Everyday Grooves

Music review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Great, groovy ditties to get your kids through the day.

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Educational Value

These songs help kids make transitions through the day through engaging music and lyrics. They also reach kids through a multiple-intelligence approach by focusing on auditory, logical, and spatial learning.

 

Positive Messages

The album is loaded with positive messages and is dedicated to all-around healthy living, from brushing teeth to dressing with self-expression, tidying up after play to enjoying nutritious food, and sharing love and thanks with the ones we love. From "We Like To Read:" "Take the time and use our imagination / 'cuz what could be more fun / than being one on one / reading time with you is a celebration."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Along with encouraging routines for physical health, songs promote healthy habits for emotional and social well-being. From "I'm Thankful:" "Every day I like to find a way to turn to you and say, I'm thankful / It helps you to see all you mean to me / And how happy life can be." From "Tell Me What You Love About Me:" "Tell me every single day / 'cuz I love to hear it when you say / all the things you love about me, how you couldn't do without me."

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Everyday Grooves was made in conjunction with the Fred Rogers Center, whose mission is "to advance the fields of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration, and creative change" (from the Fred Rogers Center's website). Everyday Grooves is also available as an app that allows users to set musical prompts to help children transition to new activities throughout their day. Each prompt is a song from the Everyday Grooves album with lyrics to guide families through their daily routine. Proceeds from the sale of this album benefit programs of the Fred Rogers Center.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Everyday Grooves is a great collection of short pop tunes that helps families set routine and create structure to their day. Familiar things like brushing teeth, getting dressed, taking a bath, going to bed, and saying thanks or good-bye are set to groovy music with catchy lyrics. These gems are great for all ages, and offer musical support to families from sun up to sun down.

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What's the story?

Written by award-wining composer and songwriter Adam Blau, EVERYDAY GROOVES is a project done in collaboration with the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College. These short pop songs (one to two minutes max) are performed by five different vocalists and are intended to encourage routines in the everyday lives of kids 3 to 5 years old through words and music.

Is it any good?

Everyday Grooves more than lives up to its name -- these groovy, bite-size song nuggets punctuate the daily routines of kids in an engaging way. The songs are well crafted (written mostly in a contemporary pop/R&B vein) and help kids navigate through transitions by aurally visualizing their day. Standout tracks include "Brush Your Teeth," "Get Ready, Let's Go," "Tell Me What You Love About Me," "I'm Thankful," "Clean Up," and "Take a Bath."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about transitions and why are they are an important part of everyday life. We need to wake up and get ready for the day, and transitions help us move from one activity to the next.

  • Consider the phrase "Whistle while you work" (from Disney's animated classic Snow White.) Talk about how music helps us pass the time and get work done. When is a time that you'd like to hear music to help you get through the day?

  • Parents: Explore wordplay with your kids and come up with a catchy rhyme or song that marks a transition unique to your family's schedule, such as going to swim or music lessons or on a trip to visit relatives.

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For kids who love preschool tunes

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