FAQ (frequently asked questions)

Read Along Songs

What basis were these songs chosen?  Most of these songs are favorites of mine, though some were selected for being unique or historical.

Your House of Education

What if you feel bad about not being that great in school?  Some of the world's most successful people didn't do that well in school.  However, they usually discovered something they loved and became experts in that area.  The main thing is that you give it your best and you keep moving forward.  Keep searching for something you love, and that's when learning new things becomes a lot easier, maybe even your life's passion! 

What if you feel terrible after you make a bad grade?  Most students don't do that well at one time or another. Stay positive and strive to give your best effort the next time around. Your effort is the key--don't give up!  You're going places; maybe you just haven't decided where!

When did you write this story? It was written in 1995 while I was teaching in Dallas. The original title was "Rock Solid." I had a big poster of the story printed with artwork lining the edges, and I always felt it would make a great cartoon. My brother Jason agreed to be the narrator and also put some melodies with the newly added lyrics. I feel his music/singing is what makes the story come alive. He is amazing! Of course Jody, the animator, did an awesome job!

Why did you choose the names, Martha and Nathan, as the main characters? I'm not sure why I chose the name Martha, but I remember thinking all the Nathans I knew were super smart, and wouldn't mind lending their name to this character.

 Why did you choose to end the story with, "and say this is my house baby; this is my house son." I was trying to pick a phrase that showed ownership. The bottom line is that each student will face that simple yet profound question, "Where will you live?"  

Good luck!  Randall Beaird

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