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.
I found this in my files and I thought it would be perfect to share with you today. I created this how-to awhile ago for a newsletter I sent out.
I show you how to make the star just like they say Betsy Ross did many years ago. This would be a great thing to show the kids. String a bunch of them together and you can make a decoration to hang across the room as you celebrate July 4th.
New! how to make a star video on youtube
Have fun making your Stars!
Click on image to download the pdf file
★★★★Then make a bunch of Stars ★★★★
I hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday weekend with family and friends.
Billy Gorilly Podcast For Kids
We’re sorry this episode is no longer available. To listen to New Episodes go here
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
No Kids at the library?
If you don’t want kids under 12 banned from the library you might want to read this blog at Twittermoms.com . There is a new law about childrens products and lead. This law would make it so the libraries would have to remove all the kids books or not let kids under 12 in the library.
This is the title of the press release from the ALA (american library association)
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2009
ALA Files Comments, Urges CPSC To
Exempt Libraries from Regulation Under
Consumer Product Safety Act
Here is the link to the press release click here
I for one love the libraries and feel they are so valuable to our community. This can’t happen. I know that the government is trying to keep kids safe, but is this to much?
Spread the word so this does not happen.
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Tagged children, kids, librarians, library programs, parents, story time resource
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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Tagged Be Creative at Your Library Song, kindergarden, kindergarten, librarians, Library program free resource, library programs, pre-school, preschool, Summer reading program resources
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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Tagged librarians, library, library programs, Library theme song
Podcast-Kids Learn How To Wash Hands
I decided to write this post when I was thinking back on an incident that happened to me a short time ago. I was at a well-known coffee house getting my caffeine fix. I placed my order and the barista then turned around and sneezed into both of his hands. Let me tell you we are talking a big juicy sneeze. He then wiped his hands on his apron and then wiped his nose again. There were probably 10 people in line behind me. I thought to myself wash your hands; you better wash your hands. He did not wash his hands and began making my drink. I was thinking OK do I say something in front of all these people or do I just ignore it and don’t worry about it. Well, he finished making the drinks as he wiped his nose again, then handed me the two drinks with his hands over the sipping hole. Yuck! I decided to stay quiet as not to make a scene. I walked out of the store and threw the drinks away. Side note: the store gave me vouchers for new drinks after I let them know what took place.
My point of this story is to point out how important washing your hands is. Washing your hands properly with plain soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid colds and flu. Not to mention the many other illnesses. As a Registered Nurse I have taken many classes on proper hand washing technique. In my early education there was a very memorable demonstration in one of the classes. We all had to sign into the class. We used the pen that was sitting on the form. At the end of the class the instructor turned out the lights and turned on a special lamp. There were spots glowing all over the classroom. We had it all over our hands, and on our face. The pen had a harmless dye on it representing germs. It showed us how the germs traveled. And how each of us had a part in that spread. This exercise was not designed to freak us out so we would never touch anything. Or to make us wash our hands so much they bleed. Thank goodness we have wonderful body’s and immune systems that take care of us if we take care of them. It only takes 15-20 seconds to wash, but it makes a huge difference.
Teaching Kids How To Wash Hands
If you would like a very fun way to teach little kids about hand washing I invite you to listen to this podcast.
Billy Gorilly’s Podcast for Kids episode #10 Sorry no longer available
On Billy’s podcast page you will find a link to a great hand washing poster for kids and a hand-washing guide for kids. The rules apply to adults as well.
I wish all of you a Happy Healthy Holiday Season,
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Tagged don't get colds and flu, don't get sick, hand washing, Kids hand washing podcast