REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – “La Bella Stella” by Recess Music

Not only am I a homeschooling mom but my family also harbors a deep passion for astronomy and we take every opportunity to expose our girls to the wonders and beauty of our universe.  So when I saw the cover and track titles of this music CD my heart soared and I knew I wanted to give it a try.

La Bella Stella is the fifth release in the critically-acclaimed Celebrate Earth series from Recess Music.  Other titles include:

La Bella Stella takes kids (and parents!) on an entertaining AND educating journey to the edge of our solar system and beyond.  The songs are not only catchy and fun but informative and it brings some big concepts (like gravity) and makes them understandable for children.

La Bella Stella proves a wonderful springboard for further scientific discussion and could easily be made the centerpiece of a mini-unit on astronomy for young children.

Here are some supplemental resources you can add to your La Bella Stella experience:

  • Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Project – easily explain the concept of the phases of the moon with this educational and yummy cookie project.
  • Star Walks – enjoy the night sky and contemplate the cosmos as a family with routine star walks.  Done regularly, you can chart the movement of the earth across the sky.
  • Build Your Own Cosmic Tower Activity –  A hands-on presentation depicting the concept of a space being contained in a bigger space.  We started with an atom and worked our way up to the universe.
  • Universe Timeline – a fun-to-make visual representation of the age of our universe.
  • Edible Constellations – yes, you read that correctly!  These treats are tasty as well as educational!  
  • Singing Science Songs – a collection of records produced in the 1950s and early 60s that contained songs intended to explain science concepts to young children.  This website has MP3s available for FREE!  I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend them!  One of these albums, Space Songs, included the song “Why Does the Sun Shine?” which was later covered by They Might Be Giants.  But honestly, my favorite is still the original— vintage crackly-record sound and all.

Now that you’ve got some fun ideas to incorporate, feel free to enter my giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy of La Bella Stella!  (Please refresh your page if the widget isn’t showing.)

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18 Responses to REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – “La Bella Stella” by Recess Music

  1. Dorothy Teel says:

    I like that La Stella Bella is another way to expose our children and grandchildren to the wonders of the universe the moon stars and other wonders in our magnificent sky thank you for sharing this review with us.

  2. Kristine says:

    I like the positive values in the music

  3. I really like the gratitude attitude cd they have coming out soon! I am currently having trouble with this, with my oldest! I also love their mission statement

  4. Becky says:

    What fun for the kids. I love that their songs further support what they may already be learning or filling their minds and ears with new ideas about the world around them.

  5. Caitilin Kane says:

    This is such a nice idea. Ds5 is very interested in stars, so a star music cd would be right up his alley!

  6. Jody says:

    You find the best CDs and I love the links to all your fun activities! I’m pinning this!

  7. Fiona says:

    This looks so cool! My kids would love this.

  8. Jen says:

    I love teaching values through music! Thank you!

  9. Mary Bristol says:

    This looks so cool!

  10. Brooke says:

    i have found that my kids learn sooo well through music. they pick things up quicker and it sticks with them when its via song.

  11. Jennifer Vasquez says:

    Very interested in both the Gratitude Attitude CD and the La Bella Stella CD. The two would be so beneficial for us. Definitely adding it to the wishlist.

  12. I love the idea of learning about astronomy through music! I have visions of my family sitting out on our deck on traditional ‘school nights’ staying up late and watching stars without a care in the world about catching a bus the next morning. This is perfect.

  13. I love the earth friendlyness and the positiveness =)

  14. Kathy says:

    Music…this automatically excites me as a music educator gone homeschool mom because it’s educational and musical. Yeah! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. Colleen P says:

    I’m sure Nancy Doan really knows about what kind of music makes kids happy since she has four daughters. I think my kids would enjoy her music too.

  16. Nicole says:

    How neat! We are doing Apologia Astronomy now, too-I love it when I can tie in so many things.

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