Wee Sing Bible Songs by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Children’s Music CD and Book (ages 0-8)
Pages: 64 Paperback 6.14 x 13.18in + 63 songs and poems, 1 hour
Date Released: September 2005
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Young Readers
Songs of praise, prayer, Scripture, Bible stories and Bible heroes are shared by a charming children’s choir. Hear marches, clap alongs, action songs, call and response, and quiet, prayerful songs. This is a wonderful collection of traditional Sunday school songs that have been sung for decades.
When I started researching things that I wanted to implement into curriculum and start purchasing since I’d use them for years, one thing that kept coming up was Wee Sing. First it was mentioned, I think, in The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. Then again I saw it often in the references and catalogs from Veritas Press. Then again in the Memoria Press forums and again and again. Then when I started into the Animal Play Curriculum it was Wee Sing Animals Animals Animals. I knew I would have to get my hands on these.
I am over the top delighted! Wee Sing is awesome. I have a bunch of reviews coming for you. I figured that I could have wrapped it all up in one, but these deserve their own posts. I might repeat myself a little bit, but I want you to know how much I love these.
This CD is packed from songs from my childhood, Sunday School, VBS and more. Then on top of that there are several poems and other songs that I did not know before but I am delighted to learn now and to teach them to my daughters. The booklet that comes with the CD is great. It has the music and sometimes sign language to go with songs and the words to the poems as well. We sometimes listen to this for specific songs and sometimes just to start the day (most days!). I absolutely love this and I know that Wee Sing is going to be a great aide in giving my children a great foundation. As a person who is practically humming or singing all the time, this fits my personality perfectly. Then now to have my 30 month old daughter singing at the top of her little lungs, “Jesus, Love Children! The Bible tells me so…” is awesome. I’m excited to know that she can keep learning and already at her young age is putting such great words to memory. Absolutely fantastic!
Stay tuned for more…
*Thanks to Wee Sing for providing a sample for review.*
“As mothers and former music teachers, we believe music encourages freedom of expression and creativity in children, as well as self-confidence and language development. Most importantly, music can be an uplifting and joyful experience that brings people together.”
—Wee Sing creators Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Wee Sing was born in 1977, when Pam Beall and Susan Nipp, young mothers and former music teachers in Portland Oregon, realized that while many people remember the first words of classic children’s songs, most could not remember every word and note. In order to keep this music alive, the creators hand wrote a song book containing many old favorites. The authors invested $200 and distributed the books throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their immediate success helped pioneer a resurgence in traditional children’s music and prompted expansion to audiocassettes. In 1985, Wee Sing released its first children’s musical video.
The success of Wee Sing stems from the authors’ integration of their personal experiences as mothers with their professional music teaching background. Wee Sing continues to play a major role in their own families as they share in the joy of music. Their children have contributed to the Wee Sing library by singing and researching. “We think children should have the freedom to be innocent as long as they can. We want children to see the beauty and wonder around them, and music is such an integral part of that,” says Susan Nipp. “Everything that comes from Wee Sing comes from our hearts and personal experiences,” adds Pam Beall.
Pamela Conn Beall received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in music and a minor in education from Oregon State University. After college, she became an elementary school music teacher in the Portland area. she currently resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with her husband Ron. They have four children.
Susan Hagen Nipp received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in music and a minor in education from Whitworth College, in Spokane, Washington. She has taught high school English, and music on the elementary school level. She lives in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, with her husband Charlie. They have two children.