Bullfrog Jumped Home

Graphic by Scott Fuller
Art by Bethanne Hill

Bullfrog Jumped is a collection of songs sung by mothers, grandmothers, school teachers, babysitters, and children across Alabama, collected by Professor Byron Arnold in 1947.  They wanted children to learn them and sing them for many years to come.  In 2006 the Alabama Folklife Association assembled 42 of these folksongs and games and released them as Bullfrog Jumped, a CD with a 72-page booklet that contains the words to all of the songs and gives information about the singers. It can be ordered from the AFA Bookstore . To further enhance our understanding of the songs and to encourage parents and teachers to sing them with young people, the AFA has developed a learning guide as well as detailed essays on Byron Arnold and the histories of the Bullfrog Jumped songs. 

Guide to the links below:

1.  Bullfrog News:   Information and recordings from folk arts in education programs provided throughout the state of Alabama.   Information on Mary Chapman, singer, and Jane Peavy, educator.

2.  The Story of Byron Arnold:  "Folksongs of Alabama" essay by John Bealle

3.  The History Behind the Songs:  A historical introduction followed by the "Notes to the Song Tracks" by John Bealle.

4.  Bullfrog in the Classroom:  Learning Guide and Lesson Plans plus resources and credits.

5.  Folksongs in Alabama:  Links and resources for further research and study. 

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Upcoming Training Programs

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Making Value Visible -June 30-July 3, 2013
Workshops on Creating Visibility for Arts Programs, Using Evaluation Models that Work
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Online Resources for Educators

Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide

"Printable Student Handouts" on this page would be useful for visiting the exhibit

Alabama National Heritage Fellows

Bettye Kimbrell

Mozell Benson

Alabama Public Television

Digital Media Resources

Resources from the Southern States

Louisiana Folklife in Education Project

Mississippi: "Crossroads of the Heart"

Mississippi: Presenting Traditional Artists

Using Primary Resources in the Classroom

Library of Congress

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Skyline Farms:  Using Oral History w/Lesson Plan

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