Parent's Choice Honors Award
CAN A JUMBO JET SING THE ALPHABET?
Hap Palmer. Hap-Pal Music, HP110 Ages 4-9
Prolific singer/songwriter/educator Hap Palmer, the voice of the "Babysongs" videos, is pretty much unsurpassed when it comes to turning education into irresistible sing along, move along music. It's not that he uses material that other educational artists don't--it's that he does it so well. This new release for preschoolers through third graders, lyrical play with arithmetic , phonics, and shapes, is great for home and the classroom, ranking with Palmer's best.
(Lynne Heffley, Parent's Choice®)
National Parenting Publications Gold Award
from L.A. Parent Magazine
Can A Jumbo Jet Sing The Alphabet?
Hap Palmer. Hap-Pal Music, HP110 Ages 4-9
Hap Palmer is a steady musical friend and teacher for any young person to pal around with. This release is the third in a comprehensive guide that creatively teaches basic skills and fundamental concepts through music and movement. Hap's clever lyrics, easy vocals and organic arrangements are always a pleasure. Great liner notes for teachers, too.
L.A. Parent Magazine November 1999.
BY MOIRA MCCORMICK
Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet
Ages 2 to 8
Fun and learning are so thoroughly, agreeably entwined on this new offering from Babysongs creator Hap Palmer that your preschoolers won't be able to tell which is which. Seasoned pro Palmer, who helped pioneer the use of music and movement in teaching basic skills, covers all the bases. There are songs dealing with letters, numbers, shapes, body parts, even "relating spatial concepts to basic fractions" - not to mention learning "hello" and "goodbye" in a dazzling array of languages ( try Yoruba, Macedonian, and Cantonese). Palmer gets tots moving, too, with sprightly, beautifully produced tunes such as "The Bean Bag" and "Boogie Down and Cruise." His amiable, I'm-your-buddy vocals suit these stylistically varied offerings wonderfully, making him, without a doubt, an essential component of the family music library."
editor's pick FAMILY FUN MAGAZINE September, 1999
Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet?
Ages 3-7. Hap Palmer delivers another winning recording that successfully combines music, movement, and other activities in the learning process. From the 16 short songs, children can learn numbers and phonics, identify tools and utensils, and discern the difference between fantasy and reality, among other concepts. Background instrumentation is effective, nicely supplementing the clear vocals. Lyrics and suggested activities are included in the guide, as is a list of the skills and concepts presented. Because each song deals with multiple concepts, it may be possible to use the music throughout the school year without repeating a single concept. Adult guidance is required. -Cynthia Alexa
Booklist/ February 15, 2000
CAN A JUMBO JET SING THE ALPHABET? is designed to teach basic skills and fundamental concepts through music and movement. Together with CAN A CHERRY PIE WAVE GOODBYE? and CAN COCKATOOS COUNT BY TWOS? the three recordings provide a comprehensive collection of music and movement activities that support the curriculum from pre-school through third grade.
The lively variety of musical styles make the songs appealing to students in the intermediate grades as well. The movement activities are helpful for remedial review of basic concepts while giving students a chance to get up and move, take a break from seat work, cleanse the mind, and relax the body.
Innovative original songs teach a wide range of concepts such as identification of letters, phonics, rhyming, counting patterns, comparison of number value, and fractions, including initial consonant sounds, blends and word endings. Some old favorites have also been included with updated lyrics and contemporary musical treatments.
A complete guide is included which contains song lyrics and suggested ways of presenting activities to the students along with variations and follow up activities to make learning stimulating, challenging and fun!
Young children learn best by doing. These songs invite active involvement in developing vocabulary and mastering a wealth of basic skills and concepts. The joy of moving generates enthusiasm to learn about:
1. identification of body parts and spatial orientation
2. shapes and letters
3. numbers and counting
4. number value
7. tools and utensils
8. fantasy and reality
9. cultural diversity
10. creative problem solving
The music and activities support the curriculum from pre-school through third grade. The up-beat musical arrangements appeal to students in the intermediate grades as well, making the activities beneficial for review of basic concepts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hap Palmer pioneered the integration of music and movement in the area of early childhood education. His songs enhance the development of motor skills, language acquisition, reading readiness, and math concepts as well as nurture the imaginative process and encourage creative problem solving.
His widespread popularity in schools and day-care centers for over twenty years, makes him a living legend within the teaching community for young children. Teachers have used his music for more than two generations to teach letters, numbers, phonics, days of the week, colors, shapes and more. A third generation of children are now learning with his songs and movement innovations.
An accomplished musician, singer/songwriter and educator, his multiple skilled talent on guitar, bass, percussion, saxophone, and clarinet are heard on his various recordings. His "Baby Songs" live-action music video series for young children has sold over 2 million units. Hap continues to write, record and produce award winning videos and recordings which have received numerous honors including Parents' Choice Gold Awards, the American Library Association Notable Designation, the National Association of Parent Publications Gold Award, The Early Childhood News Directors Choice Award and the American Video Award.
As a teacher of teachers, Hap teaches classes and workshops for organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the University of California at Los Angeles Education Extension, the Los Angeles City Schools, the Georgia Pre School Association, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Association, the New England Kindergarten Conference, the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and many other school districts and educational organizations throughout the nation.
Using his background in music, education, and dance, he helps teachers find innovative, imaginative and fun ways to teach their students with enjoyable music and lyrics that children love to listen to over and over again.
With a Masters Degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a love of music, Hap Palmer gives the world of early childhood education and young children a lasting gift of learning that spans the generations.
For more information, visit the Hap Palmer web site:
www. happalmer. com