Let It Snow! And Let’s Sing…

By Liz Buchanan Lots of us saw snow falling this holiday week. If you’re not outside playing in it, come in and sing about it!  Or sing out in the snow! David C. Perry writes: “I know many of us are always looking for new ways to invigorate classic children’s songs. To that end, I […]

My 2 Cents for CMN

By Carole Stephens It’s funny how things happen.  At 10:30 at night on December 15, my phone rang.  Anyone who’s a parent of a child of any age knows that the mere ringing at that hour means trouble. Quite the contrary – whew! – it was Sarah Pirtle, from CMN, urging me to action in […]

CMN Members Respond to CT Tragedy

The following are thoughts posted by Children’s Music Network members in the wake of the horrifying massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. From Joanie Calem:  I think back to the years that I lived in the Middle East, when buses blew up literally once a week.  Our instruction was always to follow the children’s lead […]

December Songs Part 1 – Hanukah!

We asked our trusty CMN e-list for songs to sing for all the December holidays, as well as songs for solstice and the coming of winter.  Hanukah is coming up quickly (starts this year on Saturday, 12/8) so we’re jumping right in. Keep watching this space for even more songs for those other December celebrations… […]

A New Take on an Old Counting Song

By Liz Buchanan “Five in the Bed” is a traditional counting song that many of us probably have heard since our own childhood.  I’ve done it as a singing game with children for several years, asking the children to act it out as I sing.  At this fall’s Children’s Music Network conference, I saw Susan […]

Why Music? A Primer for New Parents

By Dylan Glanzer Reprinted from Dylan’s blog at partiesbydylan.com. No matter where you turn, music for children is everywhere. With the growth of programs like Mommy & Me and Music Together, major products from companies like Baby Einstein, and even programming from your local PBS station – everyone seems to agree that music is an […]

A Bounty of Songs for Thanksgiving

  By Liz Buchanan We give special thanks for all our friends in CMN who share so many excellent songs and ideas. Ask for songs about any topic, and our members deliver!  Here are some of the many offerings for the Thanksgiving season which people have sent to our members’ email list. Margaret Hooton sends […]

Enchanting Story with a Star at the End!

Thanks to CMN’s Margaret Hooton and Liz Hannan for sharing this story/song on our e-list. The Little House with No Doors and Windows and a Star Inside Author: Caroline Sherwin Bailey (Have an apple for the ending. Enjoy the apple slices.  Tune:  Did You Ever See A Lassie?) Once there was a little boy who […]