Jeff and Paige want to bring their latest album--"Little Songs, Big Science: Musical STEAM* For Kids" to more people and a more diverse audience. Jeff and Paige aim to do this in two ways: videos that are free and available to all and donations to classrooms.
This 6th Jeff and Paige album is a little different than previous Jeff and Paige work. Each song includes one science concept presented with simple lyrics.
(*STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.)THE PROJECT:
Jeff and Paige focused Little Songs Big Science on young audiences, like preschoolers and kindergartners, whose science curriculum is often overlooked. The aim of this album is to make science accessible and fun to teachers and kids, and most importantly available and affordable to all!
But that's not everything... Jeff and Paige have partnered with the education team at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.
This team is developing (and testing and evaluating with real audiences) simple experiments / activities to go with each song. These will be made available, in lesson plan formats, on the Little Songs Big Science webpage as the team gets them ready. (The Air Pressure lesson plan is available to view on our site.
)HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN:
Jeff and Paige are creating videos that go along with every song (the Air Pressure video on this page is a first example). These videos will include the activities from the lesson plans, demonstrating or playing with the science concepts therein.
These videos will be fun engaging tools for parents and teachers to use to get kids excited before, after, and during the experiments. When all of these steps are complete Little Songs Big Science will be not just a kids' music album it will be a mini do-it-yourself-science curriculum.
And yes there's more... Jeff and Paige aim to donate this full curriculum (album, lesson plans, and music videos) to preschools throughout Boulder County
-- from home schools to public schools and ALL Boulder Valley School District PreK - 1st Grade classrooms.
Priority will be given to schools with underserved populations, but we hope to raise enough money so that all are included.
If you'd like to understand more about the project (the reasons behind it, the itemized expenses, etc. you can read on below). If this is enough information for you, we'll take a moment to thank you here: For all your support in continuing to spread a message of joy, hope, and love for science and the natural world, thank you. By creating this campaign our aim is to help create the next generation of environmental stewards and we cannot possibly do this without you. With so much gratitude, thank you for your support. ~Jeff and Paige (www.jeffandpaige.org).MORE DETAILED INFO:
Students (and their grown-ups) receiving the project will have learning experiences that connect them to science, music, and the natural world. Students will learn, without even realizing it, that they are connected to the natural world and that their actions and understandings have power. Students will learn science through the arts: music, movement, theater!
In 2014 the Boulder County Environmental Education Collaborative (BCEEC), a working group that consists of representatives from most environmental education providers that serve youth in Boulder County schools, completed a comprehensive surveys of these offerings. Their findings identified preschool science and environmental education as a gap in the existing offerings for preschool populations, particularly in free and reduced lunch schools.
This project will help to fill that gap.
The kinesthetic, musical approach to teaching science in the classroom is new and exciting. The activities and songs will be accessible and fun for all who use them and encourage active engagement with science and the natural world.
Jeff & Paige's music and performances are accessible to kids of all ages, learning styles and cultural demographics. Their training as teachers and use of visual props, costumes, song, theater and of course music make them a perfect fit with second language learners.Itemized Expenses:
--Video Production (Editing, filming, and post-production): $5000
--Props and space rental and equipment for Videos: $500
--Curriculum Donations: $1000
--Staff to coordinate and deliver donations: $1000
--Artist stipend: $2500
MORE ABOUT JEFF AND PAIGE:
"I don't want to be a princess when I grow up anymore. I want to be a bat!"
Lily age 4 after Jeff & Paige Camp.
Through their live shows and six different albums J&P have reached thousands of children with a joyful spirit of play and passion for ecological awareness. Children, teachers, & parents rave about the impact that J&P's work has on their lives. This isn't just musical entertainment. It's artistic work that creates science fans and plants the seed to become life-long stewards of the environment. J&P fans (from grown-ups to 3 year olds) are transformed by their experience of watching and participating in science lessons brought to life through theater and music.
J&P have won several awards for their musical programming: 2016 National Parent Products Award (NAPPA) Award, 2013 and 2016 Parent's Choice Award, and Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Award (CAEE) for excellence in programming (full list at jeffandpaige.org). J&P albums use songs, storytelling, & interactive play to engage kids with nature, music, and movement. Little Songs Big Science includes, interactive songs that combine advanced vocabulary and overarching science concepts with catchy hooks and encouragement to explore/connect with the natural world.