Today was wonderful!
Let me rephrase.
Today became wonderful when 12:30 hit.
Until that point, my kids were basically unraveling. I'm pretty sure these half days make my kids think we're on vacation. Or headed in that direction.
Or they're just taking advantage of me because they've clued in to the ear plugs I've started wearing because I'm too worn out to go through my bag of tricks and make them stop talking.
And, anyhow, I can't find my bag of tricks.
So . . . it was a bit of a rough day, but nothing that ear plugs, sunglasses, and wearing a hula hoop (You can't get any closer than this hula hoop - don't even try, I said a million times) can't take care of.
Besides the kids acting like a major holiday is just around the corner (I sure haven't told them so I don't know who did!), the Curriculum Cops have been out in full force.
As in, every single day this week. Like clockwork.
Today, we were just about to
Rather than show off how wonderfully managed my transitions are, I thought I should show off some Heidi songs.
Heidi songs have saved my life.
I put on a sight word song ("have" to be exact, from the cd below) and we were singing when the cop entered.
The cop smiled. The cop was IMPRESSED. I could tell. I know these things because I've been pulled over a lot.
So I had to play another one.
We sang "come" from this cd:
That one's kind of long which is why I played it.
It worked - the cop left.
I have Heidi's cds on my iPod which makes it super easy to find the songs I want. I alphabetized them and also put them in weekly playlists to match our curriculum words . . . I'm telling you, Heidi is BRILLIANT.
She has all kinds of cds - not just sight words.
She sent me this one to try out:
Heidi caught my Question post and thought I might need her "Is It a Question or a Story" song. She was right. I needed it.
But it also has The Tattling Song and The Smarty Pants Dance. It is awesome.
It also includes the Potty Dance which I know quite well because I am always doing that dance. It's due to my teeny tiny bladder.
Heidi also sent me the Phonics cd:
We're not ready for this one yet, but I'm super excited that it has those hard to learn phonics spelling patterns like ar, ee, au/aw, etc.
All the cds have matching dvds with movements. If you don't have these, or have never heard about them, or want to check them out, click on any of the pics.
Oh, and the following story happened at a conference, too. And it's a TRUE STORY which is why I decided I needed to blog about Heidi songs.
Me: Your child really knows their sight words.
Parents: I know! She's always making up songs for them!
Parents: Yeah, she's always singing these great songs for how to spell and say them.
Me: Uh, no. I'm playing Heidi songs in the classroom.
Me: Well, for example, does she sing the word "where" like this? Oh where, oh where has my candy bar gone? W-h-e-r-e . . . I left it there by my daddy's chair . . . W-h-e-r-e."
Parents: Yes! Isn't it cute??? We just love her creativity.
I had to burst their bubble before they tried to have their six year old audition for America's Got Talent or Ellen.
I ended up giving them Heidi's website.
And a shameless plug that I have met Heidi.
And that we're FB friends.
And since she's famous, I must be, too.
Thank you, Heidi. :)