Singing with babies and young children is one of the joys of being a parent. It is a lifetime gift from you that children love. This handbook will bring increased awareness of children's natural surroundings. Singing about the seasons creates a connection and helps children become aware of natural rhythms and cycles.
The Singing Year, which includes a learning CD and illustrations, is arranged by season and contains more than 100 songs. Some are traditional, and many are composed by Candy, with poems by Nicola Wickstead and Julie Tonkin. Included are songs about animals, plants, and seasonal phenomena that appeal especially to children. Each section ends with suggestions for seasonal crafts and games.
To emphasize the connection with the natural world, the book also includes lists of plants that can be grown easily in any nursery garden.
Paperback book with audio CD, 7 ½" x 9 ¾", 192 pages.
Candy Verney studied music at the University of Bristol. Her greatest learning, however, came from raising her three sons, cultivating a garden, and teaching music to all ages, and she draws her inspiration from Waldorf teaching methods. Candy leads workshops with parents, teachers, and toddlers. She has also leads community choirs and helped coordinate a midsummer festival: “Singing Round the Town,” which celebrates the spirit of place—structures, the natural environment, and its residents.