Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Our Week Through the Lenses of a Camera

 Lots of tomatoes - finally. Except this one ended up being stolen by the neighborhood squirrels.
Another one that made it to the table and not the squirrels dinner.
 Our Lavender is starting to bloom.
 Looks like the bees are still busy even during the rain.
 Sunflowers are getting ready to bloom.
 I see carrots that I didn't space out! Yummy!
All the lettuce is in full bloom and the honeybees are loving it. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Kids Songs TOS Crew Review



http://happykidssongs.com/
Parenting can be hard at times and our delightful children are not always so delightful. As parents we invest our whole heart and a lot of time to raise our children to use their manners, to have pleasant attitudes, and how to react in certain situations that arise in their lives. Sometimes teaching kids this life skill is not always fun. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a resource to teach them in a manner that is fun for both the kids and the parents? Have you heard of Happy Kids Songs? I was delighted to have an opportunity to review three song sets that I downloaded: Friends & Sharing,(Set 1) Happiness & Attitude (Set 5) and Manners & Character (Set 6) and the physical book of Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills.

This is geared for children 3-8, and slightly older children may likely enjoy it also. The Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social& Emotional Skills cost $12.56


Happy Kids Songs are available to download on MP3 or iTunes. You can burn the songs on CD or listen to them on your computer or tablet. There are actually 8 sets of songs. I am only reviewing 3 sets. Each set contains 5 songs on each.
 The songs are very upbeat and make you want to stand up and move around. It does have a few slower songs and they are also very entertaining. The music is very well thought out and very appropriate for each theme. The songs are not just one genre as each song is different to suit every ones favorite music style. The lyrics are simple and easy to learn and to follow along with. 

The songs are meant to encourage good character traits, manners, and emotions. All those life skills that children need to be taught that aren’t always easy for them to deal with.
 http://happykidssongs.com/buy-now/friends-sharing/
Friends & Sharing (Set 1) songs are $4.95 to download all 5 songs .

The songs titles and themes include:

Sailing on the Seven Cs- teaches the ingredients needed for friendship.

Everybody Wants to Find a Friend- helping to make friends by reaching out to others.

Sharing Friends- how can you include others in your play.

Happy as Happy Can Be- how to be happy with a friend.

Together-Sharing and saying goodbye.
http://happykidssongs.com/buy-now/happiness-attitude/
Happiness & Attitude (Set 5) songs are $4.95 to download 5 songs.

The songs titles and themes include:

Shake It Out and Dance-helping you change from I can’t too I can.

Who Knows What’s a Kudo?-Compliments and how to give them.

I Don’t Understand- Handling the hard things we can’t do.

Be Good to Yourself- How to make yourself happy.

Better Together- how to handle being apart after we have been together.
http://happykidssongs.com/buy-now/manners-character/
Manners & Character (Set 6) songs are $4.95 to download all 5 songs.

The songs titles and themes include:

H-O-N-S-T-Y- the value of being honest.

The Magic Word-using and learning our manners.

Quirks- We all have quirks and need to appreciate the differences.

The Golden Rule- how to be considerate to others.

Six Little Kids- Honoring others and how they see things different from us.
 http://happykidssongs.com/buy-now/

Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character,Social & Emotional Skills is a 125 page paperback book. The Happy Kids Songs Workbook has two sections. The first part is for the lyrics and activities for all the song sets with a total of 40 in all. Each area has corresponding activities to go along with the theme and a coloring page. You have coloring pages, word scrambles, and so many different things to choose from. The second part has lots of suggestions for activities to go along with different themes. Most of the activities are easy to assemble with items you can find around your house.

The nice thing with the Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills has a wonderful copyright that you can make copies for all of you kiddos. I want to honor God and respect those copyright laws and I am grateful to have permission to make copies when it is granted. They even allow you to make copies for a co-op or other functions. 

How did I use this?

I did this with my 8 year old son and my 11 year old daughter who has a lot of disabilities and not to mention a whole lot of behavioral issues. We listened to Happy Kids Songs at home while doing one of the many art activities found in the Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills . We did this several times a week. Sometimes I just put the music on while the kids where playing in the house.
Both of my kids enjoy coloring and doing crafts so they really enjoyed the workbook.

The songs are a mixed bag with what they liked. Bug my 11 year old loved all the songs and would try to sing them. She even danced and pretended she was playing the instruments at times.

My 8 year old son liked a few of them but he felt they are a little too young for him. However, I did catch him a few times singing along to the songs. He would of course deny it whole heartily.
I like that the workbook is a variety of activities. I am glad that the lyrics are included in the workbook. I would highly recommend that you invest in the Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills as it really made the program complete with the songs. This is a complete program that is really creative in teaching your kids good character, manners, social and emotional skills, responsibility, and respect.

I am very satisfied with the quality of the songs and workbooks. I don't know if I have a favorite song or one specific area that I liked the most. I just really enjoyed using this with my kids. It has been a fun program for my family. 

My only complaint is that I would love to have an option to buy the songs on a CD rather than mess with downloads as it’s just more convenient for me.
You can decide for yourself if this is a good fit for your family by listening to the free samples.

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