At the midday Parent Workshop, I taught, "My Mind is a Clear Blue Sky" and "If You're Happy and You Know It, Take a Breath," by Betsy Rose, which she shared at the same gathering. The parents in the class have not stopped thanking me for a lesson I offered in the first class, using Joanne Hammil's great song: "We're Different, We're the Same," learned at a Songs for Building Community workshop Joanne offered to CMN NoCal several years ago. After brainstorming in small groups, individuals have to SING about themselves. This can be a terrifying moment for many folks -- and it was an ideal moment for pass along an observation Bonnie Lockhart made in a Singing Games workshop she taught for a CMN NoCal gathering some years back: When we grownups do something we can't -- like sing in a language which is foreign to us -- we're doing what we ask children to do every day. Because they had so much fun learning this experientially, it has really stuck with many of the parents.
And at Together Wee Play circle time this morning, I went back again to my all-time Can't Fail:
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree, teasing Mister Alligator -- 'Can't Catch Me!
Along comes the Alligator, jaws open wide, and SNAP!
Another monkey deep inside.
the way Diane Ferlatte taught it at the CMN National gathering in Petaluma ten years ago.
How can I keep from thanking Children's Music Network incessantly?