A special visit from Dr. Jean Feldman
Well known educator performs at Palmer-Stone Elementary
Ever heard of the “Tooty Ta”?
Ask an elementary school student, and he or she will probably be able to tell you all about it.
The “Tooty Ta” is a children’s song with dance moves made famous by Dr. Jean Feldman a renowned educator of young children and their teachers.
Feldman visited PalmerStone Elementary School Thursday afternoon where she and students sang and danced the “Tooty Ta” and a number of other silly songs.
“I’ve never bothered to grow up— I’m like Peter Pan,” Feldman said. “People ask me how long I’ve been doing this, and I say 61 years because that’s how old I am.”
A Georgia native, Feldman has worked as an educator for more than 30 years. She has been a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, consultant and is author to more than 10 books including The Best of Dr. Jean Series published by Scholastic.
She has also recorded a number of albums including “Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs,” “Sing to Learn,” and “Kiss your Brain!”
Many of her songs are just for fun, like “Pizza Hut” — a song with only the titles of fast food restaurants — while others tell stories such as “Cool Bear Hunt.”
Feldman said when the state department of education began intensifying curriculum standards she created academic songs and recorded them on albums called “Totally Math” and “Totally Reading.”
Children love the goofy antics that go along with her songs and teachers love her ability to engage and excite the children and then quickly calm them with sing-song phrases like, “Tootsie Roll, lollipop, we’ve been talking, now lets stop.”
Feldman hosts summer workshops for teachers of preK, kindergarten and first grade students in four U.S. cities including Atlanta.
Registration is still open for the Atlanta workshop on June 12 and 13.
More song lyrics and activities can be found on her Web site, at www.drjean.org.
“The most important thing is looking at the kids’ faces,” Feldman said. “It’s all about giving kids a happy memory.”
Above, Dr. Jean Feldman leads Palmer- Stone Elementary students as they sing “Alligator“ Thursday afternoon. Bottom left, Dr. Jean Feldman leads students on a “ Cool Bear Hunt.” Bottom right, Aaliyah Mitchell, a student in Wanda Rice’s pre- K class, sticks out her tounge as she sings and dances to the “ Tooty Ta.”