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Song writing used as a teaching strategy

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Aaron Parrish wears a lot of hats.

He's a full-time father and teacher, part-time musician, and most recently he became a YouTuber. 

At Bennett Elementary School, Parrish teaches life skills to kindergarten and 1st grade students. Since schools shut down due to Covid19, Parrish leaned on his love of song writing to start making music videos for his lessons.

"My students love music and in the classroom we're always making up songs to remember things," Parrish said. "So I figured what better thing to do now than make a video about the topic we're discussing, which is plants."

The lyrics to "The Plant Dance" describe all of the things a plant needs to survive, such as water and sunlight.

And to top it off, there's a specific plant dance move inspired by Parish's 1-year-old daughter.

"She likes to throw her arms in the air," Parrish smiled. "She's pretty inspiring."

Parrish plays in a band called Fellow American and his father is a music director in town. So it's safe to say music is in his DNA.

"I grew up around music and something I've always loved is writing fun kid songs," Parrish said. "And I've always had Brother Goose in my head as a name for the project."

 Brother Goose became the name of his new YouTube channel, where he plans to post weekly music videos dedicated to a different school unit.

"Next week is insects," Parrish said. "And then maybe earth since Earth Day is coming up." 

Parrish's goal is to relieve some stress off the parents who are having to both entertain and educate their kids during the stay at home order.

"I've gotten some calls from parents saying 'we're trying to keep it together and we're trying to get our school work done' but it's tough," Parrish said. "So I just want them to have something to encourage them in a non-pressuring way."

Parrish received several videos from parents of their kids doing the "plant dance", which never fails to make him smile. 

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