Recess Music from your local library

This summer my family listened to a free advanced review copy of Gratitude Attitude, the newest title in Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series. We also own the CD Someone Else’s Shoes, which is from the same collection. I love them both! They are social emotional learning put into song, combined with enjoyable music. (I had to add that last qualifier because I’ve listened to “Wheels on the Bus” way too many times.)

The first time we listened to “Gratitude Attitude” we were driving up to the mountains for a family camping trip. I noticed that for about thirty minutes after we got out of the car, my kids were a lot better about saying “thank you”. Then the effect wore off.

But as we continued to listen to the music all summer, some of the lessons stuck. “Use a napkin not your mom” by Kathy Kallick gets mentioned almost every day, and “Only Take What You Need” by Earth Mama is a family favorite.

The good news for all of us is that the Everett Public Library System and Sno-Isle Libraries have many of the “Best Foot Forward” CDs in their collections. This is music worth checking out. My library card is quivering in anticipation!

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