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For Independence Day! America, The Beautiful

In honor of the upcoming July 4th holiday, I’ve opted for a patriotic sing-along this week.

This song has four verses, but today we’re just singing the first verse, twice.

It’s the most well known one, and paints a beautiful picture of our scenic country.

There’s definitely A LOT going on in the USA these days, and you may or may not be feeling patriotic. But after taking a trip out West a couple of weeks ago, I feel so proud of the beauty of the USA. Our scenery is as diverse as our people and I find both so incredibly gorgeous.  So that’s why I felt “America, The Beautiful” was the perfect song for this week.

I”ve got the lyrics in the video and I”ll post them here as well.

Enjoy the video and I wish you a wonderful week and, if you’re in the United States – happy 4th of July!

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brother/sisterhood
From sea to shining sea!


Down By The Bay – Raffi Sing-Along

Happy Summer!!!

Wow – it has been an eventful Spring for sure – my new album released, and had great celebrations all over the East Coast in PA, NJ, MD, VA, NY and i just got back from a FANTASTIC time in IOWA!!!

Time to take a little break – we could all use one! So here’s a video from way back in the summer of 2013 when I was just newly a mommy and it’s a perfect summer song: Down By The Bay by Raffi.

I used some photos for the web in this video, but if you have Raffi’s book – go grab it and read/sing-along!

Enjoy the video and the first official week of summer!!!!




Five Little Monkeys Swinging On A Tree

Those five little monkeys are back! They’re not jumping on the bed though. Oh no – they’re swinging on a tree, antagonizing an alligator. Some might say that they get what’s coming to them. :) But I found a version that at least leaves one remaining monkey to tell the tale.

This little video took a few more “takes” then I imagined. Stay tuned till the end to see my blooper!

As you can see, I decided to use puppets in this one – not something I do often! So although I don’t teach any motions to move along with me – there’s plenty of learning to be had! The rhythm, rhyme and repetition of the chant are all great for speech and language development. And then there’s, of course, the element of numbers, counting and a bit of subtraction!

So much packed into one, fun little chant. I’m hoping your child enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Have a wonderful week and I’ll “see” you soon!

xoxo Miss Nina

The 10K Is Coming!

Hi friends!

This coming Saturday, June 11th I’ll be running the 10K in Central Park with my Maplewood Moms-In-Training team! Woohoo! It’s to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society while also meeting other moms and getting in shape!

I’ve never run a 10K race before – and last week I ran 6 a full 6 miles for the first time ever (10K = 6.2 miles). So I’m feeling pretty good while also completely nervous! Anyhow –

After a super fun album release celebration in Maplewood, NJ this past Saturday and my eyes are on this coming weekend. Getting enough sleep, training, drinking enough water and being prepared.

So, this week I do not have a new video for you, but I’ve got a playlist of my 10 most popular videos on YouTube :

Click the photo and you’ll be treated to:

  1. Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee
  2. Brown Bear Rap
  3. Wheels On The Bus
  4. Happy Llama Sad Llama
  5. Snuggle Pupply
  6. Baby Shark
  7. On Top Of Spaghetti
  8. Popcorn Popping on The Apricot Tree
  9. Skinnamarink
  10. Five Little Monkey’s Jumping On The Bed

All ten videos will play one right after the other for @ 30 minutes.

Your kid will love them, and you can perhaps write and email of do some dishes – or just put your feet up!


Oh – and if you’d like to visit my fundraising page for Leukemia Lymphoma Society and this 10K race, you can click here.

See you next Tuesday! xoxo Nina

Open Up Your Heart (and let the Sunshine in!)

Just a teensy little delay in getting this video up. Thanks for your patience!

This is a sweet song that I first heard when I was three years old and in my first year of dance classes. We learned the words, did some balletic movements to them, and then did a short routine. I loved it! I mean, the lyrics themselves are a little simplistic.  But nevertheless, singing about letting “the sunshine in” is always uplifting.

In this video I teach and demonstrate some easy movements, and have the lyrics running below the screen. I’ll past them below as well.

And if you recognize this song from a Flintstones episode – then you and I are very close in age – LOL! :)

Enjoy! Looking forward to seeing my NJ friends this Saturday, June 4th at the Springfield Gazebo in Maplewood at 11 am! Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks full band show!

Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you soon! xoxo