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Can Cockatoos Count By Twos? - Songs For Learning Through Music and Movement

by Hap Palmer

Rhythm, melody and active involvement mean learning with a smile. This recording for students in grades K through 3 uses an enjoyable combination of music and movement.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Can Cockatoos Count By Twos?
2:50 $0.99
2. Rhyme Time Band
2:03 $0.99
3. Colors in Motion
2:19 $0.99
4. Magic Scarf
4:46 $0.99
5. Jolly Clock
2:57 $0.99
6. Months On the Move
2:44 $0.99
7. We Are All Alike
2:49 $0.99
8. Colors in Motion (mixing Colors)
2:58 $0.99
9. What's Bigger Than a Bear?
2:01 $0.99
10. Seasons
3:29 $0.99
11. Jumping to Add and Subtract
3:23 $0.99
12. Numbers Can Tell About You
2:39 $0.99
13. Jolly Clock (advanced)
2:57 $0.99
14. Betty Beep
4:16 $0.99
15. Toss It High Let It Fly
2:02 $0.99
16. Rhyme Time Band Ii
2:00 $0.99
17. Thirty Second Challenge
2:05 $0.99
18. It's Time to Go
1:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Can Cockatoos Count By Two's?
Songs For Learning Through Music and Movement

by Hap Palmer

Children share the joy of music and movement while developing important cognitive and motor skills. These songs invite active involvement in developing vocabulary and mastering a wealth of skills and concepts including number order, addition, subtraction, primary and secondary colors, telling time on an analog clock, months, seasons, comparison of opposites, and appreciation of diversity. The CD includes a booklet with complete lyrics and activities.

Can Cockatoos Count by Twos was originally released in 1996. This is the expanded version released in 2001. Here are some highlights with songs titles listed in CAPS:

COLORS IN MOTION is an expansion of Hap’s classic song “Colors.” It uses the original melody and provides extended response time. It fosters recognition of 6 colors (3 primary: red, yellow, blue, and 3 secondary: green, orange and purple). This version is ideal for using colored scarves.

Scarves can also be used with the song MAGIC SCARF. This song encourages children to imagine their scarf is a variety of colorful images such as a cloud, a pom-pom, a ghost, an ocean wave, or a super cape that gives the wearer the gift of flight.

In RHYME TIME BAND, children show recognition of words that rhyme by responding in movement. Examples include:
Shake a part of your body that rhymes with sand,
Rhymes with grand, rhymes with land.
Bend a part that rhymes with tree,
Rhymes with bee, rhymes with flea.

Listeners count the sounds that keep BETTY BEEP awake at night including 7 barks, 5 meows, 3 cries and 6 snores! Continuing the theme of numbers, children can also move forward and backward on a number line using JUMPING TO ADD AND SUBTRACT.

In the song JOLLY CLOCK, young learners match their arms and hands with the shape of the hands on a traditional analog clock.

Runners join the THIRTY SECOND CHALLENGE, a vigorous relay where they take turns picking up numbers in order. This is a great activity for inclement weather when a restless class is inside.

The title song, CAN COCKATOOS COUNT BY TWOS? weaves rhyming, and basic counting patterns together with zany images illustrating reality and fantasy. For example, the first verse:
Can a tree chase a flea?
Can a pig dance a jig?
Can a car travel far?
Can cockatoos count by twos?
Two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve,
fourteen, sixteen, eighteen, twenty!
The album features talented studio musicians playing real instruments. Upbeat rhythms from rock to traditional jazz encourage the listener to get up and move. Symphonic strings convey the changing sights and sounds of the SEASONS and the universal emotions that show, WE ARE ALL ALIKE.

This recording for students in grades K through 3 uses an enjoyable combination of music and movement to:

- Enhance listening and comprehension skills
- Teach basic academic concepts
- Increase vocabulary and stimulate language proficiency
- Develop fitness and basic motor skills
- Foster the recognition of rhythm and melody
- Encourage problem solving and creativity

The activities facilitate comprehension by involving the whole child;
thinking, moving, and relating to others. Subjects include:

- Numbers and number order
- Addition and subtraction
- Phonics
- Rhyming and spelling patterns
- Primary and secondary colors
- Time on the clock
- Months and seasons
- Comparison of opposites
- Identification of body parts
- Space and direction
- Appreciation of diversity
- Differentiation of fantasy and reality
- Creative expression
- Past, present and future

** This CD contains 3 fun activities with scarves including an update of Hap's classic song "Colors" and the popular workshop/concert song "Magic Scarf."

• National Parenting Publications Award
• Parents' Choice Gold Award
• DiscoverySchool.com Four Star Rating
• Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award
• National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
• Parents' Guide To Children's Media Award


Parent's Choice
Music educator Hap Palmer scores an A-plus for another super collection of songs filled with imaginative lessons in rhythm, rhyme, and telling time ("Jolly Clock"), multiplying by two's (the title song), mixing colors ("Colors In Motion"), and opposites ("What's Bigger Than A Bear?"). In "Betty Beep," a little girl tries to get to sleep by counting sheep at bedtime but finds herself wakefully counting a puppy's barks, a cat's meows, a baby's cries, and more night-time sounds; listeners can add up the sounds as they listen. "Months on the Move" identifies the months of the year with playful alliteration: "January jiggles like a juggler in the cold"…."December does a dainty dance…"Lyrics are included and so are a wealth of activity instructions for teachers and parents. -- Lynne Heffley

Parent's Guide
Can Cockatoos Count By Twos? is an excellent combination of songs that inspire singing, playing, moving, and creativity! Children experience problem solving, develop language proficiency, and refine motor skills as they respond to this music.

Hap Palmer is a true innovator in the use of music, language, and movement for young children. This recording will be a favorite for children, parents, and early childhood teachers.

Hap Palmer goes about educating children through almost entirely organic means -- he writes catchy tunes that involve a variety of games, stories, and activities that involve kids and parents both during the music and beyond it. Can Cockatoos Count By Twos? cites a handful of high objectives in its liner notes: For kids to "enhance listening and comprehension skills"; to "teach basic academic concepts"; to "increase vocabulary and stimulate language proficiency"; to "develop fitness and basic motor skills"; to "foster the recognition of rhythm and melody"; and to "encourage problem solving and creativity." A tall set of ideals, indeed, but Palmer lives up to each goal, aiming these creative songs at the twin targets of entertainment and edification. Each song's lyrics has explanations of the objectives, ideal settings for playing along, and a description of the ideal activity. Palmer has a supple enough voice that he melds in with the mostly acoustic instruments on Cockatoos, but he avoids becoming sonic wallpaper and provides kids with understandable, fun narratives. -- Andrew Bartlett

Hap Palmer

Hap Palmer pioneered the integration of music and movement in the area of early childhood education. His songs enhance the development of motor skills, language acquisition, reading readiness, and math concepts as well as nurture the imaginative process and encourage creative problem solving.

His widespread popularity in schools and day-care centers for over twenty years, makes him a living legend within the teaching community for young children. Teachers have used his music for more than two generations to teach letters, numbers, phonics, days of the week, colors, shapes and more. A third generation of children are now learning with his songs and movement innovations.

An accomplished musician, singer/songwriter and educator, his multiple skilled talent on guitar, bass, percussion, saxophone, and clarinet are heard on his various recordings. His "Baby Songs" live-action music video series for young children has sold over 2 million units. Hap continues to write, record and produce award winning videos and recordings which have received numerous honors including Parents' Choice Gold Awards, the American Library Association Notable Designation, the National Association of Parent Publications Gold Award, The Early Childhood News Directors Choice Award and the American Video Award.

As a teacher of teachers, Hap teaches classes and workshops for organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the University of California at Los Angeles Education Extension, the Los Angeles City Schools, the Georgia Pre School Association, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Association, the New England Kindergarten Conference, the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and many other school districts and educational organizations throughout the nation.

Using his background in music, education, and dance, he helps teachers find innovative, imaginative and fun ways to teach their students with enjoyable music and lyrics that children love to listen to over and over again.

With a Masters Degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a love of music, Hap Palmer gives the world of early childhood education and young children a lasting gift of learning that spans the generations.



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must have for teaching Kindergarten. Kids love it.


Can Cockatoo's Count by Two's
My 1st and 2nd grade class in an after-school program loved this CD. We had a lot of fun and they didn't even know they were "learning." Thanks to you Hap Palmer!!! Keep up the good work. Much appreciated.

Pee Wee Preschool/Mary Ann Cleary

30 second challange best cleanup; song works like magic!
I teach Pre-K and my class comes alive with this CD. Magic scarf, Rhyme Time Band and 30 second challange are worth their weight in gold. A must have for Pre-k.

Marsha Raasch

Can Cockatoo\'s Count by Two\'s
I homeschool, and my 6 year old and 3 year old daughters LOVE this album. We go around singing a lot of the songs, and we open almost every morning with one of the songs and activities. Of course, we\'ve been Hap Palmer fans for a long time, since my oldest was a baby!


Timeless CD
Great learning songs 4 the classroom. Timeless Tunes.

Becky Phillips

Great for integrating movement into curriculum in the elementary classroom
I can't wait to use this in my first grade classroom. I have found that children learn and retain best by songs and movement, using the body. It will also be a great addition to the Brain Gym Program I will be using.

Cheryl Paul

Can Cockatoos Count by Twos
Very enjoyable music. I loved it.

Shirl Rogers

A Great CD
Our preschoolers love Thirty Second Challenge and Rhyme Time Band. I saw Hap Palmer perform Magic Scarf and can't wait to use it with our preschoolers.