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Sep 25, 2020

Want to see real life professional musicians sharing their instruments in kid friendly ways? We have partnered with professional classical musicians from around the country who do an amazing job of teaching little ones about music. Not only do they explain things in clear, concise, and fun ways, they also play short excerpts of great classical pieces, giving our little ones a mini concert experience that they can handle. This video shows snippets from the full length videos that can be found in our Monthly Music Courses! 

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Nursery Rhymes! (Cognitive Development)

Sep 08, 2020

How do nursery rhymes promote cognitive development? Well, it depends upon the nursery rhyme!

Some teach the skill of sequencing by telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end. (Ex. Little Miss Muffet, Three Little Kittens, Jack and Jill)

Some teach math skills because they include patterns, numbers, and vocabulary related to size and weight (Ex. 1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive, 1 2 Buckle My Shoe)

Some introduce alliteration which aids memorization skills (ex. Pease Porridge Hot, Ring Around the Rosies), 

Some include onomatopoeia - which are often spoken as some of babies’ first words (ex. Baa Baa Black Sheep).

Some include imaginative imagery which sparks creative pretend play. Imaginative play has many cognitive benefits, including development of flexible thinking and formation of mental “schemas” or patterns that shape their understanding of the world.

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Nursery Rhymes! (Social/Emotional Development)

Sep 08, 2020

Nursery Rhymes promote Social and Emotional Development

Singing and reciting nursery rhymes together with your child creates a very real and special bond. Studies have shown that singing, even more than talking, keeps babies calm and can lead to stronger social bonds with parents.

  • This bond can be increased through physical touch, as you snuggle up during a lullaby or interact during clapping rhymes or tickle songs
  • Humor and emotional awareness are important social skills that begin to be developed through the stories and characters found in nursery rhymes. 
  • Finally, nursery rhymes connect children to history whether it’s through historical events alluded to in the poem, or by learning a rhyme that has been passed through their family from generation to generation.
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Nursery Rhymes! (Physical Benefits)

Sep 08, 2020

Ok, we’ve talked about so many benefits that nursery rhymes can have to our children. Language development, cognitive development, social and emotional development. Believe it or not, there’s more! Nursery rhymes promote physical development too!

  • Many nursery rhymes have actions associated with them. Think I’m a Little Teapot, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Kids are working on fine and gross motor skills as they attempt to learn these actions and master them over time. 
  • In an earlier video we talked about how nursery rhymes inspire imaginative play and how great that is for cognitive development. Well, moving their bodies around as they act out the stories from nursery rhymes is also a physical activity with physical benefits too! (Jack and Jill might need to go up and down that hill lots of times!)
  • Finally, children are often motivated to try and repeat nursery rhymes because they are short and catchy -- not only is this...
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Nursery Rhymes! (Preschool lesson plan all about Sheep!)

Sep 08, 2020

In this video we share 3 nursery rhymes all about sheep!  “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Little Bo Peep,” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”  We have prepared a printable lesson plan to accompany this video, go to to grab the downloadable lesson plan that includes lyrics, extension ideas, and the printable puppets that you see us use in the video.

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Nursery Rhymes! (Language Benefits)

Sep 08, 2020

What is a Nursery Rhyme?

Short songs and verses for children
Marked by rhythm and rhyme
Include lullabies, fingerplays, counting-out rhymes, riddles, games, songs, and ballads
Authors are often anonymous
‍ Often passed orally from generation to generation
From many countries -- especially Britain
‍ Many contain references to historical and political events
Date back as far as the 13th century, but were first published in volumes in the 18th century with Tommy Thumb’s Songbook and Mother Goose Melody

We pre-recorded two songs that we think you’ll love. First you’ll see Elizabeth introducing “Hey Diddle Diddle” to her daughter Charlotte -- this nursery rhyme is just one example of a perfect starting point for language development in our little ones. It’s short, it rhymes, and the images are just so silly that they are easy to remember and fun to repeat.

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Music for Babies!

Aug 21, 2020

Join Elizabeth and Charlotte as they share three songs and tips for enjoying music with your young baby. These are meant for babies in the 0-2 age range, but as you’ll see, even 4-year-old Charlotte enjoys them too! Here’s a quick snapshot of what you’ll see:

Music with babies generally serves three purposes:

  1. Entertainment
  2. Education
  3. Therapeutic

You’ll learn an entertaining tickle chant (Here Comes the Mousie), an educational song about opposites (This Is Big), and a lesser-known lullaby (Baby’s Boat) that we just adore.

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Monthly Course Walk-Through Video

Aug 13, 2020

This video is a little glimpse into our subscription course. We think it’s pretty slick. If you’re wondering what $27 a month looks like with a Clap for Classics! subscription, take a look here and get excited about some fantastic musical content for you and your child. Here is a description of how a couple of our subscribers use the course in their homes:

Mom to a 2 year old

My daughter and I go for walks several times a week. Last month she loved ALL of the songs created for each individual character. We go through each song as we walk. This month she is enjoying the “Let’s Go on an Adventure” song. During the week we often listen to Peter & the Wolf as we prepare dinner. She loves taking out her puppets to help reenact the story.

This month I printed out the “feelings” printable & my daughter was SO excited about them! She sat down next to me as I cut them out & every evening likes to shuffle through them to help identify...

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Crescendo Lesson from "Peter and the Wolf" with Piano the Cat and Forte the Lion!

Aug 08, 2020

How would you teach young children the concept of a crescendo? Most likely you’ve never thought about it before -- We hadn’t either! (Some of you are wondering what a crescendo even is, and that’s great too!) We heard the best “crescendo” moment in Peter and the Wolf and just had to turn it into a teaching opportunity. This is the kind of stuff we love -- making real musical concepts fun and accessible using quality music and lots of fun.

So, how do we do it? Well, of course it will involve two playful puppet friends, “Piano” the kitty and “Forte” the lion. Then, our listeners experience the crescendo as they listen to the section from “Peter and the Wolf” when the wolf comes out of the forest, and the french horns play softly, then louder and louder as the wolf apparently gets closer and closer. Finally, we (and the puppets) describe what they just heard, show them the crescendo symbol, and let them experience it one...

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A Wolf Song, Activity and a Game!

Aug 01, 2020

Don’t you love it when one activity can evolve, and be repurposed into another activity? This is what happened with our “I am the Wolf” song from our July course It started out as a musical hide-and-seek game, and then became a game of sibling tag -- all enjoyed while singing and making music, of course. We hope that our activities are a wonderful starting point for the music-making that you do in your home. We love sharing ideas with you, but we also love to hear how you and your kids expand them, add to them, and make them your own.

Please enjoy today’s video, featuring Elizabeth, Charlotte, and special guest big-sister Claire (the creator of the second activity).

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