Super Simple Learning Reviews
A big thank you to everyone for all these words of encouragement!! We love to hear from you!
From ESL/EFL Teachers
Learning to say "Hello!" and "Good-bye!" is easier, cleaning up is easier, teaching songs is easier with you. "Uh-huh!" is fun to sing, "The Hokey Pokey" is fun to play, "Rock Scissors Paper" is... LOL! :)
First, let me thank you again for your great customer service when I placed a bulk order of SSS 3's this summer! My students' parents love the CD. They can actually catch the words! YEAH! And, my two year old (bilingual home), walks around singing the songs with no help from me, just the CD player. So, you have a great product! Thanks!
I work for a big school in Barcelona Spain called the North American Institute. Although I've been teaching kids for 13 years, I've discovered through Super Simple Songs how to plan my classes through music!!!! It's fantastic how well these materials work in the class. Children have a lot of fun from the first day and learn the songs super fast. You are doing a great job. They are very easy to incorporate into your lesson plan and use it with the book. Congratulations!!!
Congratulations for all your work and your great efforts to make our classes and lessons plans easier! This is my first year working with children who are 3 years old, and you are definitely the best help I have ever had!
Today was the first day I have ever been exposed to you "stuff" and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! It is just wonderful! Hats off to all of you - it's fun - it's catchy - it's amazing!
Hi! I really like your songs they are funny and happy the children love them. I use "Who Took the Cookie?" as icebreaker in my classroom and my children love this song. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your tips.
These songs can help me to bring a good atmosphere and some fun into my classrooms.
I like learn it versions of the songs (and my students too), because I don't have to do anything. I don´t have to copy the lyrics of the song or write the text on the blackboard. I only pre-teach some needed vocabulry and my students are able to sing the song very quickly.
My students´ favourite are action songs: The Pinocchio, The Hokey Pokey, The Bath song... It makes them very happy when teacher washes her feet during lessons and does lots of actions with them.
Thank you for everything (for beautiful songs, new teaching ideas, useful flashcards...)
Your songs are a hit in my classes. My kids love the rhythm and the lyrics, not to mention that fact they they can move around!!!
If you're a pre-school ESL teacher with just a little experience these CDs will make it effortless and fun just like teaching kids should be!
I must tell you that your CDs have been a success. I've tried them for 4 days now and children love the songs. I played "Hello, Hello" and "Walking, Walking" for the 4 and 5 year-old students and they wanted to listen to it again and again. I also tried "The Pinocchio" one with my 8-9 year-old students and, although the boys were a bit reluctant to follow my gestures, they had fun at the end and wanted to do it again during the next lesson (especially the girls).
I'm happy I bought the 3 CD set for my classes. This year I'm teaching for the first time to 5-7 years old children and it's very difficult to get their interest. I bought the CD and I tried the day after. As I'm a musician, I can remember easily lyrics and sing them. The kids loved the songs ( Five little pumpkins, Hello, Make a Circle and Trick or Treat) . Thanks sooo much. You saved me!
I find your CD's just fantastic and just the thing I needed to refresh and upgrade my teaching style. The kids come out of the classes singing the songs. And a parent told me her son broke out into singing the bath song in the bath! I had only sung the song with the boy once. Thank you.
I am excited - it really is super simple, my ESL preschoolers enjoy it and we are using the songs to teach the kids the abc of English in a very funny way. Thank you.
My name is Martina Criscaut and I live in a small town between Venice and Trieste. I just found your webpage 3 days ago and yesterday I downloaded all 3 cd's !!
I believe that you are the answer to my "prayers". I have been assigned 21 ( twenty-one !) 5 yr old children to teach English to !! It's only once a week for an hour and I can't divide them,. I was going crazy wondering how to teach them some songs..until I found your site ! The fact that the songs are simple and not fast...is what I was looking for ! The worst part is that I have to prepare them for an "end of school year " show where they have to sing at least 2 songs ! ( I love the Say Cheese Song !)..so having your songs I feel much better.
I just wanted to thank you for what you are doing and I will let you know how it goes!!
Thanks for composing and singing so many much needed songs...just the kind of songs I'd been searching high and low for so many years, with mixed results. The kids we've had the chance to introduce a few songs to have really enjoyed them and it's great to see them break into a smile when either the tempo changes suddenly or an action is called for.
Super Simple Songs has simply changed the way we teach children. Music has now become a big part of our lesson plan, whereas before it was something fun to do if it could be squeezed in. We've always loved songs and have wanted to use them more, but it was so hard finding fun songs that were easy for the children to sing along to. These are the first CDs I've heard that really had the children in mind when they were made. Instead of buying a CD for one or two good songs that the kids will enjoy and be able to sing along to, every Super Simple song can be taught, memorized and applied with little extra effort. Our teachers are very happy with Super Simple Songs. Thank You Knock Knock English for making teaching English that much easier.
This CD is a godsend! I teach English to 4 and 5 year olds in Italy and found this to be the most effective way to teach the kids...They all love singing them and actually learn while having fun! Bravo!!!
The Super Simple Songs CD 1 and 2 are superb! I love them and I have used them with my students in Brazil. Their ages range from 3 to 6 year old. They really enjoy them and they have had a lot of fun acting out while they are singing. Thanks very much for such creativity!
I work with different age groups in France. The 2 CDs "Super Simple Songs" are just great, the kids find them great fun. I noticed that it is easy for the kids to participate because there aren't too many words to remember. At last I've found what I've been looking for!!!!
From Kindergarten/Preschool/Elementary Teachers
Yesterday I used "Walking, Walking" with my preschool class... Do I need to say anything at all? Let me tell you: I've got from 3 to 15 year-old students, distributed by 10 classes, so it's a lot of work every week to reach all levels.
My preschool class has about 20 kids, jumping all around at the end of the school day, and they get really excited about the english class. I always feel very anxious because I'm never sure about what to do with them. Besides, I've never worked with such young children before. But yesterday... We learned the words and the moves and then we played it along with the song: they absolutely loved it! (and it made me realize that I might be needing some physical exercise...lol) They just wanted me to play it over and over again! And I'm amazed about how quickly they learned everything: the words, the moves, all at the same time! It was just great...! Anyway, keep up the good work!
I purchased Super Simple Songs and Super Simple Songs 2 and I love them both. Just like the first CD there are songs that have the slower version and then a faster version. This special feature allows the children in my class the time to hear and learn the words to the song before introducing the faster paced version.
As a former ESL and 1st grade teacher, I found the songs and materials on Super Simple Songs to be extremely useful and entertaining! Children will easily engage with the catching rhymes of many old family and classroom favorites, as well as some great new originals.
From Special Needs Teachers
I just wanted to say that your Super Simple Songs are wonderful for our purposes at the Auditory Oral School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. At the Auditory Oral School of San Francisco we teach Deaf and Hard of Hearing student how to speak using speech and language. We are always looking for simple songs that the children can hear and understand the words clearly. We are also looking for songs that are at a nice pace to allow the students to sing along. Thanks so much for your songs! Sincerely, Kristi Petree
I just started working with a little girl in our clinic who has autism two weeks ago and at the end of each of our sessions, we play Bye Bye Goodbye from Super Simple Songs 3. We need a clear and pleasant ending because kids love coming to play with us and often have a melt down when it is time to leave. This little girl's mom told us that she had stopped going to the library because her daughter had such an embarrassing temper tantrum whenever they left the library. Mom tried it again this week and as she feared, her daughter fell to the floor and wailed when she tried to leave. Mom suddenly remembered the Bye Bye Goodbye Song and started singing. Much to her amazement, her daughter stood up, put her coat on, and walked out of the library singing with her.
One of the songs we have been using with children who have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome is Rock Paper Scissors, from Super Simple Songs 2. In this game we pull parents, siblings, and the child with Asperger Syndrome into a circle on the floor and and listen to the song on the CD. Then we all take a turn chanting the song and offering imaginative new ideas in the middle part. We might chant, for exampe "Right Hand Paper, Left hand Rock--It's a Baseball and Mitt!". For a child with any form of autism, including Asperger Syndrome, it is much easier to get the child started with social pretend play activities if the imaginative part of the play is sandwiched in a very predictable structure. The child feels so confident and happy doing the structured part of the game that the imaginative part does not seem overwhelming. This song/game is structured just right and kids request that we play it.
I have used this CD in the Preschool Special Education setting and my students have been requesting to hear songs from it daily during circle time.
Excellent for teaching English to preschool hard of hearing students and deaf students with cochlear implants. The words are are very clear and the music has a good beat. The CD has a collection of original songs, traditional songs and traditional songs with new words substituted which is great for vocabulary development. There is a nice balance of sit down songs and songs with a lot of movement. Kids love them.
In my class for students with autism, we use this CD all day long! The songs with the 'learn' feature at a slower speed helps my students to pick up on the individual words. Incorporating music into our daily routines, morning meeting/calendar/work time/play time/clean up/goodbye, etc. really motivates my students-- And there's a song for just about every routine that we do!
As a teacher of young students with autism, I love this CD. My students respond well to music, and we use it as a cue to call kids to the table, during activities, for clean up, etc. The slower pace of the songs makes it easier for my kids to learn. The practice and learn features are great!
Hello! I am a stay at home mom right now to a toddler and a baby. I have my degree in early childhood education and believe that music is very important in the classroom (and home!). The songs have taught my daughter so much! It helped her learn her letters at a very young age. She loves your songs and asks for them often. I like how the tempo is usually slower and children are more able to participate. One of my big gripes of children's cds is that many of the songs are too fast for them to keep up. And like your name suggests, the songs are simple. Kids need to be able to be successful at singing and hear their own voices. they don't need fancy arrangements to distract them from the lyrics. Thank you so much for dedicating your time and energy into this wonderful project. Your songs are a huge hit with us and we are often singing them and sometimes we can't get the songs out of our heads! :) thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do!!!!
I´m Zuzana and I teach kids in Slovakia. We adore your songs. My three year old daughter learns English watching your videos and she doesn't know about it. I think that you have done a great job. Be proud of yourself and lots of greetings from your little fans in Slovakia.THAAAAAAAnk you :)
I've been playing the CD to my daughter (who is now 15 months old) ever since she was 6 months old. Now every time the CD begins she grins ear to ear. She is learning to knock knock, point up and down, sit down, spin in a circle. It's wonderful. We love it!
I took this to my son's preschool so they could play it in his classroom, and ALL the kids loved it! They would stop what they were doing to listen, then they ran around the room dancing and making up hand gestures that went along with the songs. My son is 3 years old, and he calls this his "Big Boy Music" and demands to hear it several times a day. He can even sing some of the songs, as they are very easy to understand. I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone with preschoolers or younger kids, as they get an opportunity to dance and have fun, and it is even enjoyable for parents too!
We found out about your songs and videos from youtube. My children (Genki, almost 3, and Hana, 15 months) really love the slower rhythm and sing-a-long-ability. And Mom and Dad don't cringe when the music comes on (I can only handle so many Wiggles songs in the car...).
Best of success to you and Knock Knock.
I have purchased several CD's for my 2.5 year old son that he enjoys. However, when a co-worker gave me Super Simple Songs, it became the favorite CD asked for over and over. It is the only CD that I also enjoy and never tire of playing for him. I highly recommend.
Having 3 active boys under the age of 4 (twins), was not conducive to quiet story times. It is a delight to pop this CD in the player and have wonderful soft music and interact with my first granddaughter, Savannah. She and I have bonded over Super Simple Songs. And, I too can now touch my nose, knees and toes!
My daughter loves to sing and dance and play, and I want her to learn English. With Super Simple Songs, we get all of that in a most effective and pleasurable way.
We play the music whenever she wants to hear it. In an active way...dancing to it like recommended on the website to have fun. For the first weeks, the slow versions are very important! Watching the demo videos to see how other kids have fun or counting the monkeys in the Five Little Monkeys. Quiet music in the background while playing something else. (Very effective!) In the car, not to be bored driving long distances. (The bus song is very important in the car.) In the morning to wake up (Hello, Hello from Super Simple Songs 1). In the evening to fall asleep (Lullaby medleys work great for that.) And it's completely impossible to go to Kindergarten if she isn't able to hear The Wheels on the Bus before.
"Julia (3 years old) says: "eowibnwöihj woijöwehg olih hwefö" (that's Julia typing). Translation: "The bus song is my favorite! And 5 little monkeys, too." (Note from daddy: And all the other songs, too!)