Information for Parents
The music is so inviting and upbeat, kids may not notice it’s teaching them a thing or two about sharing and kindness as they bop to the beats.
Thousands of parents worldwide have learned how fun and helpful it can be to have Kids EPs in their lives. These full-production songs are both highly entertaining and age appropriate—adult quality music, but with words and themes that tap into the most common issues confronting kids ages 4-8. The variety of adult and child soloists, children’s chorus, and wide range of instruments and styles of music easily hold children’s attention, and parents’ too.
There are 8 different EPs (“Extended Play” albums) to download, each with 5 songs. (You can also buy any of the 40 single songs separately.) A companion to each of the albums is a free download,– ten pages of lyrics, coloring pages, word finds, dot-to-dots, criss-cross puzzles, and matching games for kids.
I highly recommend this creative and entertaining way to give children life-long tools for getting along! Fabulous full-production music for the souls of children and families.
-Jack Canfield, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul ®
Music has been shown to be an effective, almost magical medium for teaching character and social and emotional skills–a fun way to “make the medicine go down.” Noted psychologist and PBS songwriter, Dr. Mac, has won the Teacher’s Choice, iParenting and numerous other awards, and research has shown:
- Children make significant improvements in behaviors such as being helpful, staying on task, and understanding and using the Golden Rule.
- They learn new skills to better approach their peers and gain more effective tools for dealing with teasing and bullying.
- Kids are better able to resolve conflicts with others by learning to talk things out.
- Lessons about feelings give kids the words to use when sad, mad or frustrated.
- As kids develop a more positive attitude and self-confidence, they also are far more likely to encourage others to do their best.
- And as far as academics are concerned, happy kids learn better!
We received Dr. Mac’s songs as a gift for our son who has every one made for his age group on the market. Without a doubt, this is his favorite! The lyrics in these songs stand out in a way that’s obvious, as they talk directly to kids about behavior, communication, and other issues or problems that they are experiencing every day. In a joyful and magical way they invite kids to participate in their own solutions.
-Michael McDonald, singer/songwriter
Children are more musically sophisticated than what we might think. They are attracted to the quality and rhythm of popular young adult music, which is often lyrically inappropriate for them. There is a big gap between Raffi and Rap, and we aim to fill it!
From an early age, children are learning about their world, soaking up what’s happening around them. One of the most important things they can learn, and isn’t revealed on any tests, is how to make relationships with other people positive experiences. Parents everywhere are often overwhelmed with the problems their kids are having,- challenges with academics, being respectful, getting along with friends or siblings, worrying too much, or learning manners and important character values. Now there is an engaging way to do just that. This music has to be heard to be appreciated and understood. Parents love it too!
I love your songs so much that I drop the kids off at school and turn it on full blast and sing and sing and sing…
-Lynn Kelly, Washington, D.C.
I listened to your songs with my grandchildren, and we loved them…
-Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. author, Emotional Intelligence
Most of us still remember the words to songs from our childhood. Don’t you still sing the ABC song in your head when you’re trying to remember alphabetical order? This is the magic of music. It lights up over a dozen areas in the brain, reinforcing concepts across multiple intelligences.
Thank you for the wonderful music! My son loves it and so do I. You have tremendous talent and I wish you continued success!
-Kathy Ireland, Actress
USING THE SONGS AND ACTIVITIES
The songs and activities of KidsEPs are fun, positive learning tools. At home, listen while playing or while driving in your car—a fun way for you and your children to learn the songs and talk together about what is important in living together as a family.
The free printout of kids’ activities includes lyrics, coloring and other activity pages that help reinforce the key concepts in each song. You’ll be able to print them out, make copies and share with others. Here’s another great option.
Kids’ EPs Workbook:
Hands-on Activities for Social, Emotional and Character Development
This 125-page activity book includes the kids’ lyrics and coloring pages (that you can download for free, above) but adds more than a hundred lessons and activities for parents to share with kids.
An excellent way to have fun at home and further enhance learning, this workbook has 3-5 additional activities for each of the 40 Kids EP songs. Includes all of the eight album themes, with 8 ½ x 11″ reproducible master copies of the kids’ activity pages (so you won’t have to download them.)
Activities include arts and crafts, movement, drama, and games and are provided across the span of ages 3-8. Some are more appropriate for younger children, and some for older. Some might involve siblings or other kids, and others are more individually focused. You’ll be able to adapt them to age as needed, using the ideas as springboards for discussion.
.…a wonderful, beautifully produced project. We’re impressed with the excellent kid singers, arrangements, songs and production. You’ve done that VERY challenging thing of giving positive messages in a non-preachy way and we know that’s no easy job.
-Cathy Fink, 2003 & 2004 Children’s Music Grammy winner
There may be no more powerful method of learning than through music, and no more important lessons for children than those that focus on character and social and emotional skills.
I can’t believe it! My kids are so in love with your songs that they have fits if we drive off to school without it. Your songs are so great, and it’s really the first kids’ songs that my husband likes too. Please keep it coming!
-Katie DeLong, mother of girls 7 and 10