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Musical Mondays: Halloween Howlers

Halloween is just a week away! Costumes, decorations, candy and trick or treating! Want to add some musical fun to your Halloween celebrations? Here are 3 songs your kids are sure to get your kiddos howling!

Song: Halloween Dance

Artist: Christopher "Zondaflex" Tyler

Where to Buy: iTunes

Why I love it: Mr. Chris is back with a fun Hip Hop Halloween song your kids are sure to love! For any of my readers that are elementary/Jr.High teachers this would be a great song to use for a Halloween Line Dance in your physical education classes (see the video below). The steps could also be modified for preschool aged kids (definitely one I will be pulling out at J'Adore Dance!). Again Mr.Chris takes the Hip Hop beats your kids love but writes lyrical content that is kid/parent friendly (and not too scary!). 

Musical Monday: Hip Hop tunes for Totz

There is no doubt that tots love the strong beats and high energy of hip hop and pop music. But are you concerned about the content in a lot of popular music? Not wanting junior to repeat some of the less then "grandma friendly" lyrics at your next family brunch? Here are some of my favourite tot friendly Hip Hop music picks, sure to keep them busting a move AND singing along to without raising any eyebrows. 

Song: Hip Hop Exercises

Album: It's Hip Hop Baby: Fruit!

Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Musical Mondays: Songs for Sleepy Time

My girls have been listening to music while falling sleep since the days they were born (maybe before that is you count the music they heard in the womb!). Music is a big part of our nightly routine. It is a constant that I can pretty much provide no matter the situation. We have traveled across the world, but with my trusty iPod in hand our music comes with us, ensuring peaceful sleep for all in foreign hotel rooms. Maybe it is because I am a worrier, but I have always found it easier to shut my mind off and drift to sleep with music playing. Here are a few of our favorite songs for sleepy time.

Song: In the Land of Dreams

Artist: Kesang Marstrand

Where to Buy: J'Adore Dance, Putumayo Kids

Musical Mondays: There was a Crocodile... Audiation Songs

There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o!

B I N G O!

B I N G O!

B I N G O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

Many of us would have grown up singing Bingo. As you read the words above chances are you were singing along in your head. If you know the song you also know that as the song goes on, letters of Bingos name are replaced with claps. But did you know as you are singing in your head or replacing words with claps you are audiating?

Audiation is the process of mentally hearing music, even when no sound is present. i.e., thinking a song in your head, clapping a rhythm pattern from a song while thinking it in your head, doing actions or movements while thinking a song in your head. 

Musical Mondays- Songs for the Summer!

Summer brings hours of playing in the sun, frolicking in sprinklers, sticky popsicles fingers, blowing bubbles, and chalking up the neighbourhood sidewalks! But what do you do when the forecast calls for rain for a week? Bring the beach party into the house! Whether you're trying one of the 50 Creative Ideas for Summer Fun or just need to dose to Daily Dance Parties, here are some tunes that will keep the sun shining in your heart.

Song: Wipe Out

Artist: The Ventures

Where to buy: iTunes 

Musical Mondays- Kid's Songs Adults Love Too!

I think I know every word to every Raffi and Sharon, Lois, and Bram song. Seriously... Every. Single. ONE!  And although I have many fond memories of listening to these songs with my girls and throughout my own childhood, sometimes Mama needs music, that well, is more for Mama! I'm sure you can agree, there is only so much shaking sillies out and skinna-merinky-dinky-dink even the most saintly parent can take. So here are a few of my compromise songs. These songs still get the A+ rating for being for the kids, but secretly I might love them more!

Song: The Rainbow Connection

Artist: Sarah McLachlan  

Where to buy it: iTunes

Musical Mondays- Action Songs

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes..... If you have a child over the age of 1 you probably know this song. And you probably know that kids LOVE action songs! As a dance teacher I love using  action songs to fine tune gross motor skills. Action songs provide the repetition that young children crave and also support memory development and recall.

As a parent I love action songs because they are fast and easy on rainy, snowy, or too hot to play outside days. Whether your a parent, teacher, child care provider, or dance educator action songs can be a great way to get moving with limited space and resources. I hope you enjoy a few of my favourites!

Song: There Came a Girl From France

Artist: Raffi (Album: Corner Grocery Store)

Where to Buy: iTunes, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon  and most public libraries will also have his cds in their children's music section

Musical Mondays: Start and Stop Music

Over the next few weeks I will share some of my favourite activity songs for young children. Dancing at home is a fun, inexpensive way to keep your kids active. But sometimes it can be hard to plan activities to go along with the music. These songs provide a simple way to get your kids (and hopefully you too) moving and grooving just by following the music. Each week I'll focus on a different kind of activity song. 

Start and Stop Music:

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