Thanks for stopping by A Family Place. I enjoy working with families, and sharing the power of music with them. Kindermusik provides this outlet for me. This blog will allow me to share thoughts and ideas that can help families in their journey.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

20 years of Kindermusik with the Lataif's

I started teaching Kindermusik in 1989.  I have had many families come through the program during the years, but one family has just finished 20 years with me! Louis and Susan Lataif moved to Rome in 1996 when their first child, Emily, was about 2 years old. Susan always started the kids in Our Time classes and could easily have taught the classes because she knew all the songs.  She loved her one on one time with her toddlers, but often had a baby or older sibling in tow.


Charlie's last Kindermusik day and all are accounted for except Emily
The children continued in Kindermusik through all the curricula, and she often had 3 or 4 kids in different classes.  The kids in Young Child classes were often lucky enough to have Dad join them for sharing time.  This family appreciates music, and immersed their children in music.  All the kids have played the piano, Emily and Frances even took piano in college.  Ted has recently started learning the trumpet.  Renee wants to learn the violin and guitar.
Frances, Ted, Renee, Ms. Kathryn, George, Charlie and Philip
The Lataif kids, 3 girls and 4 boys, are always polite, courteous and friendly.  The boys can be rambunctious and rowdy, but Susan knows how to reel them in.  One of the things I loved about having Susan and her kids in Kindermusik was that she was a great parenting model.  She enjoyed her children, but didn't worship them.  She was always interested in people and hearing their stories.  She made sure her kids listened and didn't interrupt adults that were talking.  She let them make mistakes and suffer consequences.   

Emily and Frances, the first in the long line of Lataif's
Ted playing the recorder at a sharing day
Kindermusik celebration for George, with older sister Frances
Philip in an Imagine That class
Susan, Charlie and Renee march in an Our Time class
Did I mention she homeschool's her kids?  They are scheduled and have routines.  They take tennis lessons, they are involved at church, the boys are in Scouts, the girls sew and knit. The Lataif's all help out at home.  Every spring they go to the local strawberry farm, each pick 2 buckets of berries (62 pounds this year!) and then home to help make jam.  I have been the recipient of delicious strawberry jam for many years.  The kids know how to take initiative, because they know their mom and dad aren't going to do it for them.  Emily will graduate from the University of Dallas this weekend.  Frances attends Catholic University of America in DC.  Ted will go to University of Illinois this fall to study Aeronautical Engineering.  George is often flying his drone and taking videos, many that have been used on local news sites.  Renee just completed a National program for piano guild auditions, memorizing 8 pieces, playing all minor scales and transposing! She received a superior rating.  Philip and Charlie are also taking piano and doing great.  They have a regular practice schedule at their house, and I think the piano must be busy all day long.  That is music to my ears!

Thanks Lataif's for letting me share in your life these past 20 years. It's been wonderful and you will be missed in Kindermusik.


2015 Christmas card

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kindermusik Summer Preview




Start planning for summer and make sure to put Kindermusik into the schedule!

Weekly classes: June 7 - July 21
Kindermusik Village (newborns - 18 months) - $115
Wednesdays 9am or Thursday 530 pm

Musical Beginnings (18 months - 3 years) - $100
Tuesday 9am, 615 pm or Thursday 9 am

Family Time (newborns - age 7)
Favorite for families & only offered during the summer!
Tuesday 530 pm or Thursday 615 pm
$148 for 2 children, $25 each additional child

Week long camps
Growing with Music (ages 3 - 4) - $50
Music from the farm, the circus and more!
June 13-17 or June 20-24
10-11:15 am
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 4.5 - 7) - $85
Learn about the music and musicians of Georgia
June 13-17, June 20-24 or
July 11-14
10 - noon
Journeys (ages 6 - 9) -$85
Explore the basics of piano and violin
June 20 - 24 or
July 11- 14
10 - 12:15 pm

Special Needs (upper elementary age & up) - $85
Camp designed specifically for children with special needs to enjoy music in a group setting!
July 18 -21  1 - 4 pm

You will be the first to know when registration opens later this spring, but go ahead pencil Kindermusik into your summer!  Online registration will reflect a $5 savings when you register before May 1. The above fees are the after May 1 cost.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Helpful Reminders!

The first few weeks are a whirlwind of activity. New teachers, new friends, and new music. Sometimes it takes several weeks for children to feel comfortable in their new surroundings. What do you need to know:
  • Be on time for class.  I realize parking can be an issue. After 5 pm you can park in any lot!
    1. Leave toys and food at home or in the car.
    2. Be patient and encouraging. 
    3. Think, say: how many ways can we....play the sticks, move high, move low, wave our hand, etc...  Your suggestion, then they get an idea of their own, this is called scaffolding!
    4. Have fun in class, and your child will follow your lead.
    5. Some children are observers.  The class is where they soak it in, and then later it comes pouring out!
    6. Unless you are expecting an important call, turn your phone off when you come to class.
    7. Focus on your child during class, and save conversation with grown-ups for later.
    8. Play the music at home and in the car.  
    9. Incorporate activities from class into your daily routine. Your family activity book or card has lots of ways to do this.
    10. Please sign the photo release if it is okay to post pictures of you and your child on social media or the Kindermusik blog/website. 
    11. Check the board in the Kindermusik for pertinent information.  Email and Facebook are also ways we communicate on a regular basis.
    12. Do you need some parenting tips?  Kindermusik International has great post to help you out, check out their blog
    13. Teacher email addresses:  Wendy Williams hamilton80@aol.com  Kay Bratton brattonk@bellsouth.net Kathryn Nobles knobles@berry.edu
    14. Still need an answer, check this post.
    Remember all children are different, and your child may not participate the same as others. Your child may wander or just observe, but they are absorbing the atmosphere and are learning.
    You may need to stand up with your child, while others are sitting. You may need to find a new way to rock or move. Find a way to participate with your child.  If you are engaged, they will be too!

    For those with older children (Imagine That or Young Child), you may notice that they respond differently when you come for sharing time. This is part of being an independent learner. Try not to judge your child. Do correct disruptive behavior that is inappropriate such as loud talking, angry outbursts or struggling with a sibling who enters. Once class is over, tell the child what you enjoyed about being in class with them. Put the accent on the positive that you want to see repeated.

    If you miss a class you are welcome to make it up on another day/time.  Unfortunately some classes don't have that option...especially the evening classes.  It would be helpful if you could email about making up a class, just so we know you are coming.  It is not imperative, but encouraged.  Here is the class schedule for Spring 2016:


    Kindermusik Village (newborn – 18 months)
    Tuesday 10:15 a.m. 
    Wednesday 9:15 a.m 
    Thursday 9:30 a.m.
    Thursday 5:30 p.m. (music library)

    Kindermusik Our Time (18 months – 3 years)
    Monday 5:45 p.m. 
    Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
    Wednesday 10:15 a.m. 
    Thursday 10:15 a.m. 
    Thursday 6:30 p.m. 
    Friday 9:30 a.m. 

    Kindermusik Imagine That! ( 3.5 - 5 years)
    Monday 5:30 p.m. (music library)
    Thursday 11:00 a.m. 
    Friday 10:15 a.m.

    Kindermusik for the Young Child (4.5 – 7 years)
    Year One (green folder)  Tuesday 5:15 p.m.  Thursday 3:45 pm
    Year  Two (yellow folder) Thursday 4:45 p.m.

    Beyond Kindermusik
    Beyond 2 - 3:45 - 4:45 pm
    Beyond 1 - 4:15 - 5:15 pm.

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Details for Kindermusik of Berry College

    Kindermusik classes begin on January 11


    Details you should know to make your Kindermusik experience go smoothly:
    • Directions
    • The college students also return to campus on January 11.  This means more cars in the parking lot, more students driving to class.  BE CAREFUL in the parking lot and crossing the street.  
    • The new welcome center is now open and the gate is operational. For details on the gate and how it affects coming onto campus, click here.  If you don't have an electronic pass on your car, they will scan your ID at the gate. You can get an electronic pass and make your entrance quicker, or just allow more time to get to class.  If you want the pass, there is a yellow form to fill out and you can get one from your Kindermusik teacher and then take it to the campus safety house across from the main entrance.
    • Allow plenty of time to find a parking place and get to class. Once you arrive on campus, it will take you at least 5 minutes to get from the parking lot to the classroom.
    • The elevator is a great asset.  Please help us keep the alarm from ringing or the help button from being pushed. Buttons are inviting to children, and they are low...but keep them from calling security! Let them push the "floor" buttons, but stay away from the red and yellow ones!
    • Please use quiet voices and walking feet as you enter the building. First floor where you access the elevator is full of offices. Once on third floor there are college classes in session. If you have to take your child in the hall during class because he or she is crying, go to the north end of the hallway or the restroom to avoid disrupting classes.
    • In case of severe weather, Kindermusik follows the Floyd County Schools. If the Floyd county schools are closed due to inclement weather, then Kindermusik will not meet. If the county cancels classes after 2 p.m., you will need to call the Kindermusik office concerning afternoon and evening classes, OR check for an update on the blog.
    • Kindermusik of Berry College does not follow a specific school system for breaks, so teachers will announce these to individual classes. There will also be announcements on the blog.  No classes on Martin Luther King Day.  Monday classes will continue through May 2.  Other classes will end the week of April 25.
    • LIKE US ON FACEBOOK.  
    • Tell your friends about Kindermusik! We love it when you spread the word about your experience!
    If you have questions or concerns about anything in class, talk with your child's teacher.
    You can always email me at knobles@berry.edu for a quick response to general questions, or leave a message at 706-233-4091.

    Kindermusik Village (newborn – 18 months)
    Tuesday 10:15 a.m. 
    Wednesday 9:15 a.m 
    Thursday 9:30 a.m.
    Thursday 5:30 p.m. (music library)

    Kindermusik Our Time (18 months – 3 years)
    Monday 5:45 p.m. 
    Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
    Wednesday 10:15 a.m. 
    Thursday 10:15 a.m. 
    Thursday 6:30 p.m. 
    Friday 9:30 a.m. 

    Kindermusik Imagine That! ( 3.5 - 5 years)
    Monday 5:30 p.m. (music library)
    Thursday 11:00 a.m. 
    Friday 10:15 a.m.

    Kindermusik for the Young Child (4.5 – 7 years)
    Year One (red folder)  Tuesday 5:15 p.m.  Thursday 3:45 pm
    Year  Two (blue folder) Thursday 4:45 p.m.

    Beyond Kindermusik
    Beyond 2 - 3:45 - 4:45 pm
    Beyond 1 - 4:15 - 5:15 pm.

    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Family Activities for the Holidays

    Tis the Season

    Are you looking for some local holiday fun?  Here's a list to get you started:

    Downtown Holiday Open House is set for November 20-21 on Broad Street. Start your holiday shopping with local merchants on Friday and bring the kids on Saturday for a candy cane hunt at the Town Green at 1 pm.  There will also be free trolley rides with Mr & Mrs. Claus from 11 am - 3 pm.

    The Nutcracker returns to the Rome City Auditorium on November 20-21 with performances at 7:30 pm each evening and a 2 pm matinee on Saturday afternoon.  A special 
    Tea Party will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 12:30-1:15, before the matinee performance. Young children will have a hot chocolate and sugar cookie tea party while given the opportunity to meet some of the lead characters in the show. It will include a reading of "The Nutcracker" book as well as a meet-and-greet, and photo-ops. It will be a great way for children to really connect with the show and with the dancers that they so admire on stage. Limited tickets for the Tea are $5 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult  to ensure proper supervision. Tea Party tickets are available at Rome Civic Ballet (info@romecivicballet.com).  The ticket does not include the performance, so performance tickets will need to be purchased at here, with limited available at the door.

    Rome Christmas Parade is Tuesday December 1 at 630 pm on Broad Street.  Bands, floats, and Santa!

    White Christmas is coming to the Rome Little Theatre at the Historic Desoto in December.  This is a fabulous musical with great singing and dancing! Saturday, December 5, kids under 13 get in for $5 with a paying adult!  Also, photos taken with Santa at performances on December 5 and 6.


    Candles and Carols at Oak Hill on December 4 and 5.

    What else?  Check out 
    Venue Dog for all Rome events!

    Eventually the holidays end and it will be winter. Don't get the winter blues and be stuck inside, enroll in Kindermusik for the spring semester. Kindermusik makes a great Christmas gift, because it last for 15 weeks! 

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Kindermusik - Be Prepared!

    Kindermusik classes begin on August 17 at Berry College!

    Getting Here:
    • Directions
    • The college students return on August 24.  This means more cars in the parking lot, more students driving to class.  BE CAREFUL in the parking lot and crossing the street.  The new welcome center is now open and the gate is operational. For details on the gate and how it affects coming onto campus, click here.
    The first few weeks are a whirlwind of activity. New teachers, new friends, and new music. Sometimes it takes several weeks for children to feel comfortable in their new surroundings. What can you d
    • Be on time for class.  I realize parking can be an issue. After 5 pm you can park in any lot!
      1. Leave toys and food at home or in the car.
      2. Be patient and encouraging. 
      3. Think, say: how many ways can we....play the sticks, move high, move low, wave our hand, etc...  Your suggestion, then they get an idea of their own, this is called scaffolding!
      4. Have fun in class, and your child will follow your lead.
      5. Some children are observers.  The class is where they soak it in, and then later it comes pouring out!
      6. Unless you are expecting an important call, turn your phone off when you come to class.
      7. Focus on your child during class, and save conversation with grown-ups for later.
      8. Play the music at home and in the car.  
      9. Incorporate activities from class into your daily routine. Your family activity book or card has lots of ways to do this.
      Remember all children are different, and your child may not participate the same as others. Your child may wander or just observe, but they are absorbing the atmosphere and are learning.
      You may need to stand up with your child, while others are sitting. You may need to find a new way to rock or move. Find a way to participate with your child.

      For those with older children (Imagine That or Young Child), you may notice that they respond differently when you come for sharing time. This is part of being an independent learner. Try not to judge your child. Do correct disruptive behavior that is inappropriate such as loud talking, angry outbursts or struggling with a sibling who enters. Once class is over, tell the child what you enjoyed about being in class with them. Put the accent on the positive that you want to see repeated.

      If you miss a class you are welcome to make it up on another day/time.  Unfortunately some classes don't have that option...especially the evening classes.  It would be helpful if you could email about making up a class, just so we know you are coming.  It is not imperative, but encouraged.  Here is the class schedule for Fall 2015:


      Kindermusik Village (newborn – 18 months)
      Tuesday 10:15 a.m. 
      Wednesday 9:15 a.m 
      Thursday 9:30 a.m.
      Thursday 5:30 p.m. (music library)

      Kindermusik Our Time (18 months – 3 years)
      Monday 5:45 p.m. 
      Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
      Wednesday 10:15 a.m. 
      Thursday 10:15 a.m. 
      Thursday 6:30 p.m. 
      Friday 9:30 a.m. 

      Kindermusik Imagine That! ( 3.5 - 5 years)
      Monday 5:30 p.m. (music library)
      Thursday 11:00 a.m. 
      Friday 10:15 a.m.

      Kindermusik for the Young Child (4.5 – 7 years)
      Year One (red folder)  Tuesday 5:15 p.m.  Thursday 3:45 pm
      Year  Two (blue folder) Thursday 4:45 p.m.

      Beyond Kindermusik
      Beyond 2 - 3:45 - 4:45 pm
      Beyond 1 - 4:15 - 5:15 pm.

      REPETITION IS GOOD:
       REMINDERS ABOUT BEING AT BERRY!

      1. Allow plenty of time to find a parking place and get to class. Once you arrive on campus, it will take you at least 5 minutes to get from the parking lot to the classroom.
      2. The elevator is a great asset.  Please help us keep the alarm from ringing or the help button from being pushed. Buttons are inviting to children, and they are low...but keep them from calling security! Let them push the "floor" buttons, but stay away from the red and yellow ones!
      3. Please use quiet voices and walking feet as you enter the building. First floor where you access the elevator is full of offices. Once on third floor there are college classes in session. If you have to take your child in the hall during class because he or she is crying, go to the north end of the hallway or the restroom to avoid disrupting classes.
      4. In case of severe weather, Kindermusik follows the Floyd County Schools. If the Floyd county schools are closed due to inclement weather, then Kindermusik will not meet. If the county cancels classes after 2 p.m., you will need to call the Kindermusik office concerning afternoon and evening classes, OR check for an update on the blog.
      5. Kindermusik of Berry College does not follow a specific school system for breaks, so teachers will announce these to individual classes. There will also be announcements on the blog.  No classes on Labor Day. Monday classes will make those up the week of Thanksgiving.
      6. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK.  
      If you have questions or concerns about anything in class, talk with your child's teacher.
      You can always email me at knobles@berry.edu for a quick response to general questions, or leave a message at 706-233-4091.

      We are glad you have chosen Kindermusik, it's a great way to enhance your child's life through music.

      Tuesday, May 19, 2015

      Activities Around Rome - Kid Friendly

      Spring semester was full of good times in and out of
      theclassroom. Weekly classes are great, but many
      of you also enjoyed the Disney Concert presented
      by the Berry Ensembles, took the Dairy Tour or came
      to the park to play.

      Kindermusik encourages families to be together
      and one way to do that is to make music a part of
      yoursummer! Classes begin the week of June 1,
      so make sure to register online and join the fun.

      Besides Kindermusik, here are some other activities
      foryour family:  visit the strawberry farm...
      enroll in the summer reading program...go to the
      Berry farmer's market...enjoy a First Friday Concert
      in downtown Rome...take a walk by the river...
      visit the Eco Center.  Can you add to the list?