Phyllis Gaskins wrote these songs (The Habitat Song was written by Jill Leaman) to help teach her second grade students about social studies, geography, reading, and science. She found that singing about the water cycle, or about Native American nations helped the children remember important concepts while having fun singing along!
The songs are performed by Brent Holl, folk singer and former teacher as well. He uses acoustic guitar, melodica, all manner of special percussion instruments, and a home made marimba. Teachers who have marimbas, ukuleles, or Orff instruments in their classrooms will be able to re-create the simple accompaniments for the songs with full scores.
All of the songs in the CD are included in the School Songs songbook also listed on this page.