Please welcome back Jennifer with this month’s What We’re Listening To feature.
As September rolls around, and summer really feels like it’s coming to an end in many places throughout the world; many of us are starting to hear the buzz of a new school year beginning. I don’t have school-age children, and it’s been quite some time since I’ve been a part of that back to school buzz personally, but I still love to get caught up in the nostalgia of a new school year, even if I have to do so vicariously through other people’s children or even a fresh box of crayons for our own home.
This month’s selection has a school-vibe to it that should get everyone in “back to school mode” whether someone in your family is going this month or not. If you hear mention of the 3 R’s and you automatically think about Reading, Writing and Arithmetic then I’m afraid it’s definitely back to school for you! Don’t worry you won’t have to pack a lunch, just pop some new tunes in your music player and learn that theses days the 3 R’s stand for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
You’ll find this and other school-inspired songs on a delightful album by one of my favorite artists, Jack Johnson: “Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George.” Even if you haven’t seen the film your family will love the singable songs on this album. Your kids will learn without even realizing it when they’re singing about making friends, trying new things, sharing and of course recycling. It brings a smile to my face when my son is singing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with abandon! Since it looks more and more like being environmentally aware is becoming a way of life for this generation, I love that we can get started reinforcing those ideas with our kids early and in such a fun way!
I absolutely have to recommend that you try out Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George (Jack Johnson)
The majority of the songs are for upbeat fun with a few tracks at the end that fit the lullaby theme, but not to any extreme that you can’t enjoy the whole album when you’re wide awake! I encourage those parents who haven’t heard of this artist before, as you may find yourself pleasantly surprised and adopt one of your kid’s favorite musicians as your own.
Listening samples and a free video are available on Jack Johnson’s webpage for this album.
While you’re there, check out Banana Pancakes on “In Between Dreams” it’s another favorite in our house!
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What are you listening to with your kids?