Sharon Burch
Freddie idea from Pennsylvania

I just did the first Freddie lesson with my 1st graders last week and they are asking and asking if Freddie is “hiding” in my room. For the first few lessons I hide him somewhere as an incentive for them to come in quietly so they don’t “scare” him. It’s pretty funny!! I hide him in all kinds of crazy places and sometimes pretend I can’t find him…I LOVE MY JOB!!! ;O)

Freddie is the only puppet I use in my teaching because I didn’t always feel comfortable “acting” with puppets. I never felt I had the gift for it but because I’m the only one who can “hear” Freddie, it’s so easy!!

Michelle Taylor
Music Educator Grades 1-6
Conestoga and Eshleman Elementary Schools
Penn Manor School District

Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

Freddie The Frog® iPad App: FREE or PRO?

If you want to try the app, download the free version of Freddie the Frog®. Then unlock the rest with in-app purchases.

If you want it completely unlocked, purchase the Freddie the Frog® Pro version for $4.99.

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If your school has multiple iPads, take advantage of the Apple Education Volume Purchasing Program. It is free for a school to sign up and it allows multiple copies of the same app to be downloaded in one iTunes account. (You are unable to download multiple copies of the free app in one account.)

Plus, it is an automatic 50% discount on 20 or more downloads of the Freddie The Frog® Pro App! That’s $2.50 per app completely unlocked!

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http://www.freddiethefrog.com/app.php

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Great Thump in the Night Review from Faye Boyer!
Shared by Faye Boyer, a fabulous teacher in Houston County, Georgia.  Great idea for review!
Week 2 with Freddie TheFrog: To review … Thump in the Night, each student places the anchors (Freddie & Eli’s houses) on top and bottom line of floor staff, then numbers, colored pages, letter names, ASL hand signs, and colors (boomwhacker colors) in each of the 4 spaces. We use this “chart” as a resource as we play FREDDIE’S SPACE MANIA: Place 6 each of green, purple, red and yellow hula hoops on the floor. Teacher calls a color, setting, letter, number or shows ASL handsign. The students must step into the corresponding colored hoop, with no more than 4-in-a-hoop to stay in the game. Did I mention there is no talking? Once out, you become a judge. Grade 2, each judge removes a resource from the chart. Ooooh, more challenging. As the game progresses, rules change to no more than 3, 2, or 1, and countdown from 10, then 5 then 3. We have so much fun. The students groan when it’s time to leave.
Week 3: Learning centers - Freddie’s Space Bingo; Coloring Pages, Website Games, Board Games and more. Pictures and details next week.
Kudos to Freddie from NJ

I wish you could have seen the 2nd graders when they listened to the Freddie story today.  The gasps when he landed in the alligator’s mouth were priceless.
Thank you so much for this wonderful tool!  It has changed everything about the way I teach!
Lauren Shaughnessy
General and Vocal Music
Appleby School
Spotswood, NJ
Thanks, Lauren.  We love hearing feedback!  It’s all about kids falling in love with music.  Making learning music fun for the kids.

Treble Clef Game Idea

Thanks, Katie, for sharing!!  Sounds like learning fun!

After reading Thump In the Night, I love to have my kids BE Freddie. We use my carpet staff as our map and students line up in four or five lines below the staff. Then I call out a spot on Treble Clef Island and the first person in each line jumps to that spot. I call it one more spot, have that same group of “Freddies” hop there, then ask them to hop to the back of their lines and the next group of Freddies gets their turn. Students love this every year! It is easier now that I have a rug with a staff printed on it, but I also did this activity by using colorful masking tape on my carpet and creating my own staff. I even used a large cardboard box to create a treble clef that fits on the staff and hangs on the wall as decor when not being used. 

Created and shared by Katie Krueger

Woohoo! The Freddie the Frog iPad App is here and doing well!

If you haven’t checked it, go to the App store on your iPad and search for “Freddie the Frog.”  Free download.  Rave reviews so far! 

If you find any bugs, email them to me at sharon@freddiethefrogbooks.com.

So far, it is only available on the iPad.  Android in the future.  But… you can play some of the games on the Android at the website, www.FreddieTheFrog.com.

FREDDIE APP coming soon!  With the brains and brawn of Appademia, a Freddie App is being created!  Can’t wait!  Great for iPad users!

FREDDIE APP coming soon!  With the brains and brawn of Appademia, a Freddie App is being created!  Can’t wait!  Great for iPad users!

Plumania is an online portal for sharing - what’s exciting to you can be inspiring to others.

Plumania is an online portal for sharing - what’s exciting to you can be inspiring to others.

The Mirror Game - MAGIC Classroom Management and Fun!

THE MIRROR GAME

 

If you have never played the “ mirror game” with your students, you are missing out on instant classroom control magic.  Kids love this game and, once established, it is an incredible efficient use of time.  It also prepares your kids for silent instruction in the previous and following steps.

 

Rules of the Mirror Game:

 

1.  Teacher is the “leader,” and students are the teacher’s giant mirror.

2. Rules to establish before beginning.  Ask the students the following questions:

a.     “Do mirrors talk?” (no)

b.     “Do mirrors echo?” (no)

c.     Say, “The better you are, the more I will try to trick you.”

3. Begin by putting both hands up and in front of your body as a starting signal.  Hold your position until everyone is doing the same.

4. Start with both hands and arms doing the same thing, such as leaning to the right slowly with your hands still in front of you.

5. As they catch on and are silently being a mirror, switch to one arm or hand doing something different than the other, make silly faces, etc.   Increase the difficulty to make it fun.  I typically pull my hands apart like I am going to clap, and then pass the hands by each other without clapping.  A few kids typically predict a clap and giggles abound when a few clapped.

6. Announce “Game Over.”

7. Explain that throughout the story, or sometimes in the middle of the song, you will suddenly play the “mirror game.”  (This works like a dream when preparing for performances.  Teach the actions, but also let them know that you are playing the mirror game during a performance so that all actions are synchronized.)

A new “Courtin’” song to use with the kids!

Katie Hubbard, a music teacher in California, sent this email to Freddie.  She was happy to share her song.  Great idea, Katie!  Love it! - Sharon

Dear Freddie,

I introduced you to the kindergarten and the 1st graders at my school today! They are very excited to start “bump in the night” next week. I wrote new verses to the “courtin’” song that I wanted to share:


I know a frog named Freddie, uh huh, (repeat)
I know a frog named Freddie,
He said, “would you like to play with me?”
I know a frog named Freddie, uh huh.

He went on an adventure, uh huh, (repeat)
He went on an adventure,
He lives outside in nature,
He went on an adventure, uh huh.

He heard a thump in the night, uh huh, (repeat)
He heard a thump in the night,
But don’t you worry, he’ll be alright,
He heard a thump a night, uh huh.

Next week we’ll read about it, uh huh, (repeat)
Next week we’ll read about it,
We’ll visit his island in just a bit,
Next week we’ll read about it, uh huh!

Thanks for getting the kids excited about music!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Katie Hubbard
Music teacher
Santa Clarita Elementary
Santa Clarita, California

School #12 Music, Rochester,  NY

School #12 Music, Rochester, NY

Another great idea from School #12 music!  Freddie felt so welcome!  The kids,teachers, and parents at school #12 rock!

Another great idea from School #12 music! Freddie felt so welcome! The kids,teachers, and parents at school #12 rock!

The other side of Amy’s classroom.   It screams, “Music is creative and fun!”  School #12, Rochester,  NY.

The other side of Amy’s classroom. It screams, “Music is creative and fun!” School #12, Rochester, NY.

Check out these ball chairs in the music room of School #12 in Rochester, NY!  What a great idea!  Thanks for sharing, Amy!

Check out these ball chairs in the music room of School #12 in Rochester, NY! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Amy!