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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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Fourth of July – Free Download

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Independence Day celebrations can be a great opportunity to introduce young children to the symbolism and beauty of America.  Toddlers especially may need a little prepping prior to witnessing a spectacular fireworks display.  The booming sounds may frighten young ears, while explosions in the sky may be overwhelming for little eyes.

Our Fourth of July video for kids familiarizes viewers with booming fireworks, the American Flag, a marching band in a parade, the Statue of Liberty and a space shuttle.  Download the song and listen to the marching band with your toddler and hear the crackling of fireworks to help their little ears become increasingly comfortable with the associated sounds!

To download the audio track:

  1. Click on Fourth of July song
  2. Right click on the page and select “Save As”
  3. Select your destination preference (Desktop, Folder, etc)
  4. Save your file

Lyrics:
It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Wave your flag high
It’s the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Wave your flag high
It’s the 4th of July

The American flag
Has colors so bright
There’s red
There’s blue
There’s white

We celebrate at the parade
A space shuttle is coming this way

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Wave your flag high
It’s the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Wave your flag high
It’s the 4th of July

The American flag is high in the sky
There’s stars so bright and stripes
We celebrate fire works at night
The bright colors light up the sky

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Light up the sky
It’s the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Light up the sky
It’s the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Light up the sky
It’s the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July
It’s the 4th of July
Light up the sky
It’s the 4th of July

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Goodnight – Free Download

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This is a great tune to add to your bedtime prep arsenal. When the kids are sound asleep, they are the perfect vision of innocence and love; their beautiful faces glow in the moonlight. It’s certainly not obvious that just a few moments prior, the battle of the bedtime blues was in full effect!  Let’s face it, putting the kids to sleep can sometimes be the worst part of the day for parents, it’s not always an easy task.

Establishing good bedtime routines can be a helpful way of easing your toddler into slumber. Help your child identify with Teddy as he puts on his pajamas, goes to the potty and brushes his teeth.

Bedtime could be a wonderful time to connect with your little one as you send them off into dreamland. It takes time and consistency (and of course a TON of patience). Hopefully this song and video book can help along the way!

To download the audio track:

  1. Click on Goodnight Song
  2. Right click on the page and select “Save As”
  3. Select your destination preference (Desktop, Folder, etc)
  4. Save your file

Lyrics:

Goodnight, it’s time to go to sleep
The moon whispers to me
Rest your head, now go to sleep
Goodnight, it’s time to dream

I put on my pajamas
So soft, so comfy
Now it’s time to go potty
and then I brush my teeth

I pick out a book I want to read
I snuggle with my daddy
He reads the story just for me
Then sings a song sweetly

Now it’s time to cuddle with ducky
Daddy tucks me in just right
We are thankful for our wonderful day
And then we hug goodnight

Goodnight, it’s time to go to sleep
The moon whispers to me
Rest your head, now go to sleep
Goodnight, it’s time to dream

Watch Video Book: Goodnight, It’s Time To Go To Sleep

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My Daddy & Me – Free Download

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Add this tune to your playlist for the kids and prep your little ones for some one-on-one time with dad in the great outdoors! What will they find? A sneaky little squirrel? A beautiful butterfly? A busy little bee? How about a rock to add to the growing collection? Adventure is abound!

To download the audio track:

  1. Click on My Daddy & Me Song
  2. Right click on the page and select “Save As”
  3. Select your destination preference (Desktop, Folder, etc)
  4. Save your file

Play it loud and dance around!

Lyrics:

My daddy and me are on a walk today
My daddy and me on a beautiful day
My daddy and me are on a walk today
My daddy and me on a beautiful day

Oh look a squirrel!
It climbs up a tree
It’s fun to see
Just my daddy and me

Oh look, a butterfly
Passes on by
It’s colorful wings
Makes me want to sing

There’s a honeybee
In the flowers near by
It’s buzzing and buzzing
As it flies by

Daddy finds me a rock
So shiny and smooth
I search high and low
to find him one too!

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

My daddy and me
Just my daddy and me
How much fun it could be
Just my daddy and me

My daddy and me
Just my daddy and me
How much fun it could be
Just my daddy and me

My daddy and me
Just my daddy and me
How much fun it could be
Just my daddy and me

My daddy and me
Just my daddy and me
How much fun it could be
Just my daddy and me

Watch My Daddy & Me Video

 

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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

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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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Insects – Free Download

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We are so excited that our Insects Video has hit 1,000 views!  As a thank you to all of our awesome viewers, please enjoy a free audio download of the Insects Song.

To download the audio track:

  1. Click on Insects Song
  2. Right click on the page and select “Save As”
  3. Select your destination preference (Desktop, Folder, etc)
  4. Select and “Save”

Play it loud and dance around!

Insect appreciation helps to create environmental awareness which can lead to the understanding of ecosystems and ultimately the innate desire to preserve the natural world.

Sing it with the kids!
Lyrics:
Insects, Insects
Insects, all around!
Up in the sky, down on the ground
Some like to fly, some crawl over town

Lori is a ladybug, red and black
She eats aphids for a snack
She can crawl and she can fly
Lori the ladybug says good-bye

Drago the dragonfly is bright blue
He eats flies and mosquitoes too
He moves fast so he can feed
Watch him go at top speed!

Gary is a grasshopper, green and brown
Eating grass all over town
He can hop very far and fast
Where is Gary?
Hiding in the grass!

Ferris is a firefly, black and yellow
Her tail lights up, see how it glows
Resting with her friends in the shrubs down low
Ferris and her friends say “Hello!”

Allison the ant is black and brown
She eats anything around
Searching for food for her colony
Allison the ant is strong as can be!

 

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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!

 

Coloring Sheet S