|Renee Dawn's Store|
She enjoys writing and recording pop songs, sewing, long walks down city streets, the beach and forest parks....and organic dark chocolate.
The item that is closest to her heart is entitled: Free-Verse, Creative Poetry Writing for K – 5. It includes 16 writer’s workshop lessons that are a recipe for beat-poet confections that any student can master - even an ELL kindergartner. Children will learn to think and talk through the fresh eyes of a poet. The kit includes a rubric and writing paper for display.
One of her paid products that I find quite interesting is her My Counting Song MP3s. It features a soothing vocal over a relaxing instrumental with a soft beat. Besides teaching counting, skip counting, counting backwards and counting on, the songs are behavior management tools - hypnotic and calming. The songs help children to calm their minds and focus on the task at hand; whether for time out, clean up, transition, stretching or dance. All the songs count like a heartbeat, one beat per second.
One buyer left this feedback: "I bought it for my elderly mom who has trouble sleeping, and it helps her fall asleep. If I weren't retired, I would use it in the classroom, too."
Children also love the songs for dance breaks. How about trying robotic dancing while counting backwards? Not sure this is something you could use? Then download The Counting Song 1 – 20 which is free.
If you stop by her blog, called Teacher Ink, Renee says she will pour you a virtual cup of lemonade and then you can chat with her. This sounds like an excellent plan to me, especially on a hot summer day! Why not join me?