Thanks so much for visiting "EduTunes With Miss Jenny!" I am a teacher who has been writing educational songs and related content for children over the past 20 years. Throughout this time, my goal has been to develop tools that help children to learn more, to remember more, and to LOVE learning.
"From rap, to rock, to reggae, to swing, Children LOVE to learn as they sing!"
Introducing NEW Comprehensive Video Sets!
I have recently designed this site in order to feature comprehensive video sets. Now, Phonics Time, Common Core KinderMath, and Common Core First Grade Math each includes 30+ videos that teach the basics through music. When you purchase the COMPLETE sets, you'll also get teaching guides, lyrics, and mp3 song versions. Soon, I'll be including BONUS materials on this site for everyone who has purchased complete sets as well. I've included samples of videos along with 2-minute teaching tips for Phonics Time below.
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Phonics Time Samples
Knowing basic letter sounds is one of the greatest predictors of early reading success. In 2 minutes, "ABC Fun" exposes children to every letter in the English language, along with basic sounds. In addition, they learn to associate those letters and sounds with pictures. I chose simple examples to maximize letter-sound-pictorial associations.
Use the chart in the Phonics Time book to chant this song out of order. Ask students how they want to chant...Backwards, vertically down the chart, etc.
Contribute simple observations, such as pointing out that "b says ball"
Demonstrate misconceptions, such as confusing "b" with "d;"
Make high-level observations, such as noticing that "walrus has two syllables divided between the l and the r."
Use all comments as mini-formative assessments as you expand all students' knowledge and clear up misconceptions.
In "ABC Fun," children learned to associate letters and sounds with pictures. Now, children spend 30 seconds reviewing sounds in isolation.
Assess students' knowledge of letter names and sounds using the assessment in the Phonics Time book.
Reinforce this song with flashcards. Focus on letters that your child missed in the assessment. You can use cards with letters and pictures to support early learners, or cards with letters only for more advanced learners.
Many children get confused by differences between the letters b,d,p, and q. Focus on these letters periodically.
As adults, we don't think much about how letters sound. Studies show that children who can correctly pronounce individual letters and differentiate sounds in words become better readers and spellers. Help children to pronounce words similarly to the pronunciations used in the song. Note that I've chosen pronunciations based on a highly-trusted, time-tested program called Orton Gillingham.
That Magic E
The "magic e" spelling is the most basic long vowel spelling pattern. This song explains how the magic e works with all five vowels, and it gives children many examples of the magic e "in action."
Ask children to sort the words in this song (and/or other words) by their vowel sounds.
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