(PRWEB) April 07, 2013
Don’t tell Cathy Jeanes that school isn’t fun. She’s been a teacher’s aide in Vancouver and a fully fledged teacher in Ontario. She has sung in choirs and taught music to budding young singers and musicians – she knows how uplifting and enjoyable music can be, especially so for eager, enthusiastic youngsters.
When Cathy was a child, she was fortunate – and delighted – to be part of a loving, tightly knit musical family. Her Mom played songs on the piano and sometimes her Irish tenor Dad would join Cathy and her five siblings in song, merriment and beautiful evenings of family bonding. Cathy grew up with a wonderful appreciation of the power of song – and also the powers of the wonders of nature. It was her Grandma and Grandpa who brought the love of the outdoors into Cathy’s life.
Well, Cathy’s a grandmother now – and she would love nothing more than to pass along her appreciation for music and nature to subsequent generations of young students. She’s an author now, too, and has just released a lovely collection of songs and poems entitled Spring Songs by the Dozen. She describes Spring Songs this way: “A book of delightful songs for young singers, including some creepy-crawly songs and chants!”
Well, that’s pretty much a perfect recipe to engage the imagination of children. Do kids love those fun little ditties about grasshoppers and spiders and bumblebees and caterpillars? Of course, they do! Do they love nature and the songs and poems about forests and flowers and the arrival of sunshine and spring? Yes, again.
Spring Songs by the Dozen is aimed primarily at youngsters who are just about to begin their school years all the way up to those in and around Grade 6. It’s a wonderful language-education and language-appreciation primer for both parents and teachers and, along the way, it engages youngsters in group musical activity.
On the language-education side of the ledger, Spring Songs includes 32 poems that can be used readily – by both parents and teachers – for language study. On the musical side are 16 Spring Songs and a further 16 Creepy-Crawly songs. Included in the publication is a 32-song CD compiled and performed by the author.
As Cathy very aptly suggests, Spring Songs by the Dozen will set free the imagination of your children. Ideas will abound, she says, when the curiosity of children is unleashed whether the publication is used in a language-arts environment or for nature study, music instruction, creative dance or art class.
In that regard, Spring Songs is not only fun and remarkably engaging, but also valuable. It’s a learning tool, one that makes learning an exercise in creative, shared enjoyment.
Spring Songs by the Dozen
by Cathy Jeanes