2011 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings — Nominated Titles
All of us here at BillyGorilly.com are proud and honored to have
Billy Gorilly – Rockin’ the SchoolHouse, Vol.2 included as part of the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Nominations Discussion List for 2011.
We’d like to thank and praise all the committee members for their tireless work auditioning countless submissions and compiling the list. We would also like to congratulate all the winners.
We look forward to 2011 being another year filled with educating and engaging children through our recordings and encouraging them to reach their full potential by becoming life-long learners.
We’re also very happy to announce that we’ve added Follett Library Resources/Book Wholesalers Inc. as one of our official distributors.
If you have any other questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
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When I was approached about the possibility of a guest post I was hesitant. After reading the content I happily said, YES.
Guest Post by: Angelita Williams
Ever get a song stuck in your head and couldn’t get it out? Wouldn’t it be great if the material your children learn in class got stuck in their heads as well? Music is a great way to teach school lessons to young children. Why? Because the rhythmic melodies help otherwise boring facts and figures get “stuck” in their young brains right alongside the catchy tune. Truth be told, it would still work quite well in high school if most teens weren’t suddenly too cool to sing in class.
Music has long been called a mnemonic device, which is just a fancy word for learning aid. Other common mnemonic devices have included poems (think: “I before E, except after C” or “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November”). Growing up, I learned the 50 U.S. states through a long and clever song that I can still recall word for word today as an adult. When I went to a private religious school, I was made to memorize the books of the Bible in order (there are 66) using a song, which also remains in my head as an adult. Since then, I have learned that students have memorized all of the U.S. presidents, the Preamble to the Constitution and numerous other bits of educational information through song. Who would have thought?
After doing a little snooping around on unique ways teachers are using music and song to aid in the learning process in school, I stumbled upon an excellent Scholastic article where one teacher said she was even able to use songs to aid in the memorization of mathematic principles! Students would find themselves humming to themselves during tests in class, something along the lines of “mean, median, range and mode.”
Turns out that in their training, teachers had been encouraged to use songs to teach mathematic principles that must be committed to memory. Reading this took me back to third grade, where I remember struggling a great deal to memorize the multiplication tables as my teacher drilled me over and over. I would have loved to use a song to help me learn.
I wonder why our educational system widely embraces the use of song for pre-school aged children and kindergarteners (think: “Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes”), but abandons the concept when children progress to higher grades. I couldn’t help thinking about how beneficial learning through music and song could be for children beyond elementary school. It could also work wonders for parents who are travelling professionals with children in tow and have chosen to home school their children on the road.
How do you use music and song as an educational tool for your children?
This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online college courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.
Billy Gorilly Podcast For Kids
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Are you trying to teach a child the colors in a rainbow
or Letter sounds?
or maybe the concept of
Big, Small, or Hardly There At All
• COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
• BIG, SMALL, OR HARDLY THERE AT ALL
• LETTER SOUNDS (J-R)
Listen on your computer right from Billy’s website or download the podcast to your iPod. You can let your child listen any time they want. Play it in the car and you have a rolling schoolhouse. No boring sleepy songs here.
Billy Gorilly also offers worksheets and activity pages to go along with each segment of the podcast.
In very simple terms a podcast is an audio file that is transferred over the internet for your listening pleasure.
Billy’s podcasts are FREE, less than 15 minutes long, and feature 3-4 songs and or stories. You may even hear some of Billy Gorilly’s pals from the Candy Appletree Woods on the podcast.
Sorry this podcast no longer available. Get Billy Gorilly’s new podcast here
I would love to hear how you use music or this podcast to help educate your kids.
Please feel free to leave me a comment or share this post.
Flying Kitten Music
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Billy Gorilly’s podcast for Kids
I just wanted to send out a little reminder about Billy’s Podcast 17. If you have not listened yet come on over and check it out. This podcast will teach children the letters sounds of (A-I) as they sing along with Billy and his pals from the Candy Appletree Woods. Kids will also learn the parts of a house as they make a list. The kidlets will be sure to have a smile as they learn to count by fives. You can also get free printable worksheets to go along with each segment. You can listen right on you computer or download to your iPod. If you subscribe on iTunes you will get updates automatically. It doesn’t cost a thing so you have nothing to lose.
We are currently working on Podcast 18. We will have it ready for you to enjoy around Sept. 5. Maybe a little sooner.
Until next time…
Keep Smiling, Singing, and Learning
and you can make everyday
Don’t be shy and leave a comment. If you have a great way you use the podcast to entertain and teach your child or class tell us about it. We would love to hear.
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How Do You Like to Be Creative?
I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. I know everyone is really busy getting everything ready for this years Summer Library Program.
Let the kids color as they gear up for the summer library reading program Be Creative @ Your Library with a free coloring page from Billy Gorilly. “How Do You Like to be Creative?” The file also contains a template for two different bookmarks
Be Creative @ Your Library Free resource coloring page
Listen to Billy Gorilly’s Podcast episode 16. The first segment features Billy Gorilly and Mrs. Flicker Fireflybrarian promoting the summer reading program. They want to get the kids excited about going to the library. There are 3 other sections of the podcast where kids will learn how to count backwards, listen to the story of the “Oxen and The Lion” told Billy Gorilly style, and the song Do You Know What Time it is? This podcast is perfect for children 3-6.
Listen to Billy Gorilly Podcast for Kids episode 16 click here
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Tagged children, kids, librarians, library programs, Music and Activities for Kids, podcast, reading, story time resource, summer, teachers
Be Creative at Your Library
I have been working on a project for the Summer Library Reading Program called Be Creative @ Your Library. I don’t work for the library. I am creating materials to go with a theme song for the library program. If you would like to hear the song you can listen here.
All this got me thinking….
How many parents still take their children to the library?
I remember my mom taking me to the library when I was a little kid. I also remember walking to the library (now we drive the kids) when I was old enough. There is something about holding the books in your hand that the computer can’t give you. I remember walking out of the library with my stack of books feeling like I just won a big prize. I still love going to the library. I will go and pick up several books. Most of the time I don’t go in with a specific topic in mind. I just wander around until I find something that seems interesting.
Do you take your children to the library? if you do, how often do you go? Share your library experiences.
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Creative Minds Make
The Ordinary… Extraordinary!
I just wanted to send out a quick note to my friends. I have just finished uploading Billy Gorilly’s free promotional song for the summer library program “Be Creative at Your Library”. I am really excited about it. The song is really catchy and very fun. I know the kids will love it. Take a listen click here I will be letting you know more about Billy Gorilly’s new CD coming soon! billygorilly.com
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Grammy Nominations Best Children’s Music Album 2008
I am very excited to let you know our Album “Billy Gorilly – Happy Birthday Gertie” is on the ballot for nomination consideration for Best Musical Album for Children in the 2008 Grammys!
Please take a listen at iLike. We would love to have you as a new fan.
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