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Everyone stay tuned and come back next week for part 2 -- tons of teacher tips for general education, music education, homeschool, preschool, and family fun! Tips, a Pinterest board and a YouTube playlist full of amazing ways to use this superfun book!
Interview with Lisa Tolin where we discuss the book, musical connections, perseverance and not having all the answers!
Lisa and I talk about all the musical connections, parenting, teaching, how to foster creativity, how important it is to learn from our children and students just like they learn from us! It's important to keep on going, but also important to be willing to be vulnerable and admit that you don't have all the answers. It's a rich, deep conversation !
PB (Picture Book Tasting)
This book is part instruction manual, part ode to rock 'n roll, part treaty to persevere, and part plain family fun! Have you ever been in a family band? Come join this family with siblings who would like to rock the house together.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind) Rockin' the Alphabet by Mr. Al
Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, or any age that enjoys a rockin' edge on their alphabet! Mr. Al actually has a whole CD of cool rockin' music called "Kids Wanna Rock". Superfun, and I used it all the time with my second graders when I was in the regular classroom! Here's a link if you'd like to purchase the CD -- lots of old rock standards modified for a kid audience. https://melodyhousemusic.com/shop/music/mr-al-music/kids-wanna-rock/?v=ed5e635ddcfb I especially like Kids Wanna Rock and I Want Candy. This song below is awesome too -- a rockin' version of the ABC song. One thing I especially like about this one is that LMNOP don't get all clumped together in this version. There are lots of ways you could use it in the classroom (in addition to the obvious way of learning the alphabet). Accompany it with instruments, have kids hold up pictures of things that begin with that letter as he sings. Use it as an opener/attention-getter for ABC order activity or any alphabet related activity. Be sure to check out the YouTube playlist in next week's additions to this episode down in the links section. You'll find more songs and more ways to integrate rock into your regular or music classroom!
Tips for authors from Lisa!
1. Silence your inner critic.
You’ll face a lot of criticism and rejection as a writer. You don’t need to join that chorus. Personally, I find running, meditating and free writing help my brain get to a more creative place.
For me, the best writing comes from a place of joy. Sometimes that means capturing something meaningful or joyful to you on the page. Sometimes that means stepping away for a while and filling your well with non-writing joy.
3. Take a bow.
Try to celebrate small wins. Even if you get an agent or a book deal, those achievements are infrequent, not in your control, and can take years. Plus they’re usually bookended by rejection. Celebrate finishing a draft or figuring out a revision. Supply your own applause - or drop me a line and I’ll clap for you anytime!
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
1. What cool band name would you choose? Why?
2. Which is cooler? Electric guitar, Bass, or Drums? Explain.
3. Create a concert poster for your band.
4. Which rock sub-genre is best and why?
5. Where would you MOST like to perform?
6 What does it mean "Always leave your audience wanting more."?
7. Write another "how to" story.
Well, this is a FIRST, and I LOVE it! When Lisa and I were chatting, she said, "Oh, BTW, I have a great peanut butter and jelly cookie recipe if you want it. . . IF I WANT IT. . . .LOL . . . so this week, a special treat -- a PBJ snack recipe from the author herself!
Lisa Tolin’s PB&J thumbprint cookies (about 30 cookies)
I love this recipe because it’s easy and gluten-free, and it’s now my kids’ favorite!
2 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
16.3 -oz container smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup jelly
Heat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugars, vanilla and salt for a few minutes until smooth. (You can use a mixer for this, but it’s not necessary.) Add peanut butter and combine until smooth. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheets. Stick your thumb in the center to create a little thumbprint well (or use a rounded teaspoon bottom). Bake for 6 minutes, then pull out the sheet and add about a teaspoon of jelly to each thumbprint. Stick the cookies back in, rotating the sheets, for another 6-8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
Guest Links and Giveaways
Lisa is offering a signed copy of her book HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR to one lucky winner. To be eligible, simply leave a comment below! I'll choose a winner at random before the next episode airs. You'll have until 11:59 on 8/17 to leave a comment and get in the running for this great prize!
If you'd like to order a copy of HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR, here is a link for you
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