FIRST NOTES OF SPRING
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Video Interview with Jessica Kulekjian, author of FIRST NOTES OF SPRING
With Spring knocking on our door, there is not a more perfect book to share today than this one by Jessica Kulekjian, illustrated by Jennifer Bower ( a NC illustrator!) FIRST NOTES OF SPRING is a beautiful book welcoming spring with music and frolicking text full of onomatopoeia and a lovely message about finding your voice -- and your group. Join Jessica and me below as we explore the background, the music, favorite parts, and upcoming projects!
PB (Picture Book Tasting)
FIRST NOTES OF SPRING is a book to delight the senses. It is wonderfully fun to read aloud, and absolutely perfect for kids to interact with -- using bodies and voices! As a teacher, I know the message of "Too loud, too wild . . ." will resonate with students (some more than others ;-) The woodland setting and fun characters add to the charm and appeal of this book, but the onomatopoeia are like the cherry on top. The way Jennifer Bower hand-lettered all the delightful sounds of the book helps readers know how to read the words and infuse their own beautiful charm and appeal. It is full of interesting teachable moments with elements of SEL, music, literature and language arts, science, and more! Even a little "Easter egg" hunt (Watch the video above to find out what to look for!)
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Theme song "Find Your Band" by Tara Trudel. A great musical piece to accompany THE FIRST NOTES OF SPRING. Another element which makes the book a perfect inclusion for music classrooms, the song is full of actionable onomatopoeia, fun rhythms, adorable language and might be the most pleasant ear worm you've ever had.
Teacher Tips/Curriculum Tie-ins
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Oh, my -- this book is replete with musical opportunities:
Writing Prompts/Author Tips
Author Tips from Jessica:
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
PBJamz Snack (Gooey PB&J Blondies)
Here's the recipe for these delicious-looking (and gluten-free) Gooey PB&J Blondies. Blondies are brownie-textured, but without the chocolate. These have peanut butter and jelly appeal thrown in. Plus they're made with garbanzo beans and oats, so if you get GF oats, this recipe is gluten free! I wish I could tell you I've taste-tested them, but it is a very busy week, and I have not -- YET. But they are on my list to do very soon! Let me know if you try them first!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Jessica is giving away one signed copy of THE FIRST NOTES OF SPRING to ONE lucky classroom! To be eligible, comment below with your name, your school, and what subject/grade you teach. Random winner selected from comments received!
Here is where you can find her on-line:
Illustrator Jennifer Bower website
3/19/2022 05:27:04 pm
Love this blog
4/21/2022 09:27:12 pm
Thanks so much, Karen! I appreciate your stopping by and hope you'll come back often! New content drops each Thursday! Please share with your friends who might find it helpful, and if you try some of the activities, pop back in and let us know how they went!
Jen Fier Jasinski
3/22/2022 05:18:06 pm
Amazing book and great interview- love hearing from
4/21/2022 09:29:28 pm
Thanks so much, Jen! It is a fabulous book -- and Tara's song is amazing. And I haven't made the blondies yet, but I am looking forward to trying them because they do look awesome! Please pop back in anytime and share PBJamz with anyone who might find it interesting or helpful
3/23/2022 06:06:19 am
I loved learning all about PBJams. Thanks for all the information. I am looking forward to implementing into my classroom. I teach all subjects to second graders at Arthur W Edwards.
4/21/2022 09:31:25 pm
Thanks, Julie! I hope you'll pop back in often and share with all the teachers in your circle who might find it beneficial! It was fun to connect with you! Blessings for an amazing remainder of the school year!
3/23/2022 02:31:34 pm
I enjoyed the interview! And the theme song for the book is so much fun! It IS catchy just like the PBJamz song! ☺️Thank you for sharing all the information!
4/21/2022 09:33:26 pm
Thank you my friend! I can't wait for our conversation :-) I appreciate your support and I'm so glad you enjoyed the episode!
3/23/2022 02:32:16 pm
This is an amazing website. What a wealth of information. I’m in Huntersville, NC
4/21/2022 09:34:54 pm
Thanks, Margaret for popping in! New content drops every Thursday, so please share with your music friends, author friends, and teacher friends! So glad you enjoyed it!
3/23/2022 04:39:07 pm
I teach Kindergarten at Gullett Elementary in sunny Florida!
4/21/2022 09:36:02 pm
Thanks for checking in, Brandy! I hope the rest of your school year is sunny, too!
3/23/2022 07:34:25 pm
Tonnye...I love your blog. How and when do you find the time?
4/21/2022 09:38:31 pm
Thanks so much, Amy! I don't have kids, I have a very supportive and helpful husband, and I'm learning to live on less sleep ;-) 33 years is amazing! This is year 24 for me, but I started a bit later than most. Teaching is a special profession, and I'm proud to be part of it!
3/23/2022 07:42:16 pm
What a fun book! Love all of the suggestions for using it with students. I’m a PreK-5 media specialist at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School in Maryland.
4/21/2022 09:40:25 pm
Thanks for checking in, Lori! Love media specialists! You guys rock! I hope you'll stop back by for more great musical books and ways to use them and share PBJamz with your teachers and your music teachers in your district! Have a great rest of the year!
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