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Quiet Songs Teach Children to rest and relax

Quiet Songs for Young Children

May 13, 2016

When you stop to think of all of the physical, emotional, social, mental and sensory stimulation young children encounter in early group learning environments, it is easy to see why designated “rest time” is necessary. When children are naturally inquisitive, energetic, easily excited and enthusiastic, it is fairly easy to encourage active play/work. When they are […]

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Music Classes for Babies: 4 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sign Up!

May 7, 2016

Participating in music classes for babies is one of the many ways in which we can stimulate brain development through musical exposure…and getting together regularly with a group of other caregivers and babies can benefit you both in so many other ways. Before joining a class, it’s important to be informed about the different styles and […]

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Circle Time Songs that Teach

Circle Time Songs That Teach!

April 18, 2016

Circle Time: One of the most valuable opportunities for group learning and engagement in an early childhood learning environment. Designing one’s “lesson presentation” can be challenging, however-especially when conveying information in a way that can be effectively interpreted by a spectrum of learning styles. You can read about the 7 different learning styles in children in […]

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Calendar Time Songs!

Calendar Time Songs: Teaching Days, Months and Weather

April 10, 2016

Whether to incorporate Calendar Time into children’s daily learning experience is a bit of a “hot topic” right now. Do you set aside a specific time during your schedule to discuss calendar concepts? How do you teach the days of the week, months of the year and the weather? As an early childhood educator, I have […]

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Children’s Music for Rest and Relaxation

March 12, 2016

Children’s Music for Rest and Relaxation can be used as an effective tool in helping children establish, strengthen and manage their own self-regulation. Knowing how to help oneself relax and focus is a healthy foundation for managing/coping with stress. As much as music has the power to generate excitement and make kids want to get up and move, […]

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The USA Song: Learn and Memorize all 50 States!

March 5, 2016

Looking for a USA Song to help kids learn and memorize all 50 States? Look no further than my YouTube channel, “Music With Nancy”: “The USA Song” is a direct, to-the-point, no-nonsense song–the lyrics to this song are the names of all 50 States: From Maine to Alaska! The colourful video, by animator and artist […]

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Action Songs That Get Little Ones Moving!

Songs With Actions That Teach Babies and Toddlers

February 13, 2016

Babies and Toddlers can learn so much from action songs…and bouncy, circulation-moving tunes don’t just make the experience more fun and good exercise, an action that associates with a word teaches language.   Bouncing and moving rhythmically captivates babies’ attention. An action that involves moving hands, feet, legs and arms provides the opportunity for little ones to participate in a song […]

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Pocket chart songs for young children

Songs for Pocket Charts

November 26, 2015

My songs and pocket charts are a perfect match! A pocket chart is a piece of fabric that hangs on the classroom wall, designed with multiple long, parallel, horizontal, clear strips of plastic from top to bottom, resembling a piece of lined paper. Pocket charts are an excellent tool for daily schedules, teaching letters, words, sentence structure, story writing, patterning, […]

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Songs About Fingers and Hands (“Finger Plays”)

November 20, 2015

Songs involving actions using fingers and hands, or “Finger Plays” are always fun at circle time. Moving little fingers around, isolating individual fingers’ movements and making shapes with fingers make for good fine motor exercise while having fun. I have a few “finger and hand” songs with actions that can be varied in complexity to […]

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Nancy Kopman Song Lyrics

Lyrics to Nancy Kopman’s Music

October 12, 2015

When your students/children follow along with the lyrics to my songs, they are reinforcing reading skills: Recognizing the direction in which the English language is read/written Observing accurate spelling, learning punctuation/symbols and, although I love hearing  kids make up their own lyrics to my songs: They will see the exact words I am singing in my […]

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Sing The Canada Song for Canada’s 150th–and Learn about Canada!

November 23, 2014

Canadians are singing about Canada’s 150th “birthday”…but can you sing “The Canada Song”? My suggestion for making learning about Canada fun for young children? A song (and video) that helps them remember the names of the provinces and territories! I can guarantee that you’ll be singing it, too! Music makes remembering things SO much easier…and this video accompaniment to […]

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