I don't hear from people often, but
when I do,
I like to share their comments with you.
~ References are furnished upon request ~
"First off I would like to say thank you for all the
information you shared with us at the training. You made it fun and
interesting. We wanted more of your part of the training. I felt was too
Veronica Armiento-Ruz, Family Advocate
Cottonwood Head Start 11-2012
"Angela's presentation was excellent. She made it relevant and
hands-on. She linked everything she said with brain development. The
audience seemed engaged and interested. Also, her books and CDs are great.
Angela Russ-Ayon is worth promoting and inviting back."
Conference Sub-committee Chair 10-2012
'Birth and Beyond' CD has been great working with mothers coming out of drug
addiction who are learning how to parent their infants. The lyrics give
them concrete ways to physically and emotionally interact with their
children in an appropriate way. The mothers feel awkward at first and are
hesitant, but the short length of songs, and varied themes, make it fun and
the fun becomes contagious!
'Smart Moves 1' CD has been great for a 2-4 year old social skills group that
starts out with the parents in the room, then the parents are excused to
their own support group and the children have more focused interaction with
each other. The CD helps the parents interact with their kids in a fun
way. Favorites: 'Build a Bridge' and 'Pass the Ball.' -
Thanks so much!!"
Kathryn Holden Klingler, MFTI,
Enki Youth and Family Services 4-2011
"Angela just gave a keynote presentation
for the annual Redwood Empire Association for the Education of Young
Children winter workshop in Ukiah and I was totally fired up by her
teaching. I am a teacher of many many years and wanted something different
to bring back to Mendocino coast. She delivered! I am excited about
presenting fun ways of learning to my Rainbow children and I just wanted to
thank her for this!!! She has my e-mail and I am hoping she will keep me up
to date with her latest creative news."
Robin Marie Matlin
Mendicino County Network 1-2011
looking for some new music for your youngster that will entertain them, get
them moving and also teach them something at the same time? If you answered
yes, then you should check out a CD called "Smart & Yummy 2: Good Food Moves
Tots thru Preschool" from AbridgeClub. I popped this CD in at home for my
daughter and she really had a good time jumping and dancing around to the
music. She may not have followed the steps perfectly, but she was up and
moving and enjoying the music."
and I use your CD’s all the time as part of our training. We are wanting to order
several of them in a 'Smart Moves 1 & 2' and 'Smart
& Yummy 1 & 2.' The project she works on is
providing training to early care and education providers and then following
up with technical assistance on site. We are looking at giving participants
in our technical assistance department the CDs. They have been popular tools when Diane
works with groups of children. Thank you so much!"
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Univ. System
Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood 6-2010
I used the CD that I won at the CAEYC conference in Denver. The kids
absolutely loved the music & movement that we did for circle time... I
find the kids humming & moving to the music while interacting with each
other. I was using music until my director said that there was a new study
out the expressing that music should not be used for background only when
doing songs that the teacher interacts with the children. I haven't used
music for the past month. The kids & I do not seem to be as chipper without
our music. Any new studies that I can pass along to my director?? Thanks
again for a wonderful time of learning with music. I had a blast!! Keep up
the awesome job.
Cherie Hammer 4-2010
"The presentation you gave on Tuesday April 13, 2010 on Music
& Movement was excellent. Our professionals learned a great deal and enjoyed
your hands on approach. The material you distributed will be most helpful.
We look forward to sharing it with several of our collaborators whom were
unable to attend.
There is a definite need among families to become more
involved with their children. Your presentation provided an excellent
resource for our providers to teach the parents a hands-on “fun” method on
working with their children.
Thank you again for your pleasant presentation."
Cynthia Enriquez, Cord.
Long Beach Family Resource Center
Miller Children’s Hospital 4-2010
"Nice to hear
from you...we have distributed the CDs to our staff and they have
shared with the families that they work with. I also shared a few
with the Miller Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center. I have
only heard positive remarks. We will be using one in an info
seminar/training for parents of children with special needs later
this month in Torrance. Once again, thank you for sharing!"
Infant Family Services Program
Long Beach CA 90803 5-2009
like to thank you for preparing and presenting your workshop. Your
expertise and knowledge provided quality instruction for the
teachers in your audience. Their response indicated that your
presentation produced valuable information and ideas that could be
used immediately, and that by involving them, they felt more
confident in engaging their own students."
Joan A. Perez
ECE Program Specialist
Orange County Department of Ed.
EISS - Early Intervention for School Success
promised I would send you comments from your presentation at
Santiago Canyon College on January 4th for our staff. I
just re-read them, as I had reviewed them quickly that evening, but
where did January go? We asked staff to rate the day activities
from 1 – 5 – best being best…your section received all 5s! You were
coming and getting us moving!"
Executive Director, Child Development Services
Rancho Santiago Community College District, Santa Ana, CA
have recently completed our 'Reading & Feeding, Moving & Grooving' WIC
Enhancement Grant and we are writing to thank you for all of your hard
work making the 'Have Fun and Be Active' DVD. Our clients love the
video and we are most appreciative of the opportunity to make it
available to them. Thank you from your MO WIC staff."
Carolyn, Diana, Connie, and Rose
Randolf County Health Dept.
WIC - Moberly, MO
the 'Farmer's Market' song in our class. Because the class can have 25
in the one room, we couldn't move as much as we would like. We used
this in our Farmer's Market/Eat Your Colors Class.
year, we are using your 'Farmer's Garden' song - and it works
wonderfully. People could even do from their chair. Much "safer" in a
classroom setting and I imagine would work well for those whose agencies
frown upon "physical activity" because of safety/law suit issues. (Not
an issue here.) We wish it was in Spanish. Our Spanish classes could
use it or they use some from Jose Luis Orozco's: De Colores (Moving with
the song about Ants (Las hormiguitos, La vibora de la mar or De colores).
We made a poster of the 'Farmer's Garden' song and enlarged it so
everyone could follow the words and we have either the plastic
fruits/veggies or fresh ones to use along with the song. Whoever,
presented at WIC, she was real familiar with 'limitations' - and really
encouraged this song because it could be done with limited space and
even from a chair. My other favorites on 2 'Smart & Tasty' CDs are:
'Go, Whoa,' and 'Pour, Whip, Chop, Toss' (which perhaps we will add to
our 'Kids in the Kitchen' class in the future) and our 'Choose Well'
attached the file of the Chart with the words to Farmer's Garden song we
made for classes to follow along."
Michelle Fox 7-2007
WIC - Monterey County, CA
"Our pre k classes are going to sing 'My Face' for graduation this
year. Every time that song comes on we all feel better, the beat is awesome.
Also we have been singing, 'We Eat Tortillas' and the kids love it. Today we
made quesadillas and it was so much fun. I lip sync, in a very dramatic way,
all the other parts of your song until you sing, 'In Mexico We Eat
Tortillas.' The kids love that song so much. Thank you!"
Mary Ann Cleary 3-2007
Pee Wee Preschool in Paradise, CA
first met you a couple of years ago at the CTA Conference in Los Angeles. I
bought two of your CDs. I just wanted to let you know that my students, and
those of my first grade 'buddy' class really enjoy and benefit from your
song 'Build a Bridge, Build a Tunnel, Build a Road'. The small muscle
strength, coordination, spatial awareness, and direction-following skills
that your song addresses continue to engage and entertain the kids. Each
time our buddy class has visited from year to year they clamor for 'the
Tunnel song!' again."
Thanks again for reigniting my passion for teaching my kids!
Rachel E. Schooler 2-2007
Educator, Burbank USD
"I work for Storytimes
To Go, a pre-literacy program of the Public Library of Charlotte and
Mecklenburg County (North Carolina). Our program creates themed Storytime
kits that we lend to early childhood teachers and childcare providers. We
also conduct teacher training workshops that promote early literacy
activities. I recently came across Animal Romp and Stomp and selected it for
a kit that focuses on the children's author Karma Wilson. Her books feature
various animals, so the CD was the perfect companion. We also shared the CD
during a recent puppet workshop and performed several songs from the CD
using the puppets. The teachers loved the music! I have also recommended the
CD to other library workers who regularly conduct children's programming. I
just wanted to pass this information along so you are aware how
well-received this CD is. Everyone who experiences Animal Romp and Stomp
raves about it and asks us where they can purchase a copy. Thank you for
putting out such a great product. It is enjoyable for children and adults.
(We cannot get Penguin Waddle out of our heads!). Best wishes."
Senior Library Assistant, Storytimes To Go! 11-2006
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, P: 704.973.2714
like to recommend one that is immensely popular with the 2,000+ teachers
that Storytimes to Go! serves. Actually, we recommend all the CDs produced
by Abridge Club
http://www.abridgeclub.com. These CDs are fun, professional,
educational, very high quality and just what teachers want—particularly
preschool and kindergarten teachers. Animal Romp & Stomp is our favorite
although they are all excellent.
Susan Pflug, Program
Storytimes to Go! 3-2007
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, P: 704.973.2714
wanted to drop you a note to say thank you again for the fun, motivating classes
at the Early Child Care Conference in South Bend.
also wanted to tell you that my home daycare had tons of fun with Abracadabra
and fun food on Halloween yesterday -- I do so appreciate the explicit wand
instructions to turn and flick ...with
the popularity of Harry Potter, there's been a lot of pointing anything
resembling a wand in the direction of friends' faces. Your song has enhanced
our wand skills and given us another silly, fun and smart way to play with
Thanks again for sharing your talents ...."
South Bend, IN 10-2006
"I attended an I Am Moving I Am Learning workshop in the Spring and received the
Smart and Tasty 1 CD as a door prize and on the jacket it had your website and
that there was a #2. I went on your site to see what was available and saw that
you have a nice variety. We used the Smart and Tasty 1 with staff during
pre-service and they loved it! We are targeting nutrition and movement in our
preschool classrooms and these CD’s will be a good addition to our library.
Head Start, 10-2006
"I had the pleasure of attending your work shop for Head Start in Merced
yesterday, everyone is still talking about how wonderful you were. I
looked on line at Kaplan in the music area but I can not find them. I
want to order several for my children. Your right I can do some without
the music....but I'm not as exciting as the music that goes along with the
song. You are Phenomenal! Thanks again for the inspiration. I even
started a new diet program with my girls and some friends. We met last
evening and I said, 'Do I have some new moves for ya'll.' Thanks again."
Campus Head Start,
Los Banos, CA, 2006
name is Lorraine Carmona and I am the director for the military childcare home
program @ Port Hueneme. About a year & half ago (2004) you came to the base and
did a wonderful workshop for our childcare providers, so....I was wondering if
you would be willing to come again and present for us. you were awesome and
everyone really enjoyed it!"
Navy Child Development Home Program, Pt. Mugu (5-2006)
"I have been sharing all
your CDs with my student teacher for the past 7 weeks and we have been having
such fun with them! I use yours more than any other CDs. Your songs are not
as wordy as others like Charlotte Diamond or even Greg and Steve. For
kindergarten (and for 2nd language learners) that is what I need. Keep up the
Mil gracias- Faith Croswell
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
"I just want to say that your workshop was
more than excellent. It was funny, engaging and interactive. I feel lucky that I
attend your training. I want to say that I play music with my children at school
and in short I love teaching and music."
Foundation for E.C.E., 2006 CAEYC Attendee
"I wanted you to know that I did enjoy your
workshop. I have been blessed to be able to work in the wonderful profession of
young children for over 42 years and I needed a workshop such as yours to renew
and rejuvenate. I look forward to purchasing some of your CDs to use in my
classes (I'm now teaching others - community college) how to enjoy and be filled
with working with young children. In fact, I'm teaching a class for family
childcare providers next Saturday and plan to use a song or two and the hat (I
usually do the newspaper ones)
May you continue to be blessed as you work with others, training them to love
2006 CAEYC Attendee
"We purchased a large quantity of Spanish and English "Have
Fun Be Active" videos for use in our WIC waiting areas and in a company
sponsored "Healthy Child Kit". The Healthy Child kits were designed to provide
practical nutrition advice to families within Kern County. The video was
included to promote fun exercises for families with children. We have received
lots of positive comments from those who received the kits, especially about the
WIC Administration, Bakersfield, 2006
"Riverside County purchased these "Have Fun
and Be Active" videos to show them to the WIC participants at the WIC sites.
The WIC sites have been showing them in the waiting room/lobby area. The staff
has commented that the participants enjoy the video and it helps calm the
restless children while they are waiting. I even heard one of the
Nutritionist comment that her staff also enjoyed the video.
Those sites which used it as a waiting room
video had more positive feedback. Here are some of those."
-- "It is an upbeat, creative video, the
children enjoyed it."
-- "Participants really enjoy the ideas the video gives in regards to
activities they can do as a family."
Nancy Allende R.D.
Riverside County Department of Public Health, 2006
"I came to your seminar
titled 'Just Don't Bore Them!'. I truly learned from you! Since the
conference I have applied your songs to my classroom, and what a great tool
it has been! The kids so far absolutely love 'Balance it on My Head'- we
use bean bags and see who can do the song without cheating (holding on to
the bean bags). 'Take that Rope' is their wind-down song! Moving and
counting to 100 has completely changed calendar time for us. They beg for
your CDs now! After almost two weeks, they have mastered 'Build a Bridge.'
They chose 'Go Around the Village' as our clean up song. They try to finish
cleaning up before the song ends! Little did I know that classroom
management would improve simply by incorporating these two CDs that I
purchased from you. Thank you for sharing these wonderful CDs with me! I
look forward to the Family Day at Cerritos Performing Arts Center in June!
I'll be letting all my students and their families know about it as well!"
Kindergarten, Rolling Hills Elementary- Fullerton, 2006
"I was the teacher looking at the overhead
projector clocks with you at the CTA South 'Good Teaching' conference.
I thought about what you said at your
session on Sunday. You said, "Get the students to talk about vegetables and
fruits when they go to the grocery store with their parents." I would
like to share with you what I did when I went back to my students on
Monday. I got my students to say Kiwi and Strawberry. We played "Duck Duck
Goose" with Kiwi, Kiwi, Strawberry. It helps with their need to listen to
me, so they had to say two fruits together like....Kiwi, Kiwi or Strawberry,
Strawberry. The students got it and played a game of KIWI, a word for a
fruit they never said in their life. 'A what teacher?' they asked. 'What is
Aaah, the sweet smell of success!"
Gail Murakami, 2006 CTA Good Teaching
"Smart Moves 1, another "Parent's
Choice Winner!" Angela's songs emphasize the use of fine and gross
motor skills and can be played with props such as cones, balls and ropes.
The songs cover many preschool concepts such as body, movement, colors, and
shapes. Spanish versions of many tracks are included. An
additional CD, Smart Moves 2: Preschool thru 1st is equally as
Holly Jin, Early Childhood Express, March 2005, Skokie
Preschool Services Coordinator 847-324-3117
"Hey lady! This week at Double 'D' we are
using the "Farmer's Market" song as our warm-up. The teachers are so into
it. They love the beat. The kids are having fun, too. Everyone
loved the music. The teachers at Double 'D' are playing the "Smart & Tasty
1" CD as background music for each class.
We are using "We Love The Company"
as an ending for the two weeks of classes prior to Thanksgiving. And this
past month we did "I Spy Shapes" and "I Spy Colors" with the gymnasts! We
created laminated shapes and colors for the kids to find on the floor and
hold up. Then onto the next search. It worked so well due to your great
Thanks so much for giving us such
great material to work with,"
Your #1 fan,
Jumpin' Jeannie, Gymtastics - October 2005
"I want one of each
of your CDs (including "Bugsters"). I will check the website and send
in an order today. Feedback....your presentation was full of passion,
heart and soul, and commitment towards children well-being inside and out.
When I attend conferences, I expect to be entertained and informed at the
same time. I expect presenters to fully embrace their topic and encourage
the audience to be committed to what they do, or do something else. You met
all my expectations and then some. It took courage to walk down the hall
with my new hat on. Thanks for living your dream and making children lives
brighter with your smile and funky dance moves. You'll be hearing from me
PACE Attendee, Santa Clara, CA - October 2004
"Thank you so very
much for the wonderful music workshop you presented for our military
caregivers. You did an awesome job and everyone greatly enjoyed it!
I appreciate that you drove a long way and volunteered your time."
Lorraine Carmona, Director
Navy Child Development Home Program, Pt. Mugu & Port Hueneme, CA - Sept.
"Angela, I love you at the conference yesterday but
did not get a form to fill out at the end of the session. I sat up
front on the side and came up and did the rope song with you. I love your
energy and enthusiasm. I bought animal romp and stomp and smart songs #1.
They tried to tell me I couldn't come in because the room was full. I am so
glad that they finally let me. I would not of missed it for the world. Keep
up the good work and let me know when the new CD comes out."
Rainbow Conference, CSUSB, Ontario, CA - Jan. 10, 2004
"Since you sent an e-mail, I thought I'd just thank
you for your wonderful workshop. I do the fish song, the colors song
and others with my children and they love them. Your enthusiasm is
Bonnie's House Family Childcare, CAEYC 2004
"This is the BEST workshop I've been to in child
care for 25 years, and I am good, BUT you are much better. Job well
Rainbow Conference, CSUSB, Ontario, CA - Jan. 10, 2004
music is great, rewarding and energetic…children get involved
and do creative movement. You’re great in sharing your
tool with me. With your help, I have provided a music workshop
for all the Head Start site programs here in San Francisco.
Thank you again for your great rewarding tool. We
appreciate it and continue to strive with music in the
San Francisco Head Start Program
"These smart songs and
those on your 2nd CD, help me to achieve the 'Desired Results'
for child development in the Anaheim City School District. With
the introduction of concepts such as spatial awareness, good
manners, counting, and others presented through this music, my
student comprehension has increased tenfold."
Head Start Preschool, Edison Elementary, Anaheim, CA
"This 'Movin' & Shakin' series is
perfect for age levels and learners of all kinds, and they can
be modified for the physically disabled. I plan to
perform these with the kids during our Gold Bug Ball."
Discovery Museum, Sacramento, CA
"I like the fact that I know first
hand who comes up with these song ideas. I'm glad I saw
how animated and excited you are about teaching through
Tutor Time Preschools, CA
"Very creative ideas that were not
costly, which is very important because we don't want our
children to think that it takes money and new things to have
Crystal Stairs Conference, LA 2003
"Very informative and interesting
seminar. She encouraged me to open up my mind to
creativity and use my imagination."
Crystal Stairs Conference, LA 2003
"Thank you so much for your donation.
The kids just love these songs, and the movement help us
enhance the healing process."
Child Life Dept.
Miller's Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA, 2003
"Your music CD's have been a welcome
addition to our fundraising efforts. The kids love them so
much that the parents won't hesitate to buy them. Thank you
for performing, and for working so closely with us."
Angeles National Forest, CA, 2003