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Learning Basic Skills Through Music Vol. 1
on August 30, 2001
As a pre-k, kindergarten teacher since 1986, I have used Hap Palmer's music extensively, and "Learning Basic Skills Through Music Vol. 1" has been one of my student's all-time favorites. Their favorite from this collection of original songs, year after year, is "Marching Around the Alphabet". Even though LBSTM Vol. 1 was relaeased in 1969, the recordings are still as fresh and usable as they were 30 years ago, with attention catching tunes and relevant skill building tools for early learners. (Hap REALLY has staying power!) The songs are ready to go from the first time they are used, with little or no prep time (tip: use alphabet cards with Marching Around the Alphabet), and need minimal or no parent/teacher direction. If you are new to Hap Palmer, start here and branch out! He has music geared to every learning need, including abc's, colors, opposites, feelings, health and safety, vocabulary building, shapes, numbers, emergent letter sound recognition, spatial concepts (I could go on and on), with the added attraction of being great music! Good choices would be: "Easy Does It", with the mega-hit "Tap Your Sticks"; Getting to Know Myself, featuring "Sammy"; "Ideas, Thoughts and Feelings", with the great "Letter Sounds" songs; LBSTM Vol. 2, which includes my fav, "Parade of Colors"; "Sally the Swinging Snake, (do the "Wiggy Wiggy Wiggles" with YOUR little one; you'll feel like your four and love it!); "Walter the Walzing Worm", (dance with Walter, he's not slimey!); and Witches' Brew", which includes the ALL TIME NUMBER ONE HIT with the kids, "Scamper". All I can say is, Hap Palmer's music is the standard by which all children's music, educational or otherwise, should be judged.