Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Rocking Dan awarded Frater Scholarship

It was a great honour for me to receive the Frater scholarship. A big thank you to the Fraters for their generosity and commitment to the betterment of primary education. I would also like to thank to everyone who has shown an interest in my YouTube channel and watched my videos! Thanks! teachers, parents and children!
Here is a link to the university website with details of the story!$10,000_scholarship_for_kindergarten_teacher

Link to ny YouTube channel

Come on and meet the shapes
Thanks everyone keep rocking!!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Rocking Dan Teaching Man hits 100 000 views on YouTube

Wow! Rocking Dan Teaching Man just clocked up 100 000 views on YouTube. 
Thank you to all the children, parents, teachers and everyone else who has watched my songs and animations. I hope you have enjoyed singing and dancing along to the songs! 100 000 views is an amazing milestone!

email: for your chance to win a signed CD to celebrate 100 000 views. I will be drawing one winner out of the hat!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Elephant Mass Song

This was a fun song to write. It focuses on the language of mass. I put it together to wrap up our unit on mass with my Kindergarten class. They really enjoy this one. Lots of laughs whenever I put it on! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Wow, my first animated song "The Friends of 10" has had over 30 000 views! amazing! If you are looking for Fun Educational songs and animations for Early Learners then check out my YouTube Channel! Thanks!

Monday, 9 September 2013

100 YouTube Subscribers

Just reached 100 subscribers! A great milestone! Thanks to all my subscribers for your continued interest and for watching!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Rocking Our Way To 100

It's time to Rock to 100. Here is a rocking song about counting to 100! You can sing, dance and count!

Monday, 19 August 2013

What's heavier than a lunch box?

At last the age old question "What's heavier than a lunch box?" has been answered by Kindergarten! I wrote this song after we finished our Mass unit. The children had a great time contributing to the song by brainstorming all the things they found out that are heavier and lighter than a lunch box.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Hi followers, here are some of the Maths song I have created with my classes over the last two years.
The Polar Bear Length song was a great way to wrap up our unit on length. It was based on the things the children found out about the length of a polar bear. Great fun! (2012)

Stack Slide or Roll is a song based on what the children found out about they way 3D objects move. This one you can dance to. Enjoy! (2013)
There are more Maths song on my Youtube Channel. (The Friends of 10, The Dinosaur Number Conservation Song, Come on and Meet the Shapes.) So check them out!

I had a great time this afternoon at the Early Years Teach meet. So many great ideas about using different apps and other forms of technology in the classroom. I can't wait to try some of them out!

Monday, 29 July 2013

I am really looking forward to presenting Rocking Dan Teaching Man's songs and animations at the Early Years Teach Meet in Sydney tomorrow!
It will be great to connect with other teachers and find out how they are using technology in the classroom!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Dancing to a description!

Here is the latest song that I have written with my Kindergarten class. It's called " The Mr Colquhoun Factual Description Song".  It is a song that describes me!

"The Mr Colquhoun Factual Description Song"

We wrote this song based on the Factual Description we jointly constructed as a class about me. The children and I revisited the process we went through to write the joint construction and then adapted the description to turn it into a song.  We brainstormed all the adjectives we could think of that describe me and recorded them on the SMARTboard.

After that we played a range of different talking and listening activities linked to the description of me.
Over the course of a few days we wrote the song together. I tried to keep faithful to the structure and language features of  a Factual Description.

When the song was finished we had a fun time singing it together. We also danced and played percussion instruments.
After that I recorded the children singing the song with a microphone on my laptop and added some musical instruments such as drums, bass and guitar in my "home studio".

Finally I made the animation that went along with the song and uploaded it to Youtube! The whole process was great fun and very rewarding. The children were amazing! They were so enthusiastic about the whole process!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

My Youtube channel has reached 50 000 views! It's a great milestone. Thank you to all of you for watching! I really appreciate it! More fun and entertaining educational songs and videos to come!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Facebook page for Rocking Dan

New Facebook page with all the songs I have written with and for my Kindergarten classes over the last 2 years. Check it out!
Rocking Dan Facebook page. Like me on Facebook!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Rocking out with the kids!

It was great to be able to play some of the letter and mathematics songs we have written this year for all Kindergarten kids at school today. They enjoyed singing, dancing and playing percussion to the music. Great way to finish the term! Lots of fun for everyone! Their enthusiasm for the tunes was wonderful!

Rocking Robot R song! Classic way to finish any show! backing track nice and loud!
Set list as requested by the children
1) Cool Cat c song
2)  The Dinosaur Number Conservation song
3) The Snowman with Smelly Socks s song
4) Come on and meet the shapes
5) The Friends of 10
(Encore) :)
6) Rocking Robot R song 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

It was great to be able to present one of the Sydney local  youtube subscriber contest winners with a  "The Friends of 10" CD. The contest celebrated 10,000 hits for the song on youtube.  Congratulations to Clare  and the other interstate and international winners. I would love to be able to meet you all!   But the other prizes had to be posted to the non locals! I hope you and your children get many hours of listening pleasure from the music. More youtube subscriber contents to come so subscribe now!

"The Friends of 10" song! Back to the phonics songs in the next post!