Get ready for Thanksgiving with our Thanksgiving Song and Activity Unit, available on TeachersPayTeachers.com. This unit includes the song Thanksgiving by Sara Jordan with reproducible lyrics and activities. The song is in MP3 format, playable on almost any device. The lyrics and activities are included in the PDF file which can be easily printed for classroom use. A second instrumental version of the song, which is also included, is perfect for class performances. All this for only $2.99. Click here to buy it now!
Iâ€™m excited to announce that our album, Bilingual Songs: English-Spanish, vol. 1, is in the #1 spot in the Amazon Childrenâ€™s Latin Music Category. Amazon only lists the top 100 of each category. But of all those listed, our album is #1.
Kudos to Shantall Young Oneto, Ricky Franco Velasco, Agustina Tocalli-Beller, and Mark Shannon who were all instrumental in making this album great.
Last month, while at the Beijing International Book Fair, the editors from FLTRP presented me with a beautiful box of moon cakes. We’ve produced over 70 songs and chants, over the last 5 months, for FLTRP, in Beijing, that are being incorporated into their ELL text books.
Happy Moon Festival everyone! These moon cakes taste great.
This past summer has been really exciting for me and included a visit to Guatemala (for the Guatemala Book Fair). While there I had a very emotional, surprise visit from Silvia Saga Pineda and her 60 students. Over the years, readers of our blog have helped to support Silvia, a missionary and teacher of 60 students at Centro Educativo Amigos de Jesus. Not only did I get to meet all of these students, each oneÂ greeted me with a small gift and a kiss.Â It made me all the more determined to help Silvia (who is struggling financially) to keep her school open. Silviaâ€™s school serves children living in the poorest community of Guatemala. You can read more about Silviaâ€™s school on her facebook page, www.facebook.com/CentroEducativoAmigosdeJesus.
In the past, students in extra-curricular Spanish Clubs across the USA have held used book sales and Pizza Days to raise money so that Silvia can purchase books for her classes. If you would like your school to be involved in an initiative like this, please contact me directly, or you can reach Silvia (in Spanish) at email@example.com.
Del 25 de julio al 4 de agosto de 2013 se llevarÃ a cabo el evento mÃ s importante en el mundo del libro en Guatemala. Como parte de las actividades, Editorial Piedra Santa y Editorial Avanti, se complacen en contar con la presencia de Sara Jordan como invitada especial.
Este aÃ±o, el tema central de la Feria se refiere al papel de la mujer en la vida cultural. Sara Jordan es una conocida compositora y creadora de canciones para el Ã mbito educativo. Ella es parte del grupo de mujeres que recibirÃ un reconocimiento por su aporte al mundo de la educaciÃ²n.
El viernes 26 de julio participarÃ en un conversatorio que serÃ la presentaciÃ²n de la Serie MatemÃ tica Cantando, la cual estarÃ disponible en Guatemala y el resto de Centro AmÃ¨rica.
Si va a asistir a la Feria del Libro de Guatemala, visÃ¬tenos. SerÃ bienvenido en los stands 123, 124, 125, 126 y 127.
I read somewhere, recently, that when a young person studies music, he/she doesn’t learn what to think, but more importantly how to think. Clearly this could have been helpful in the case of Toronto District School Board’s Director, Chris Spence, forced to step down after multiple counts of plagiarism. Or how about Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford, who is facing allegations of crack cocaine use?Â Clearly these two men, leaders in Toronto, could have/should have had the benefit of music education earlier in their lives.
But tomorrow, the trustees of the Toronto District School Board will vote to shut down the itinerant music program for young students in the GTA. As a former itinerant music teacher (in this program) I witnessed the positive benefits for many inner city kids who got a chance to learn to play a musical instrument and play in a band, something they might never otherwise have been able to do.
Ironically, El Sistema, a music program run on hope, dedication and private funding, will celebrate the success of another year with a finale concert.
El Sistema, was created 30 years ago in Venezuela byÂ Dr. Jose Antonia Abreu. Each year over a quarter of a million impoverished children in Venezuela are offered music instruction (and the chance to think creatively and be a part of something positive).
The Toronto chapter of El Sistema teaches music to children in Parkdale, four afternoons a week, after school. Participants are taught to play a string instrument and rehearse in a string orchestra. Next year, El Sistema (Toronto) will expand to include students in the Jane-Finch community.
Tonight, one day before school trustees make their decision on the very possible demise of the itinerant music program for children, the inspirational El Sistema, will hold its finale concert of the year at Parkdale Public School, 78 Seaforth Avenue in Toronto at 5 pm.
For more information, please visit sistema-toronto.ca.
As many of you know, when I’m not composing songs, I’m often recording them in a studio in Toronto. I’m as picky with the singers as I am initially about the songs. When someone’s performance is very close to being perfect, I label it as being “good enough”. It’s become a standing joke in the studio when I say that something is “good enough”, because everyone knows how close to perfection it really is.
I want you to meet Mark Steenhuis, my landscaper. Steenhuis’ work surpasses “good enough”.
For many years I have not taken care of my own lawn. I am allergic to grass. I’m really allergic to weeds. This is a job better done by someone else. Over the years I’ve met many landscapers, but I’ve never met someone with such pride in his work and such a regard for perfection as Mark Steenhuis.
This afternoon he even knocked on the door looking for me. He was wondering why I hadn’t been watering the area where he’d planted new grass seed. After all, he’d told me 2 hours earlier that it needed watering. It was at that time, after laughing, that I realized how lucky I was that Mark Steenhuis is doing my landscaping. When he’s not working as a landscaper, this St. Catharines resident is a member of the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team. He also represents Reebok.
Kudos to Mark Steenhuis for his great desire to always do a perfect job. The rest of St. Catharines should hire Mark.Â After all, we are known officially as “The Garden City”.
We have just finished sending out our newsletter celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Did you get yours?Â If not, you can find it here: http://www.sara-jordan.com/news/STTN20130503.shtml
We’ve included a free mp3 for our bilingual party song, A Latin Party / Una fiesta latina. Students will love this great song, plus besides being a party song, it also teaches about the proper use of adjectives!
Wishing everyone a fabulous Cinco de Mayo!
This week we are celebrating the launch of our complete math series in French. These reproducible resource/activity books, which also include song CDs, teaching Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, all in French, will prove very popular in French Immersion classes and within the Francophone community.
You can take a look and listen here:
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This offer is good until May 10, 2013.
How do you spend your spare time? Check out this incredible young man! He puts every spare minute to good use and apparently loves doing it!Â At the age of 17, Timothy Doner of NYC can now speak 23 languages. He learned many of them in only a few weeks, without a teacher.
Here’s a complete list of the 23 languages Timothy has learned so far: English, French, Hausa, Ojibwe, Wolof, Persian, Russian, German, Turkish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Mandarin, Italian, Indonesian, Dutch, isiXhosa, Swahili, Hindi, Croatian and Spanish.
You can check out his video on YouTube and watch this gregarious young man talk about his quest to learn languages. He’ll speak to you in 20 different languages over the course of the video. This was filmed last year when Timothy was only 16 years old!
Way to go Timothy Doner. You are an inspiration to us all!