HOW TO TEACH 'THANKFUL'
HOW TO TEACH 'THANKFUL'

This is how to teach the Thankful song without visual aids, melody maps or any other complicated learning tool. 

*I will say up front I’m not a fan of complicated visual aids or melody maps. I think they just steal your precious time and usually distract the children more than help them. 

To help the children learn the melody of any song, do these four simple things:

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THANKFUL SONG
THANKFUL SONG

I don't know if you've ever searched for a good children's song about giving thanks, but I have. I found songs about turkeys (#1 topic), other food items (a close second), pilgrims, and even scarecrows. And last but not least, a few about being thankful. ("When you're thankful and you know it" to start with...)

So I just finished writing one. And when I say 'just' I mean just barely. In fact, we recorded it with some very talented children from the One Voice Children's Choir yesterday, and I literally finished writing the words to the 2nd verse while they were recording the first. Yikes!

*Thanks, Elise May Peterson, for this beautiful design. :) @emaypeterson

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AND CHILDREN DON'T KEEP
AND CHILDREN DON'T KEEP

My list of music projects is a little overwhelming right now. But then on days like today, when I sit down and play with my grandkids, I remember what's really important. Yes, I will get to the music. And it can always wait til tomorrow. But moments like these can't wait, because grandchildren grow up and people move away and things change, and the time we have with our loved ones is the important project of all. 

#foreverfamilies #grandmacrush #craftday

Photo Credit: @kimlloydphotos

 

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