture book “Earth,” and it’s inspired me to create our own song, board book & video “This is the Earth,” to hopefully inspire young kids to love our planet and work together in caring for our beautiful home.

We are also super excited to introduce our very first guest star, Jojo the alien, played by Jono Eiland! Rocco meets him during his many space travels and brings him to Storytime with Annie & Rocco to tell him all about earth, a wonderful place to live. Jojo is excited to learn about earth and also share some stories about his own planet.  We had a blast working with Jono and filming at G-Collective Studios for our first time!

We truly hope you enjoy our newest video and watch it with your kids. Feel free to print our fun activity sheets to encourage the development of fine motor skills and you’ve got a complete lesson in less than 10 minutes!

Happy Earth Day, today and everyday.

 

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Letter Sound “S” Song – Activity Sheet

The Letter S

There’s nothing like sharing the joy and power of reading with a child.  It can be as rewarding for us parents, educators and caregivers, as it is for the child!

We love discovering new books and with each day my kids get closer and closer to recognizing all of the letter sounds in the alphabet.  In my attempt to create fun learning experiences for them, I’m super excited to be starting a series of Letter Sound videos utilizing playful and groovy songs along with simple imagery and alliteration.

We are kicking off the series with letters that make simple sounds, allowing for the ability to stretch and blend sounds.  Our first video is the “Letter ‘S’ Song”.  It features playful alliterations using “snakes,” “sailboats” and “salamanders”.

Watch the 3-minute video, combining picture books and musical hooks, with your child and then engage in the activity sheet for a complete lesson that can be done in less than 10 minutes.  Our pre-academic activity is focused on language arts, including letter identification, letter sound discrimination and developing fine motor skills associated with writing.

 

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Spring Song Pre-Academic Activity

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Spring is such a beautiful time of year. The warmth and sunshine find their way back into our hearts. The flowers and animals reunite, the grass stands tall and the trees see their leaves again. (Enter a super Spring Song, stage right!)

Sharing this appreciation with my kids slows things down a bit in this fast paced world.  It gives me a reason to stop, sit outside, enjoy the moment and just be grateful.

There’s so much to love about spring, I hope you enjoy our 3-minute video “What Do You Love About Spring?” and corresponding activity sheet with your kids.

In less than 10 minutes, your child can build knowledge, learn to identify spring flowers, animals, holidays, simple words and also engage in Language Arts with our pre-academic activity focused on letter identification, letter sound discrimination and fine motor skills associated with writing.

 

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Arctic Animals Pre-Academic Activities

Teaching young children about Arctic Animals develops an awareness and appreciation for the world and the animals that rely on its ecosystems. Our Arctic Animals video explores the survival mechanisms of the Polar Bear, Arctic Wolf, Arctic Hare and the Ribbon Seal.  Children take a trip to the top of the world and learn about the eating habits and general characteristics of these beautiful and powerful creatures.

Watch our fun Arctic Animals video and then engage your child in this pre-academic activity to improve fine motor skills:

Supplies:

Printer/Paper

Crayons

Scissors

Cotton Balls

Glue

 

Activity “Fur and Blubber – That Sounds Funny!”:

1) Print out the Polar Bear Activity Sheet

2) Ask your child if he/she remembers how the Polar Bear stays warm in the cold Arctic.

3) Instruct your child to color the Polar Bear’s skin tan or yellow to represent blubber.

4) Guild your child in cutting out the Polar Bear along the bold black line.

5) Guild your child in gluing the cotton balls on the Polar Bear to represent the fur.

6) Instruct your child to color the crown asking, “Who is king of the Arctic?”

 

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For more Arctic activities, print out our free coloring sheet, “S” for Sammy the Seal!

 

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