... a most beautifully conceived and executed set of children's records; the best that I have heard. Some of the more difficult concepts of nature are taught in a way the child understands and will never forget . (Nature Songs)
The singing science records introduce a wonderfully exciting motivational technique in science teaching that stimulates interest, promotoes conceptual growth and heightens awareness of a vast system of scientific phenonomena ...
... they learn the tunes and the words. They explore the meanings of the words and the ideas the words represent. They sing the songs, dance and try to express their ideas and feeling thru pantomime and dramatization...
There is a kind of emotional commitment that leads the child to search further and deeper.
... delightful and instructive. As a science teacher, I see in these records a most potent force for improving the science literacy of our nation.
Space Songs replaced almost every other school record we have. They always want to play it.
I couldn't be more enthusiastic ... I only wish you could have been with me when I played the Dorothy Collins record for a group of fifth graders and followed it with a science lesson ... all too often in elementary science we're so engrossed in the "what we are going to teach" that we lose sight of the attitudes of the learner, which have been found second only to intellect among the factors affecting learning. There are, of course, numerous ways to develop in children a pleasant association with science, and truly one of them is the record albums ...
In two decades of radio, I have rarely found so enthusiastic and wide-spread acceptance of a record (Space Songs). It confirmed my original reaction that these songs were a genuinely creative contribution to the entertainment and educational fields.
On my rounds to the different schools, I carried the record with me and played it to groups of teachers ... It caught on like wild-fire. Soon it was being used in the classroom, at assembly programs, and in clubs.
Friends with kids, friends who like science, friends who like music, friends who breathe: this is a magical collection that is absolutely deserving of a space in your home. The songs are brilliant, the artwork is beautiful, and the production is outstanding.
...as of October 2013, the albums are BACK IN PRINT! You can order a six-CD box set from Amazon right now! Give it to all your siblings for Hanukkah/Christmas!
I love Space Songs! The Ballads are the best kids' science albums ever. I still remember all the scientific facts I learned from them.