You might feel intimidated by the thought of sharing music with your child. Or maybe you’d just like some new, fun songs to share with your child. Either way, I want to be sure you know about Music with Nancy.
Disclosure: Nancy Kopman (Music with Nancy) sent me copies of her 4 CDs to review. My thoughts are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).
I reviewed the first 3 CDs when my granddaughter, Zoey was 1½ years old. We both fell in love with them. I really appreciate their sweet, folk-like feel and their positive messages and helpful learning ideas. There are even some songs that work especially well for babies and toddlers. Zoey is now 3 years old, and we had just as much fun reviewing Nancy’s newest album, Shadow.
In case you’re a teacher, Nancy’s albums are used in many schools, including Montessori schools. It’s not surprising because of the albums’ calming nature and helpful concepts. They work very well with Montessori circle time/line time activities.
Wonderful You, I Know I’ll Grow, and The Seasons Albums
These are Nancy’s first 3 albums.
I love that Wonderful You (on Amazon or iTunes) even has songs for babies as well as for toddlers and preschoolers. “Stepping” is great for walking on the line, and “Wonderful You” is a sweet song promoting self-esteem.
I Know I’ll Grow (on Amazon or iTunes) is great for toddlers and preschoolers. “Planets, Planets” is an especially fun educational song.
One of my favorite albums for preschoolers or Montessori preschool (primary) classes is The Seasons (on Amazon or iTunes). It has a number of songs that are perfect for circle time activities.
Here’s a YouTube video of “Walk Around,” one of the songs I like to use for moving on the line:
And I love “7 Continents, 5 Oceans” as an extension for Montessori continent work.
My other favorite album for preschools and Montessori classes is Nancy’s latest album, Shadow (on Amazon or iTunes).
Zoey’s been especially interested in looking for her shadow since singing “Where Is My Shadow?” from the album.
In my recent “Montessori-Inspired Phases-of-the-Moon Playdough Tray” post, I wrote about using “The Moon” song from the Shadow CD to focus on the moon orbiting the earth. We used the Pocket Hugg-A-Planet Earth and Moon for Zoey to tiptoe around the earth as “The Moon.”
Zoey was also interested in using the Hugg-A-Planet Earth to find various states on the globe after listening to “The USA.”
To see some of the actions for “Animal Farm,” we watched one of Nancy’s Facebook Live videos (they’re available in her Music With Nancy FB group). Nancy’s Facebook Live videos are a great resource, and you and your child can just follow along while she leads the songs!
Here’s the YouTube video for “Animal Farm”:
A great songs from Shadow for homeschools and preschools is “12 Months.”
Another great preschool song is “The Seven Days of the Week.”
“Breathe In, Breathe Out” is a peaceful way to end a music session and help children center themselves.
Here’s Nancy’s YouTube channel so you can get a better idea of her fabulous music: Music with Nancy.
It isn’t hard to have fun with music when it’s music with Nancy!
Update: Here’s a post with reviews of two new Nancy Kopman albums:
Having Fun with Nancy Kopman’s Music for Babies, Toddlers, and Older Children
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