For this review we were sent a copy of Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social and Emotional Skills along with downloads of three of Happy Kids Songs downloadable song sets: Friends and Sharing, Happiness and Attitude, and Manners and Character.
I was really excited to see this vendor come up this year. Music is a huge part of our day and lately I have been looking for some new songs to keep things interesting. Lets face it, you can only listen to the same repetitive songs before you become bored as a parent and having four children home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I've heard them all.
Happy Kids Songs gave us new, fresh music to listen to and learn with. These songs are a lot of fun both in sound and with the activities that accompany them. The activities are very easy to do with even young children. Specifically, Happy Kids Songs is designed to be used with children who are ages 3-8 but even my 11 and 13 year old enjoyed listening and helping me with the younger kids.
As some of you know, we are eclectic and unschoolish in Homeschooling style so Happy Kids Songs really went along with our idea of school. I was easily able to put these songs on my phone or iPad and plug it into our radio so that we could listen, learn and dance. The kids, of course, LOVED dancing to the songs and really learned great things just by listening.
We listened to these songs repeatedly and talked about the things they heard and learned through listening to them. The kids never got bored of listening and every time they did they learned something new. They truly enjoy these songs.
The workbook is a great addition as well. It contains over 122 pages of fun. The lyrics for each song and an activity sheet are included in the workbook. In the back of the workbook, parents and teachers can find great activities to do to help build the skills and lessons being taught through the songs. We did not do all of these but we did enjoy quite a few and even built upon the ideas on our own.
The workbook is reproducible for Homeschool use so copies can easily be printed for use with multiple children. I was thankful that this was an option. You can also download these same worksheets for free and print from the computer through the company when you purchase the CD's.
The song set titles are pretty self explanatory. There are 8 titles in the series, all adding up to a huge amount of fun. For our review, as I mentioned above, we received the following:
Friends and Sharing - this song set focuses on building friendships and learning to share with others.
Happiness and Attitude - this song set focuses on being happy, making others happy and having a great attitude as well.
Manners and Character - this song set focuses on learning good manners and having a great personal character with others.
Each of these song sets are available for purchase through Happy Kids Songs website either on Amazon or iTunes for $4.95 per album of all five songs or songs can be purchased separate for $0.99. The pages within the workbook are available for free through the website but you can purchase the pre-printed Happy Kids Songs Workbook from Amazon for $12.56 at the time of this review.
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