Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jack Hartmann

Oh I cannot describe how much I love Jack Hartmann. Once upon a time, I was a Dr. Jean and Greg & Steve I cannot get enough of Jack! My love for him increased when I came to discover how much the boys truly enjoy him. There is something about his sound, kind of "rockish" that appeals to the boys.

Favorite Songs/CD's
The Cool Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes- Hip Hop Alphabop
Count by 10's- Math in Motion
The Alligator Chomp- Math in Motion
Birthdays- Math in Motion
Countdown to Blastoff-Math in Motion
Hip Hop Tooty Ta- Hip Hop Alphabop 2
The Silly Pirate Dance- Hip Hop Alphabop 2
The Cowboy Dance- Hip Hop Alphabop 2
The Cool Itsy Bitsy Spider-  Hip Hop Alphabop 2
Let's Get Fit- Movin' 2 Math
Chicken Count- Movin' 2 Math
Exercise and Count by 5's- Movin' 2 Math
Stretchy the Word Snake- Alphabet Zoo
The Animal Hokey Pokey- Alphabet Zoo
Apples and Bananas- Language Play & Listening Fun
ABC Samba- Language Play & Listening Fun
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom- Language Play & Listening Fun
Hands Up for Letter Sounds- Language Play & Listening Fun
ABC Disco- Shake, Rattle, n' Read
All Together- Shake, Rattle, n' Read
Five Little Fish- I've Got Music in Me vol. 1
Hip Hop Hokey Pokey- I've Got Music in Me vol. 1
Milton the Dancing Christmas Mouse- Rhythms and Rhymes
100 Days of School Today- Rhythms and Rhymes
All the songs- Rhyming to the Beat vol. 1

I just ordered Get on Board the Transition Train. I cannot wait to do The Penguin Dance with my kids!

After seeing Shari Sloane and Kim Adsit over the last few years, I have become addicted to creating big books to go along with many of Jack's songs. I wish, wish, wish that I could trust my Kinder-Hoppers to completely take care of these books and make them into individual listening centers, but I spent too much time making these books and my fear of them being destroyed is far too great! Someday I will make another copy so students can get them into their hot little hands. But, for now let me share some of my big books with you :)

Birthdays has to be an all-time favorite in my room! I used the Frog Birthday Bulletin board set (mainly because I have a frog theme in my room) to do the individual months. I used the packaging to create the cover. 

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Count by Fives is a wonderful way to help students practice counting by 5's. I used the Carson Dellosa Handprint Cut Outs to make the book.
Count by Fives Big Book

Count by 10's book. I used a combination of online clipart and some from old Carson Dellosa clipart CD's. (If you can find those CD's, they are worth the investment...the ones I have and use the most are "Letters and Numbers", "Terrific Learning Themes", and "Seasons, Holidays, and Celebrations".)

Count by 10s Big Book

After Winter Break, I jazz up my morning message with hello's from all around the world. I used a combination of the Stick Kid Airplanes from Creative Teaching Press and DJ inkers clipart. I found these cards at Lakeshore Learning that have a picture and the word.,689,949,371,917,740&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1294359852158

Here is a picture of ABC Disco. I used Trend Alpha-Beads letters and Creative Teaching Press Poppin' Stars Mini Cut-Outs.

Hands Up for Letter Sounds. I used a combination of clipart from Carson Dellosa CD's, DJ inkers, and a few from online. For the letters, I used stickers that I bought years ago at JoAnn fabric.


Stretchy the Word Snake


  1. Oh my stars!!! I too loooove Jack! I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! Thank you for for all of your resources!!

  2. Hey Shannon. This is Jack Hartmann. I love hearing that you and your boys love my music. It's what keeps me going everyday. I love your blog. This is really professional looking. I have a new blog myself, I hope to see you there. Also, did you know about my videos on YouTube?

  3. Living in Tampa, Florida (way close to Jack's hometown of St. Pete) means we get to see Jack perform live at least once a year if not more... he is AWESOME! My own son who is five thinks Jack rocks too!

  4. Hi Shannon. I have some project ideas I would like to talk to you about if your interested. Email me at if you're interested. Also, I just released a new Count to 100 video you might like.