I See a Song by Eric Carle

Probably not one of the books that comes to mind when you think of Eric Carle, but his book I See a Song is my favorite!

“Ladies & Gentleman!  I see a song.  I paint music.  I hear color ….  Come, listen, and let your imagination see your own song.” says the violinist illustrated in a monochromatic black.  But as he begins to play, colors begin to fill the pages.  Pictures begin to form and the song begins to tell a colorful story.

When I was teaching, I would read the introduction to my class, then, I would play music – different types of music.  Some days it would be light classical while others, it might be slow jazz.  I would ask my learners if the illustrations matched the music as I turned the pages.  Did they feel the pictures were telling the story of the music they were hearing?  Why or why not?  I enjoyed hearing their explanations.  I loved watching them feel and connect to the music.

Many times, as an extension to the book, I would provide blank paper with crayons or paint, and I would play different types of music; again, it varied day-to-day.  I encouraged the children to turn the songs they were hearing, and feeling, into pictures.  I wanted them to interpret the songs on to paper and make the music come alive.  I loved their descriptions when I asked them to tell me about their drawings.  What an amazing experience to watch the children connect to the music and “see a song”.


I See a Song by Eric Carle, Scholastic Inc., 1973

Blocks – Physically Speaking

In a snapshot ……..

When playing with blocks, what is developing physically?

  • Small and large motors
  • Range of motion
  • Eye–body coordination skills
  • Visual – motor coordination skills
  • Spatial awareness and balance

Why is this important?

  • Helps develop the body and enables it to write!
  • Strengthens the core muscles and equips it to sit at group time and in a chair!
  • Enhances visual motor skills and the vestibular system to assist in the coordination of reading and writing!

Just some more great reasons to go play with blocks!

My Top 10 Professional Resource Books for Early Childhood Professionals (as of today…)

    In no particular order ….
  1. The Intentional Teacher by Ann Epstein
  2. The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
  3. Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programs edited by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp
  4. So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing by Judith Schickedanz and Molly Collins
  5. Room to Grow: How to Create Quality Early Childhood Environments edited by Margaret Puckett
  6. Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood by Diane Levin
  7. The Values Book: Teaching 16 Basic Values to Young Children by Pam Schiller and Tamera Bryant
  8. The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias
  9. In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong
  10. The Power of Observation by Judy Jablon, Amy Laura Dombro, and Margo Dichtelmiller

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“Pre-K is too late for many children”

“Pre-K is too late for many children”

Yes it is true – Learning begins the moment a child is born.

Keep in mind, it is not necessary to start flash cards or download “educational apps” to put your infants ahead of the game. (and in fact – please don’t do that.) Instead, it is as simple as spending time with your babies/ children, having face to face time with them, singing and reading to them, playing with them, and building relationships with them. That is honestly what will help them become “school ready”!

BTW – in my opinion this is not just a low-income issue.

“Neural pathways are laid from the moment of birth and throughout a child’s earliest years. If a child doesn’t receive sufficient affection, language stimulation, attuned responses and more from birth to age 4, she or he will arrive at Pre-K with deficits that can never be entirely eliminated. Though it’s shocking to consider, these children truly have been brain-damaged in a subtle way.”

(Dallas News Opinion – Pre-K is too late for some children)