Item description for The Singing Day (Festival Series) by Candy Verney...
This easy-to-follow songbook and CD offers practical tips to help parents and teachers find their voices when singing to small children. The Singing Day turns the child's daily routine into a magical musical journey---simple activities become the launch pad for fun and discovery through music and song.
According to Candy Verney, every parent is a special singer with a unique voice. Singing with babies and young children is one of the joys of being a parent and a gift that your children will cherish throughout life. And the songs are chosen for the simple reason that children love them!
This treasury includes: Lullabies to sooth * Songs for daily events---mealtimes, dressing, bathing, and more * Action songs, rhymes, singing games using fingers and toes to get things moving * Insights into how music helps children develop * Guidance for making up songs with children * Plus, the included CD helps you easily learn the tunes by heart!
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Candy Verney leads community choirs, and voice workshops for parents and has worked extensively with small children. She has a degree in music, has taught music in Waldorf schools, and consults on music in primary grades and kindergartens.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Singing Day (Festival Series)?
An absolute must have Jan 4, 2008
We bought this a month ago to add to our collection and it is definitely a favorite. Some of the songs are familiar and some of them are new to us. I have an eight month old, an eight yo and a thirteen yo - all boys - who are enjoying adding songs to our daily activities. Music and songs just make everything smoother.
"Again, Again, Again!" Excellent CD/Book Set - Much Loved & Makes for Great Road Trips Aug 13, 2007
THE SINGING DAY has been a fabulous find for us. We picked up a copy at a local store run by a Waldorf expert. We have absolutely loved THE SINGING DAY! My son just turned two. We bought THE SINGING DAY 5 months ago, and have gotten a lot of use out of it.
The illustrations are excellent. We have even spent time with our son talking about the cover illustration, which depicts events in a child's day. The black and white drawings inside are simple and appealing, and our child pages through the book to look at those as well.
THE SINGING DAY book contains simple music and verses for over 100 songs. When I say simple, I mean that the music shows the melody only. I can follow along using our little xylophone. The book also contains extra verses for many songs, so that once you learn a song, you can go to the book to learn more verses.
THE SINGING DAY CD is very nicely done. The singing is a capella (voice only), with almost always just one singer (though there several singers overall). The songs are grouped by time of day and activity, so you can work your way through, for example, a set of songs to sing while cleaning, doing errands, or the like. I think there is only one song that I do not much enjoy -- the singer seems to be trying to sing in a southern accent that sounds artificial to my southern ear. But that is a minor quibble. Overall, this is excellent work.
As a mother, I love having songs to share with my child for all these activities. My son loves to sing them with me, and has asked us to play the CD "again, again, again!" He has been a big fan of nursery rhymes and other rhymes, and these simple songs fit nicely with that.
Thank you to the authors and to the publisher, should any of you ever read this. Your book and CD have enriched our lives.
wonderful resource Jun 5, 2005
We are really enjoying the accapela CD. They have several different vioces, male and female. They can all be clearly understood, helpful when one doesn't read music. Great companion to the book! Over 100 songs and verses, it does included some short prayers and graces, although not professing any particular religion, instead simply spiritual. Personally I like them, but I know it is an issue for some. There was a huge varity of useful songs from those for greeting the day to cooking to washing hands to soothing hurts, and more. Before each section there is a quick introduction of how the following songs could be used, such as "to help with household activities". Wonderful for the under 10 set, best for those with kids in the preschool and lower grades.