The Incredible Flexible You

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Lively, original songs encourage social interaction.

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Educational value

11 songs -- plus a bonus track -- were created to accompany the Social Thinking curriculum set. Lyrics are provided and the storybook associated with each song is listed at the bottom of each tune. Kids learn complex social interaction concepts -- like reading other's emotions -- in a language they can understand. 

Positive messages

Teamwork is important when it comes to working in groups, and it's OK to ask for help if you can't figure out a problem on your own. 

Positive role models

Chapin's "Listen With All of You" promotes active listening, which parents and teachers will surely appreciate. Songs like "The Plan" and "The Incredible Flexible You" stress the importance of learning to work with others because "It's so much better, working together" and "It's fun to be a part of a team, it's true!" 

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Consumerism

Parents may consider buying the Social Thinking storybooks so kids can get a visual understanding of the lessons that these songs are trying to teach. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Incredible Flexible You features 12 catchy songs created to help demonstrate the principles of Social Thinking, a unique method designed to help young kids age 4-7 get a better understanding of social interaction. There is no iffy content to worry about.

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What's the story?

Social interaction can be a tricky subject to teach, especially when many of today's kids are interacting more with their iPads than face-to-face with each other. Luckily, Grammy Award-winning artist Tom Chapin -- often referred to as "the pioneer of kid's music" -- and Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Phil Galdston have teamed up with Social Thinking to create THE INCREDIBLE FLEXIBLE YOU, an album that is just as entertaining as it is educational. The album features a variety of genres, including pop, folk, and blues, to encourage kids to have fun while actively practicing the Social Thinking concepts.

Is it any good?

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Parents and teachers of young kids will appreciate Chapin's ability to take complex concepts and translate them into kid-friendly terms. Songs like the rhyming and metaphor-filled "Think With Your Eyes," the blues track "My Own Detective," and the upbeat "Look, Think, Guess, Know" teach kids to come to their own conclusions about their surroundings. The Incredible Flexible You also stresses the importance of having an open mind when it comes to working with others in groups, like in the titular "The Incredible Flexible You" and the bonus track "You Can Bend." Even though the lyrics are tied to the Social Thinking storybooks, the album can stand alone as a series of songs with valuable and positive content that kids will enjoy dancing and singing along to. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the album's title. Why do you think Chapin chose to name it The Incredible Flexible You? Why is it important to have flexible thinking?

  • Chapin asks "What's the size of the problem?" What types of problems are "small as a mouse" or "big as a house"? Who can you turn to for help?

  • Kids can play a game of "Show Me What You're Feeling" or charades. Take turns acting out different emotions and "Think With Your Eyes" to guess what others are feeling.

Music details

Artist:Tom Chapin
Release date:March 12, 2013
Type:Album
Label:Sundance Music, Inc.
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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