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Looking for Music CD's for grade one
Old 07-29-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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Hi...I am always looking for good singing/action CD's for my students. I have the usual...Charlotte Diamond, Steve & Greg, Raffi,...I have recently discovered Denise Gagne...the kids love some of her songs..also have Katherine Dine's Hunktabunkta. We have only managed to master one of her songs. I find, that while I love the lyrics..the children find them a little too long ...especially since most of them are not reading well enough until later in the year. I would appreciate any suggestions.


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I love to sing with my kids...
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There's Dr. Jean, Laurie Berkner, Wee Sing and Beth Pergola (a local lady, but I've found her songs on Walmart and other places.

As for individual songs, I like
The Little Stuff by Marlo Thomas (Thanks and Giving All Year Long CD)
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
I Can Sing a Rainbow (originally done by Andy Williams, but remade)
Sing by The Carpenters (also found on Sesame Street)
My Favorite Snack by the Imagination Movers (a couple of years old, but my kids love it!)
Do, Re, Mi

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Old 07-29-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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I found some of the best c.d.'s at the Dollar Store. There were three or four with all of the common nursery rhymes and lullaby's as well as a few classical instrumental ones. My kiddos LOVED them!
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Wow you guys are really quick...thanks a bunch..I'm going to google those names right away...keep thinking
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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My kids love anything by Mr. Al. He came to our school a few years ago and he actually has a degree in education. He, like Dr. Jean, has a wide selection of cds. I think I have them all!


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Have you ever heard of Mr. Billy? He even has songs that go along with the 6 traits of writing.
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My kids love
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Dr. Jean's Silly Songs. The first few times they listen to the cd, I get some really goofy looks from the kids during a couple of the songs. It cracks me up!
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For listening and fun I like the Curious George sound track by Jack Johnson he does a cute song on sharing and another on recycling.
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Jim Gill!! He is our favorite. He has 6 or 7 CDs, but our favorite one is the yellow one. I think it is called Silly Songs. My daughter and I actually just saw him in concert last Friday. I highly recommend him!! He has a webpage....just good him.
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I've never heard of Mr. Al and Mr. Billy before! I checked them out--great stuff! Time to add to my repatoir (sp?)

We're Dr. Jean fanatics at my school. All three first grade classes would get together in my room after lunch recess on Wednesdays for about 20 minutes of "Dance Party Sensation!". I'd use my ipod with a Dance Party playlist and we'd sing and dance to Tarzan, Dinosaur Boogie, The Cool Bear Hunt, Hello Neighbor, Pepperoni Pizza, Peanut Butter, etc. Oh! Can't forget the Tooty Ta or Grandma at the Fair and Button Factory! Too much fun....



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Thank you all so much!!! I'm going to splurge and buy some new CD's ...I had so much fun listening to all the different music today and imagining some of the actions we could do to them. I decided that even though some songs are a bit long for the one's to master at first, we could always do actions and then sing to the chorus. I though you all might be interested in the Cd's I'm going to purchase. I found one that wasn't mentioned that I really liked as well. So here's my list so far:
HunkTABunkTABoo by Katherine Dines
Hullabaloo - Sing Along with Sam (sounds fun to sing)
Dan Dan Doodlebug by Dan MacKenzie (I like some of the songs I heard)
Imagination Movers - Good Ideas
Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Songs & Other Contagious Tunes

If there are any other suggestions...pass them on.. this is one of the parts I LOVE ABOUT BEING A TEACHER..sharing with others
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I listen to U2, Jack Johnson, mo-town, and jazz in my classroom. I found a great CD called Jazz for Kids. It's got some great classics and I don't find it annoying (I can't stand "kid" music!)

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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a favorite in my classroom. He has awesome educational songs that get teh class rockin! He has even come to our school to perform twice - the kids always love his shows and he has a message in each one. Another favorite for us is Jim Gill. He has also performed for our school.
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Stephen Fite rocks
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Thank you so much. Another great find. I can see the boys just loving this CD. I chose the titled Rock The Day Away. Let's see by now with shipping I've spent $80.00 on CD's and I think I just might splurge a bit more. When I'm having a rough day I always add a little extra music time in. Makes us all feel happy. I'm still ready to buy more so please keep the ideas coming. We can help each other.
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:31 PM
 
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Can you get the Dr. Jean cd's anywhere but online? We used them a lot when I was student teaching, and the kids loved them! But I would definately like to purchase some for my classroom!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:41 PM
 
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I love that CD and my kids loved it too. Their faves were "Yes We have no Bananas" and "There ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens" They would beg to sing them and I would hear them singing to themselves sometimes during work time!
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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Teachers and students alike love Vitamin L in my school - the group comes to our school every year or two to sing for us - great character ed songs with catchy tunes - Probably each teacher and student in my school knows "I wanna walk a mile in your shoes" hehe - you can google the group.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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the Putamayo series?

I have the multicultural playground one and my kids love it

Any classical music as well. Great for WW in particular

My kiddoes lalso oved listening to HSM and HSM 2 CD as well as the Enchanted Soundtrack.

My own 2 are 6 years old and we just picked up CAmp Rock CD. Can't wait to bring that one to school as well.

Curious, any other soundtracks others would suggest? (BTW - I love Curious George soundtrack as well. His voice is just so soothing)
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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I just found Stephen Fite's and Jim Gill's cds at the library. I'm going to copy them. That's a less expensive option.

I especially love Stephen Fite!
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I wish I could find them at the library or even in the local stores here...can't find any of them. I live in B.C., Canada...don't know if that makes a differences in the availibility of these CD's or not..I've be looking up the music through CD Baby. Have been able to look at every CD that has been mentioned except for Dr. Jean. Any ideas on how to get her CD.
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I like the curious george soundtrack by Jack Johnson also... amazing, kids love the songs, and they are great....

My kids learned With my Own two hands (originally a reaggea style by Ben Harper). The version is great, great message. They also learn some simple sign language when singing it. i think we used it as a prayer service(not a religious song though). I went all out... we used it for our honoring the teachers prayer service. We made hero tshirts with each teacher's (in the whole school) picture and sang about the message in every teachers heart and how they help teach the kids to change the world. crying is always involved somewhere in the audience.


My students loved to perform. thank goodness because we had prayer services almost every month. For our last one we sang Saying Good bye from the Muppets Take Manhatten. We honored our graduating fifth graders! toooooo cute.


Veggietales Silly songs work well too, but some have religious themes. not the silly songs usually.
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Milkshake anyone?
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I love them and I play their CD often.
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You have to get Ron Brown! He has a ton, a lot of them are math centered. Math concepts 1 and 2 are great ones for first. It has catchy fun songs for skip counting, place value, the doubles, etc. We love him at my school!
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I love using Jack Hartman's cds with my kids. Since we are an urban school, the kids love the hip-hop sound of the songs. I have purchased his "discounted" cds for half the price. Some of the songs that he should say "z, " he insteads says "zed" as they say in Australia. No big deal. If you are singing the song with the kids, you just say "z" louder than Jack says "zed!" They are fun songs!

One of our favorite Dr. Jean's songs is "Who let the letters out?" They LOVE it!
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