Never Stop Learning

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I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share the FACS Soundtrack Project with some wonderful teachers at the Indiana FACS Professional Development Conference in Indianapolis yesterday.  What a great experience!  The teachers were so receptive to the idea of using music as an instructional strategy! 

Thanks so much to all those who participated in my round table discussion.  There were so many great songs suggested and today’s selection is one of those songs—Flowers Are Red by Harry Chapin.  This would be a great song to use in a child development or parenting class, as well as other applications.  Listen carefully to the lyrics because they’re actually very insightful.

Note to Indiana FACS teachers:  If you suggested a song title during one of our round table sessions, I encourage you to share them with your fellow FACS professionals.  I’m bound to forget many of the song titles and it would be a shame to deprive others of your great ideas.  Just click on the Comment section to post a song title or go to our Facebook page to share your selections, if that’s easier for you. http://www.facebook.com/FreshFACS  Just a reminder that we welcome suggestions from all FACS teachers everywhere! 

The lyrics of this song are sure to inspire some great class discussion.

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin’ young man
I’m paintin’ flowers he said
She said… It’s not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red
There’s a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You’ve got to show concern for everyone else
For you’re not the only one

And she said…
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said…
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

Well the teacher said.. You’re sassy
There’s ways that things should be
And you’ll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me…..

And she said…
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said…
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It’s for your own good..
And you won’t come out ’til you get it right
And are responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin’
She said…Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let’s use every one

But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen.

But there still must be a way to have our children say . . .

There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

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