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We all still enjoy singing the ‘oldie goldies’, which, for some reason seem to have a sticking power that carries down through the generations. Many of those old songs are often relegated strictly to music class for the younger set. However, with a little creative thinking, they can be mined for the content of their lyrics which can make a great launch pad for the teaching of ideas, skills and concepts to students of all ages.

More Than Meets the Eye … or Ear

For older students an interesting history research topic could be to find the origins of nursery songs such as London Bridge is Falling Down, Ring Around the Rosey or Rock-a-Bye Baby. They will find some theories that tell of gruesome beginnings for some of their favourite “ditties”. In their digging around, students will encounter references to factual historical events that can open the door to further discussion. They could also be asked to search out all the versions of each song, determine which would seem to be closest to the original lyrics and then decide which theory of origin best suits the song. You now have an opening to make teams and work on debating skills.!

Research skills for younger students can be introduced with songs such as Over in the Meadow or Be Kind to Your Web-footed Friends. Both of these songs contain information related to a science study of animals (classification, adaptations, habitat, habits etc.). Making charts to record and organize information from each verse of a song helps students by focusing on a well-known selection of text and enables them to easily find the information for each heading, which appears in the same location in every verse. Children also enjoy writing their ‘report’ on another animal by writing it in the format of another verse for the song. Each student then prints up his or her verse on a page with a picture of the animal. These can be compiled in a class Song Book as a singing science report.

Five More Songs for Teaching

• Grandfather’s Clock – math … a pendulum experiment … creative thinking
• Five Little Ducks – ESL … math … creative writing … drama
• A-Tisket A-Tasket – creative writing … drama … music history
• Bingo – spelling practice
• Down By the Bay – Social Studies … creative writing

These are just a few ideas to open the door to using songs for teaching in many subject areas. Of course, don’t forget to sing the songs… just for fun!
For more ideas about integrating Songs for Teaching into other areas of the curriculum, visit the music section of Scruffy Plume’s site Play Scripts and Songs for Teaching.

“What do we owe our tormentors? It’s a question that haunts those who had childhoods marked by years of neglect and deprivation, or of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of one or both parents. Despite this terrible beginning, many people make it out successfully and go on to build satisfying lives. Now their mother or father is old, maybe ailing, possibly broke. With a sense of guilt and dread, these adults are grappling with whether and how to care for those who didn’t care for them.”*

Slate asks an interesting question: do adults who were abused by their parents owe those parents anything? Is there a line between physical or emotional abuse? Should adult kids be the bigger person? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss with examples.

*Read more from Emily Yoffe/ Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/02/abusive_parents_what_do_grown_children_owe_the_mothers_and_fathers_who_made.html

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my thoughts on this trio of molestors
JONATHAN AND SARAH ADLETA – BABIES BEING CONCEIVED JUST TO BE SEXUALLY TORTURED ~ CCA0097 ~ UPDATED 01.08.2014

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-09-12/news/os-oviedo-mother-child-sex-husband-trial-20130911_1_sexual-exploitation-sarah-adleta-sexual-abuse
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