A spe­cial visit from Dr. Jean Feld­man

Well known ed­u­ca­tor per­forms at Palmer-Stone El­e­men­tary

The Covington News - - School Beat - By Jenny Thompson

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.”

Pho­tos by Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.”

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