Why I HATE the Alphabet Song


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It always makes me cringe to hear a toddler, kindergardener, preschooler or other young child burst into the traditional “A, B, C…”.  Now, its not that I dislike kids singing, or off key tunes, its the song itself I dislike.

As a preschool teacher of six years, this song has no educational value.  Its not teaching children how their vowels sound, or what sound CAT starts with, its just a sing song chant with the letters names.  This can confuse a child who is just starting to identify letters and their sounds.  A doesn’t say Ay, it says aaaa. If you know anyone under five years of age, it can be quite a situation when they believe they are saying it right, and it can lead to problems in school when they start trying to learn phonetically and  C A T doesn’t read cat, it reads,  See-ay-tee.  Yes, I have seen this.  Or, worse even, they try to just memorize words.  So reading goes ” c…. a…. t….  Tap!”, where instead of reading phonetically, they assume the last sound is a whole word to fill in the blank.

Another problem, is the children tend to combine sounds together to make new letters (and I have heard four year olds arguing over this one).  When they get to the letter L in the song.  Example “H, I, J, K, LMNO, P”.  They tend to think that it is all one letter, and funnily enough they will say it with such a flourish that they can convince anyone.  But, again, its teaching the sounds incorrectly.

Now, there are other great songs that introduce children to the proper sounds (that go great flash cards and objects) such as A says Ah.  These I love hearing! Especially when they hit the letter h with Ha Ha Ha!

Now, yes I dislike the song, but only when it comes to people teaching children the alphabet with this song, or teaching this song before they understand their letters or sounds.  Good luck out there!

10 Things I Learning from being an Ocarina Tutor


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ocarina pic

So, a bit of a background, I love ocarinas and flute intstruments.  I decided since I have played for years that I would try and pass on my skills, tips and tricks onto other eager ocarina enthusiasts! But I learned a lot:

1) With a society that loves quick results, so many people seem to think it will take only a few lessons for awesome results.  It will take months or years to get amazing results, unfortunately.  This is something I try to explain to my students when we first begin, though most students will think that they can be the next rising star, and this is where most of the problems come from.

2) Most students are only attending to learn that ONE song, forgetting that there are skills, techniques, and that we have to learn those simple songs before we can melt out songs.

3) Everyone has a problem area.  Including myself!

4) To always prepare a variety of pieces for the student to choose from.

5) Yes, I have silly techniques, but yes, I know from my own flute lessons that they DO WORK! And you have to stick by them.

6) All students get frustrated, but it helps to show them the light at the end of the tunnel.

7) Eventually all students think they can do better than you, sometimes they just never show up again, sometimes they turn impatient, and sometimes, just sometimes, you get those special students who will stick through to the end…. and come back for more!

8) Take the chance for odd requests to grow your music stash!

9) Not all students can read music, and will need finger charts/tabs before it clicks in.  But making good notes with cheats can help them learn!

10) Not all students will come out victorious.  But if you can walk away learning something, and knowing they have gained at least ONE thing, hold your head high!

Just because

Not everyone will accept your past,  but it
wasn’t their’s to live. Not everyone will see your future, but its not their’s to dream. Just because someone worries about you, doesn’t mean they are judging you. Just because someone isn’t near you, doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking of you dearly.

Thanks, but no thanks, coach.


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As I sit watching the game tonight, I suddenly have a flashback to the worst coach I ever got to play under.

It was grade ten basketball.  We were on our way out of town for a tournament.  Now, I was excited about this tournament! I may not be a strong offensive player, but since I wasn’t, I was shuffled to be a defensive, which tended to be this coaches favorite place to shuffle players he didn’t want to push for play time.  More defensive, less play time for me.  But out of town tournaments were different, since we had to pitch in for gas money and hotel money, we were all guaranteed at least ten minutes of play time.  Perfect!

First period, ten minutes in, …. no play…

five minutes left… no play…

Half time.  Get told to play better, haven’t played yet.

Second period, lets go!… still no play…

Comes down to the last five minutes, coach calls me to replace the star, sweet!

I go on for 17 seconds, I get called back off, he told the main star what he wanted, she had to go back on.  She had been playing the whole time.  What … the…. heck?

End of game. I got 17 seconds of play time.  That night I got a ride home from my coach because I had something I had to attend the next day.  I wouldn’t get any more play time this tournament.

“You’re not allowed to be mad at me”

“I didn’t get to play.  You said we all get equal playing time at out of town tournaments”

“I  had to so we could have a stronger chance to win”

“But we didn’t win, not even close”.  The score was over 20 points difference.

“Your still not allowed to be mad”

This coach who I had trusted, gave me the worst example of a mentor that I will never forget. I will never tell a child that they aren’t allowed to play in a game for my own agenda. I will never not keep a promise or a written rule to anyone. I will never tell someone they aren’t allowed to feel an emotion about an unfair situation.

After that weekend I told my mother it wasn’t worth playing on his team anymore.

I joined up with other teams, where we got to play and it was for fun, and we had great fun! And I never really looked back.

Not hard, not soft, like a jam!


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I was a waitress at a restaurant that served eggs for every meal, which was great for graveyard workers, or late night partiers.  I have many stories, mightmares and laughs, but one stuck out this morning as I was making my breakfast.

We had this girl that at least once a month would come in and order the same thing.  Now, I don’t mind typical customers, and if you enjoy something, its a treat to try it again! But, it was how she ordered it that has always stuck with me. So heres seen, all day breakfast restaurant, typical waitress waiting on customers, in walks twenty something girl and her friend. Waitress sits them down, and goes to get their drinks.

“Alright ladies, here are your drinks”

“Alright, ill get eggs benedict, fruit cup, ham, oh, and I want my eggs, not hard, not soft, like a jam.”

“Ok, gotcha…” take her friends order, and carry on.  Go to the back, and type in over medium.  Ladies enjoy their lunch, praise the food, leave.

Next month, girls arrive.  Same explanation about the eggs. So I turn back

“Ok, eggs over medium-”

“No, no no…. not hard, not soft, like a jam!


Same thing next month, so again I try to explain to her that what she wants is over medium, that she doesn’t have to explain it every time.

“No, its not.  I don’t want it hard, or soft. Like a jam!”

So, realizing that you can’t fix stupid, I go to the back to type in her order.  This time when it prompts me to select wellness level of the egg, I hit *see note* and type in her explanation.  Thirty seconds later the cook sticks his head out , gives me a confused look.  I explain the antics of this specific customer, to which he replies:

“Eggs have been around for thousands of years, shes been around for two decades, and she figures we haven’t figured out a word for not hard, not soft, like a jam? Did you try and explain it?”

Well I tried to hint at it, time and again… sometimes you cant fix stupid.

Cheers for knitting!


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Not only am I happy to present another pair of baby pants made from scratch (no pattern) but its my first request with crochet! I crocheted the eye as I thought they would look better than if I stitched them on.  I am quite please! But found out that I don’t care too much for the hook and appreciate my needles so much more!

Cheers for knitting!

Double Challenge


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Double Harmonic Ocarina

A few years ago I purchased a double harmonic ocarina from http://www.songbirdocarina.com . I was very proud, and scared, about this new instrument! I had seen pictures of instruments like this in movies, cartoon, bible excerpts, I was excited! But it took me months to even try it, and months again to even make it sound good.

The biggest fault I found was with myself.  I felt I could never show this to others, as they wanted to hear it, and I didn’t think I was worthy of that honor.  Finally, after much encouragement from my friend who plays piano with our church, I brought it out, and played Amazing Grace infront of our group one sunday.

It went….

Great! I was asked to play it again and again!

And I have been asked to play again in two months, by then I hope to be even better :)

WIP… still in progress.


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Its been an odd year.  Since I have started knitting six years ago, the seasons have brought the same variables.  Summer and fall are busy with getting my stock up for winter sales. Christmas gets busy with requests for gifts.  New year and the rest of winter is calm with my own personal projects, or my WIP (work in progress), then summer hits with plans for the fall markets.

Now, around our town, we have had a bit of an oil recession hit.  Which means the fathers and men haven’t been working since Christmas, since they aren’t working, they aren’t spending.  If they are home, kids stay home and wifes work, which usually (and sadly) means lower income, so families are staying in more, going out less, so our entertainment industry suffer.  If the families have little ones in childcare or preschool, they tend to pull out their children, so the daycares/dayhomes/preschools suffer.  I have been laid off due to this trend.

Now, I also have my knitting, so after the emotional turbulence settled, my mind went to all my WIP that I have.  Great! I got my projects, my ideas, all those great bits! My only problem being that I haven’t had a slow down in requests! Odd, since our town is hitting  down turn and you would expect spending to be down!

So sadly, my WIPs are still waiting for me, but needles are till flying and I am gaining some money through my door. :)


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