Letter Tales by Dr. Jean

Tales of the letter
This is a story about the letter A.
It makes a special sound.
Let's learn another sound ….

* Here is a link to a book for this song. Use for choral reading or in the listening center.

Young students who simply learn to read need to be able to understand the relationships between letters and sounds. Songs like Tales of the Letter will help you build your lyrics sound skills.

You can find some ideas for phonological awareness and the sounds of letters here:

Dr. Jean Feldman has a lot of experience as a kindergarten teacher and as a presenter in workshops for pre-K and K teachers. She believes that movement and music help improve learning.

Dr. Jean appears at conferences throughout the United States and parts of Canada more than fifty times a year. You can see some of his scheduled appearances here:

Many of the songs Dr. Jean has on iTunes were produced with the intention of supporting teachers and parents. We hope you enjoy this.

Dr. Jean also sings, "The Banana Dance," a popular YouTube song about avocados, oranges and guacamole.

Has anyone ever told you that "you can not sing"? I have been told many times. That is the best of children. They do not know that you can not sing if you put a smile on your face and act with enthusiasm.

Parents, teachers and preschool, kindergarten, and first grade children will enjoy the school more and will likely improve learning when music is part of the classroom environment.

Someone reminded me once that "a gift from the heart is always received by the heart". Not everyone can be rock stars or be able to play an instrument, but we can share the magic and joy of music in our classrooms every day. And with all the academic pressure, music is clearly the "sugar spoon" to help lower the medicine.

Tooty Ta is another favorite among fans of Dr. Jean, but has many popular songs in his 17 CD's and 2 DVD's.

Children, parents and teachers could improve learning by singing every day in class and at home.

Here are the top ten reasons to SING every day!

1. When you sing your brain emits endorphins, and the endorphins make you happy! Emotions are fundamental to learning.

2. Music is multi-sensory. The more senses you get in the brain, the more likely the message gets there.

3. Music is powerful for prior learning. If children are exposed to concepts as they sing, it is easier for them to learn when presented formally.

4. Music fosters phonemic awareness (alliteration, rhyme, etc.).

5. Songs and songs are a natural way to develop oral language and auditory memory.

6. Poems and songs establish a basis for fluency and improve short-term memory.

7. Children are able to use their imagination and create images in their brains when they sing. This is an important part of reading comprehension.

8. Repetition is the key to learning. It is much more fun to repeat songs than spreadsheets!

9. Singing and dancing relieve stress and oxygenate the brain.

10. Through Music and Movement ALL children can feel successful. A "student community" is improved when teachers and children enjoy something together!

There was a study that was reported on the National Public Radio called "Alive Inside". In the research study they made iPods of songs that had special meaning for patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's. These patients did not recognize the members of the family, but when they heard the music they touched their feet, sang the words and smiled. So many things we do in our classrooms will be forgotten, but the songs will be stored in the brains of children for life! What a privilege to be able to do this!

Video credits to Alex G May YouTube channel

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