Rock n Roll With Your Kids and Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights!

Rock n Roll With Your Kids and Joanie and the Nightlights!

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Joanie and her Nightlights ride the Subway, get a Library Book, and enjoy some good Pizza in their new eclectic collection, Brooklyn Baby! Each song takes you by surprise with its tempo, style, and lyrics. You never know what you’re gonna get and we love it! They bring the tempo down with the soft sounds and lovely lyrics in Brooklyn Baby and Love is Love. Their messages of love, acceptance, and world peace make this CD one of our all time favorites. Well done, Joanie and the Nightlights. We appreciate you.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. Brooklyn Baby is available this Friday May 19th!

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More from Waldmania PR:

“From her roots as a theater major and performer in the hip clubs of New York City, Joanie Leeds has proved herself as a major talent in the field of children’s music.”

— Parents’ Choice® Gold Award review of Joanie Leeds’ Good Egg

“THE BEST KIDS’ ALBUMS NOW!  Leeds and her band bring big fun on their new release.  Don’t attempt a family road trip without this minivan-friendly winner.”
— People magazine
 

NEW YORK — Six years ago, award-winning singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds packed her bags and moved from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to the vibrant, artistic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here she found not only a place to start a family, but also a magnificent melting pot metropolis that offered dazzling adventures on a daily basis.  Inspired by her love for all things Brooklyn, Joanie will release her eighth family album, Brooklyn Baby!, on May 19.

Produced by Jesse Lauter (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elvis Perkins, Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket), Brooklyn Baby! is a real genre-bender, containing elements of folk, Southern rock, hip hop, pop and punk presided over by a singer whose sheer command of vocal artistry is second to none.

Songs about the park system (“Ferry Nice”), public transportation (“Subway”) and Brooklyn’s most famous dish (“Pizza”) are a given, but the heart of the album embraces both a Brooklyn mentality and sentimentality with love (“Love is Love”), thirst for education (“Library Book”), healthy eating (“Apples in My Apples”), and Yiddish expressions (“Shayne Punim”). The album closes with Joanie’s take on Brooklyn-born Lou Reed’s gentle tune, “Sunday Morning.”

Gifted with a soulful, “rock solid” voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy, Joanie Leeds is an exceptionally versatile artist who brings serious musicianship to the table right alongside a terrific sense of fun and fashion.  Says SiriusXM’s Kids Place Livehost Mindy Thomas, “Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house.  You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her.  That’s Joanie.  Only she’s also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE!”

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights have performed in dozens of cities nationwide at such prominent venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, the CMAs, the Hang Out Festival, Symphony Space, Wolf Trap, and LA’s Skirball Center.

Joanie Leeds’ original kids’ music won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, as well as winning an Independent Music Award, Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, NAPPA Gold Award, and Family Choice Award, and Joanie was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Competition.  Joanie’s music has been highly praised in People magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!

Prior to Brooklyn Baby!, Joanie Leeds released seven critically acclaimed, full-length albums and two full-length DVDs, in addition to numerous videos on her Youtube channel.  She is currently at work on more music videos, while maintaining a busy teaching and performance schedule.

Brooklyn Baby! will be available online at www.joanieleeds.com, Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, TuneCore, and other related digital outlets.

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CD Details:  Brooklyn Baby!
Release Date:  May 19, 2017
For ages 4 – 9
Label:  Limbostar
SRP:   $15.00 for CD.  $9.99 for digital download.
Running time:  43 minutes

Children Stay Busy (and have fun) Over the Summer with Fundanoodle!

Children Stay Busy (and have fun) Over the Summer with Fundanoodle!

This school year is coming to an end, but next year is on our minds. If you have a rising Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or 1st grade child and you want to avoid the ‘brain drain’ over the summer, Fundanoodle has the answer.
Our Gift Service sends your child one product per month for four months at an affordable cost. So, if you order soon, your child will receive one of our specially designed products on the 15th of May, June, July, and August, giving them the confidence they need for the upcoming school year. These products travel so well! They go on planes, trains, and automobiles with their sturdy cardboard, carrying cases, and binding rings.
Click on the photos to be directed to the service on my site and let me know how I can help.

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Product # GS001

Gift Service – Level One – Pre-Kindergarten – Price: $60.00

Your Little Learner will enjoy 4 months of educational FUN from Fundanoodle! You order once and we ship one item per month on the 15th of each month after you place the order. You must place separate orders for each child (shipping is included so there is no extra fee) and include the child’s name on Address Line 2. Call your Ambassador with questions! GS001 – Gift Service Level One – Regular Retail Price $49.96- Gift Service Price $60 (includes shipping) A savings of $21.76 for Pre-School Learners 15252 I Can Do Fun Activity Floor Pad 1st Month 15263 I Can Cut Activity Book 2nd Month 15254 Activity Book – Level 1 3rd Month 92849 Math Book, Level 1 4th Month

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Product # GS002

Gift Service – Level Two – Kindergaarten – Price: $57.00

Your Little Learner will enjoy 4 months of educational FUN from Fundanoodle! You order once and we ship one item per month on the 15th of each month after you place the order. You must place separate orders for each child (shipping is included so there is no extra fee) and include the child’s name on Address Line 2. Call your Ambassador with questions! GS002 – Gift Service Level Two – Regular Retail Price $47.96 – Gift Service Price $57 (includes shipping) A savings of $22.76 for Pre-K Learners 15267 Uppercase Muscle Movers 1st Month 15277 I Can Write Numbers 2nd Month 15276 Activity Book, Level Two 3rd Month 92850 Math Book, Level 2 4th Month

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Product # GS003

Gift Service – Level Three – 1st grade – Price: $66.00

Your Little Learner will enjoy 4 months of educational FUN from Fundanoodle! You order once and we ship one item per month on the 15th of each month after you place the order. You must place separate orders for each child (shipping is included so there is no extra fee) and include the child’s name on Address Line 2. Call your Ambassador with questions! GS003 – Gift Service Level Three – Regular Retail Price $56.96 – Gift Service Price $66 (includes shipping) A savings of $27.76 for Kindergarten Learners A savings of $27.76 for Kindergarten Learners 15282 Lowercase Muscle Movers 1st Month 92907 FUN LC, Magnetic Letters 2nd Month 192851 Math Book, Level Three 3rd Month 5293 Activity Book, Level 3 4th Month

 

 

 

Learn Lessons of Love and Laughter in the Foreign Film, Heidi

Learn Lessons of Love and Laughter in the Foreign Film, Heidi…
Sweet, touching, and full of love, Heidi is a story of a little girl with a big spirit who overcomes the narrow minded attitudes of a few adults in her young life. She wins the heart of her grandfather and two friends from complete opposite class standings. Her smile never fades even through the darkest of times and always shows that kindness, laughter, and love will prevail.
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Throughout the film, you are treated to the stunning countrysides and mountains of Germany and Switzerland. But it is through Heidi’s eyes and heart that we discover how her life is far more rich living in her grandfather’s primitive Alps cabin than it could ever be in the mansion of the governess.
Watch here as Heidi meets the governess, Miss Rottenmeier.
Heidi is available TODAY (4/4/17) as a DVD (exclusively at Walmart) or Digital.
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Heidi (Anuk Steffen) lernt Lesen in Frankfurt
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Klaras Großmutter (Hannelore Hoger) liest mit Heidi (Anuk Steffen) ein Buch

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More from Film Movement:
“An international box office smash, filmed on location in the Swiss Alps,
this Dove Foundation “Family Approved” live-action feature based on one of the best-selling children’s novels of all time, makes its U.S. debut on DVD and Digital April 4, 2017.
DVD AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT WALMART
 
With more than 50 million copies in print, Swiss author Johanna Spyri’s beloved 1880’s novel, “Heidi,” is one of the all-time classics of children’s literature, which has also spawned numerous adaptations – from a 1937 Shirley Temple vehicle and several Japanese anime series to a Hanna-Barbera feature.  This April, Omnibus Entertainment invites families everywhere to head for the hills with HEIDI, a new, lavishly produced adaptation starring Bruno Ganz and marking the big screen debut of Anuk Steffen as the titular Swiss mountain girl.
 
Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her eccentric grandfather, Alpöhi (Ganz), cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the breathtaking Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to grandfather’s goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest.  But these carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is whisked to Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete.  The idea is for her to stay with the wealthy Sesemann family and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara, under the supervision of the strict nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier.  Although the two girls soon become close friends and Klara’s grandmother awakes a passion for books in Heidi while teaching her to read and write, young Heidi‘s longing for her beloved mountains and her grandfather grows ever stronger.
 
Spyri originally published “Heidi” as a two-volume novel – “Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning” and “Heidi: How She Used What She Learned” – and, according to the original subtitle, was written “for children and those who love children.”  Aside from being translated from the original German into over 50 different languages, HEIDI has also become an enduring figure in children’s entertainment through many theater productions; television programs, including one by the BBC and one by Walt Disney; films, including a silent one; a musical play co-written by Neil Simon; a video piece with Paul McCartney and Mike Kelley, and a talking dog version with Angela Lansbury.  There is even a “Heidiland” in eastern Switzerland.
 

Called “handsomely crafted” (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post), this most recent adaptation, an international box office smash that has played at top children’s film festivals across the U.S., also captured the award for “Best Children’s Film” at last year’s German Film Awards.  Omnibus Entertainment’s DVD features both the original German language version with English subtitles, as well as a dubbed version.

 
HEIDI (111 minutes) Directed by Alain Gsponer. Starring Bruno Ganz, Anuk Steffen, Isabelle Ottman, Quirin Agrippi, Katharina Schuettler, Hannelore Hoger, Maxim Mehmet, Peter Lohmeyer, Anna Schinz, Jella Haasse.
An Omnibus Entertainment release, distributed by Film Movement.”

Three Ways to Practice Letters Without Ever Using a Pencil

Three Ways to Practice Letters Without Ever Using a Pencil…

Is your little learner struggling with handwriting? Do you want your child to write a little neater? Or do you just want to get a little bit ahead of that kindergarten game?

Well, put that pencil down. Put the paper away. Fundanoodle has your solution!

Introducing the Muscle Mover FUN kit!

Did you notice the word fun? That’s the key that often gets removed from letter writing and formation. We tend to expect our 3, 4, and even 5 year old children to pick up a crayon, pencil, or pen, hold it properly, and just start writing. And this leads to frustration. This is just one of the Fundanoodle products that will help solve that problem.

Your child needs to build and strengthen those finger and hand muscles BEFORE ever picking up a writing implement. And that comes from using the fingers and hands to push, pull, pinch, grasp, roll, and stretch.

Today is a great day for Fundanoodle, as we launch our new kits which employ the Three Ways to Practice Letters Without Using a Pencil:

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1.) Our Muscle Mover cards, either in an Uppercase or Lowercase set, start with a colorful, fun, and unique animal action/sound on one side. The child uses their large motor skills to gallop, soar, moo, or roar, etc., preparing their body and mind to concentrate on letter formation. The flip side of the card shows the letter (uppercase or lowercase) of the animal they just emulated.

2.) From the Play Doh container provided in the kit, they will roll the Play Doh into long strips and trace the letter. It can all be traced with one long piece, like the letters L, C, and S. Or it will be traced in sections, as in the letters T, H, and B. But the sky’s the limit! I’ve seen children make small balls and place them on the letter until it is fully covered; or flatten tiny little pancakes on the letter to complete it’s formation.

This little learner chose to use our Safety Scissors to create a very sunny and bright lowercase ‘y’!

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3.) From the Wikki Stix bag, they will then trace the letter with these sticky, bendable, and colorful sticks. They can use different colors for different sections of the letters. They can fold the sticks to fit the letter. The sticks can be cut (with parental supervision or support, if necessary) to fit the letter formation. Again, innovative tracing techniques are welcome here!

Enjoy this video of Emma and Aiden, ages 5 and 6, putting all three ways into practice. There’s no doubt that our new product lives up to it’s name with tons of FUN!

Buy this product using the links below. And as always, contact me through my website with questions about this and any of our products.

Product # 93400
Our Lowercase Muscle Mover FUN Kits include: • Fundanoodle’s Lowercase Muscle Mover Cards and dry erase pen • Wikki Stix • Play Doh • Easy instructions for hands-on learning fun! • All this for just $26.99! Your Little Learner will love these colorful cards featuring unique animals and movement activities. There is no better way to practice letter formation!
Product # 93300
Our Uppercase Muscle Mover FUN Kits include: • Fundanoodle’s Uppercase Muscle Mover Cards and dry erase pen • Wikki Stix • Play Doh • Easy instructions for hands-on learning fun! • All this for just $26.99! Your Little Learner will love these colorful cards featuring unique animals and movement activities. There is no better way to practice letter formation!

 

 

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CD Giveaway on Blog Mom Reviews!

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Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Portland, February 28, 2017 ~ Red Yarn, Portland’s acclaimed family folksinger and puppeteer, releases a new album called Born in the Deep Woods on March 10. The album completes his Deep Woods trilogy, an epic song cycle exploring the roots and branches of American folk music. With his full band and puppet troupe, Red Yarn will celebrate the release with shows around the Pacific Northwest this spring, at SXSW in March, and on an east coast tour this summer.

Seven years ago, Texas-born artist and educator Andy Furgeson began a deep exploration of American folk music, adapting dozens of songs and posting rough recordings under the name Red Yarn. He dreamed up a forest called the Deep Woods to contain the strange animal tales he found. He created a cast of “critter” puppets to bring the characters to life. His homespun aesthetic caught on in Portland, where he built a successful career performing these songs and stories for thousands of families. Three award-winning albums and many music videos later, Red Yarn culminates his Deep Woods project with Born in the Deep Woods, his boldest musical statement yet.

Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry Studio with celebrated producer Adam Selzer, Born in the Deep Woods explores the genres that grew out of American folk music. From bluegrass to heartland rock, the album traces the evolution of our national musical vernacular.

At the heart of the album are Furgeson’s harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs. Recorded while she was expecting their second child, many songs channel the joys and fears of bringing new life into the world.”

Learn more about Born in the Deep Woods and Red Yarn at www.redyarnproductions.com, and at this link.

See Red Yarn, Ms. Jessie, their full band and critter pals LIVE:

SXSW Week: March 14 – 18 – various performances (with LiveMom, Do512, Children’s Cancer Association, and Spare the Rock Radio) in Austin, TX 

Saturday,  April 22 – The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest two-time Grammy Award nominee Justin Roberts, at Mission Theater and Pub, Portland, OR

 

“Oddball” DVD Review and Giveaway!

Oddball is a dog. A really sweet dog. But he’s a dog who gets into a lot of trouble. Until he finds his calling…penguins. “Oddball” is a sweet, loving, and happily ending story for the whole family. The cast of characters, both human and not, are as different from each other as they can be. But somehow they all come together to show that persistence, love, and instincts can solve the toughest problems. We promise you will adore this movie! Enter my giveaway to win the DVD or Digital Copy. The giveaway opens at midnight tonight!

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A little more from Entertainment One:

“Oddball is based on the true story of an eccentric chicken farmer, who with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.”

Thank you to Momentum Pictures for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review and giveaway. Good luck everybody!!

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