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GUEST,ChanteyLass BS: Back in the (teaching) saddle again... (26) RE: BS: Back in the (teaching) saddle again... 24 Sep 11

Congrats on your new job.

My grandson goes to a charter school in another state far from RI. Apparently at each grade level they have wonderful test scores because they only teach what the state tests at that grade level. He completed third grade without having any music, art, PE, science, or social studies. But their reading and math scores are great! At least this is what his mother (my ex-daughter-in-law) tells me.

When I was an elementary school teacher in RI, my students had classes in everything. I worked with some wonderful music and art teachers. I'm glad to read that at least one charter school includes music in its curriculum.

Find out what materials are available at your local public library. In addition to CDs, there are some wonderful picture books available. Open Mike already referred to the one about Elizabeth Cotten. There are books about the London Bridge song, Abiyoyo, All God's Critters, The Marvelous Toy, Inch by Inch (The Garden Song), and more.

Have a great year and let us know how things go for you!

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