Happy Kids Songs Review – I LOVE teaching with music. Take multiplication facts and history dates for instance. If you pair them with music/lyrics, facts become fun…kids learn them…and they tend to remember them for years, if not their entire lifetimes (When did Christopher Columbus sail the ocean blue? I bet you remember)! And because music makes learning fun…lots of times kids don’t even know they’re learning. So, why not teach everything with music? Well…maybe not everything…but the important stuff for sure…
Character and kindness? You can certainly teach these through music!
There may be no more powerful method of learning than through music, and no more important lessons for children than those that focus on character and social and emotional skills.
That’s a quote from the Happy Kids Songs website, and I couldn’t agree more. When I read this, and learned more about the company, I couldn’t wait to listen to their songs.
We had the chance to spend time on the Happy Kids Songs review and I am so glad we did. Even after we completed the Happy Kids Songs Review, we still play Happy Kids Songs in our home and in our car. (I don’t know about you – but I use car time as an extension of home/homeschool time. I always have something educational and interesting playing – and this music is a great fit.)
We play these songs A LOT! That’s because Happy Kids Songs has TEN downloadable albums. Each album has 5 songs on it, and they cover a variety of important themes, including shyness, friendship, responsibility, dealing with feelings, manners, kindness, and much more.
Here’s a little more info on each of the albums in the Happy Kids Songs Review:
|1. Friends & Sharing This album contains five highly entertaining kids songs about the essential ingredients of friendships, tools for reaching out to others, sharing time together, saying goodbye, being happy with friends and including others in play. Age-appropriate for kids ages 4 to 8.|
|2. Social Skills & Bullying This album has five songs that provide tools for assertiveness and dealing with bullies, taking turns with others, celebrating differences, and including others in play. Again, for kids 4 to 8.|
|3. Feelings & Fears For kids ages 4-8. Themes of songs include ways of expressing feelings constructively, the handling of unwanted thoughts, overcoming fears, and the need that children have to stay connected with people they love.|
|4. Practice & Success Songs on this album deal with overcoming shyness, handling life’s up and downs, persistence, the importance of practice in achieving goals, and rising above adversity.|
|5. Talking & Listening The songs on this album help children learn about the importance of working through conflict, expressing feelings through words, the value of listening, speaking to others in a constructive manner, and being assertive. Again – great for kids ages 4 to 8.|
|6. Manners & Character The value of honesty, manners, appreciating differences in others, being considerate, and honoring multiple perspectives are all covered. Great for kids ages 4 to 8.|
|7. Happiness & Attitude This album focuses on positive thinking, giving compliments, handling limitations, and ways to achieve happiness.|
|8. Respect & Responsibility A fun and entertaining way for kids ages 4-8 to learn about respect for possessions, responsibility to others, responsibility for actions, and love and respect for others.|
|9. Gratitude & Kindness This album focuses on connections to others, bullying, positive thinking, kindness and being grateful.|
|10. Greatest Hits Ages 2-5 The topics of this album include appreciating differences, practicing manners, keys to happiness, taking responsibility and saying goodbye.|
If you’d like more info on the songs we used and listened to in our Happy Kids Songs Review, you can click on album covers for song samples here. I have also included a handful of songs, and a few lyrics you might find interesting, below.