Scientifically Terrific: They Might Be Giants

The following is by music reviewer Jennifer Brown.

School is officially in.  For many of you, you’ve been in back-to-school mode for so long it no longer has that new pencil smell or feel.   If you need something to shake up your school days a little, then look no further than one of my favorite bands whose educational lyrics had me hooked way back at my first review:  They Might Be Giants.

Their latest release for children Here Comes Science was on my wish list for 2010, and it’s proven to be a terrific addition to our music collection! They Might Be Giants doesn’t disappoint with their brain powering lyrics.  This album’s collection of songs set out to expound our knowledge about the world of science. [Read more…]

Hit the Playground With Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier

The following is by music columnist Jennifer Brown.

So there was once a time when I prided myself on knowing all of the words to Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice–don’t judge me too harshly I was 12, it was popular and I had a lot of time on my hands.

Today, I know just about every word to Recess Money’s latest release The Final Funktier. I guess it’s still a matter of popularity, as ever since we popped this CD into our car I often get a request for “the space album.”

Recess Monkey

I’d never heard of Recess Monkey until this album arrived in my mailbox, but now that I’m a fan in my own right, I can see why this Seattle based group has had such success. 

The Final Funktier is their sixth album release; and this band, comprised of three elementary school teachers, has truly managed to capture the essence of this stage of life. [Read more…]

Children’s Birthday Parties – Right Off of the Bookshelf!

The following is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

For my birthday this year I’m going to have _____.” What parent of a young child hasn’t heard that phrase?  Birthday parties are a big deal among the younger set.  It didn’t take long for my first child to realize that birthdays equals cake, presents & parties.

On those special years, when you really want to celebrate, and celebrate big, where do you go for inspiration?  Where do you turn for a party theme that highlights your child’s interests and keeps you out of the prepackaged party aisle?

Off of the Bookshelf

I’d like to suggest that you look no further than your child’s bookshelf, as a dear friend and I did for our children’s parties recently. [Read more…]