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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Opportunities Abound

Rome Georgia is family friendly.  It doesn't have all the perks of the big city, but fortunately Atlanta is just down the road!  But while in Rome, do as the Romans.  To keep current on all the happenings in our city I would suggest that you check Venue Dog.  Some are aimed at families, others are adult only.  Regardless, get out and enjoy Rome.

Here are a few that I recommend for the upcoming weeks:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presented by the Rome Little Theater.  Many members of the cast are Kindermusik grads, including Aunt Polly and Injun Joe!  The show runs from August 22 - August 31.

Rome Symphony Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf.  This timeless work by Prokofiev introduces the orchestral instruments through an entertaining story.  The children's concert will be held on Friday, September 19 at Model High School, with shows at 10:30 am and 12:15 pm.  Each performance is 45 minutes long.  Admission is $3.  Make your reservation by calling 706-291-7967

Football season is a great time to see the bands at halftime.  Every Friday night there is a football game somewhere in Rome.  Pick a team, and show your support.  Berry football returns this fall too, with the Viking Drumline performing.  The drumline often performs at the volleyball and soccer games too.

You may know about the Farmer's Market at Ridge Ferry, but did you know that Berry has them too? You can buy vegetables, cheese, and beef.  There is a beef sale coming up on August 29 from 4 - 7 pm.  Get on the email list and you will get updates about the sales.  

The Berry dairy offers free tours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Email to schedule your tour agried@berry.edu

Rome is a great town, get out and enjoy all it has to offer!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Details You Need to KNOW!!

Kindermusik classes begin on August 18 at Berry College! 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 do?
  • Directions
  • Be on time for class.  I realize parking can be an issue. After 5 pm you can park in any lot!
  • Leave toys and food at home or in the car.
  • Be patient and encouraging.
  • 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!
  • Have fun in class, and your child will follow your lead.
  • Some children are observers.  The class is where they soak it in, and then later it comes pouring out!
  • Unless you are expecting an important call, turn your phone off when you come to class.
  • Focus on your child during class, and save conversation with grown-ups for later.
  • Play the music at home and in the car.  
  • 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 2014:


Kindermusik Village (newborn – 18 months)
Monday 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday 9:15 a.m 
Thursday 9:30 a.m.

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 5:00 p.m.

Beyond Kindermusik

REPETITION IS GOOD:
 REMINDERS ABOUT BEING AT BERRY!


The college students return on August 25.  This means more cars in the parking lot, more students driving to class. BE CAREFUL in the parking lot and crossing the street.  There is construction at the main entrance as they build a new welcome center.
  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.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Music Matters: Brain, Body, Heart & Soul

Parents have many activity choices for their child, but Kindermusik provides developmentally appropriate fun and learning. Click here to learn more about ways Kindermusik prepares your child for school.

Kindermusik classes begin the week of August 18 at Berry College.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Enroll now!

Come see why the Kindermusik program at 
Berry College is the best!

It's time to enroll in the fall semester of Kindermusik classes.  Save $15 if you enroll before July 15.  Classes begin the week of August 18 and meet weekly for the 15 week semester. There are classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the morning.  After school classes meet for big kids wanting to learn the written language of music.  Late afternoon and evening classes are available for preschoolers, toddlers and babies to enjoy with their families as well.  To see a schedule and register visit www.berry.edu/kindermusik  For more information email knobles@berry.edu

Families in a summer Village class enjoy a group dance.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Maestro!


Kindermusik International just released their list of top educators.  The Kindermusik program at Berry is in the Conductor's Circle and is #34 on the list!  The Maestro Conductor’s Circle represents the top 1 percent of Kindermusik educators worldwide who have built a truly expansive program and prove masterful in reaching a large number of families.  We join an elite group of  300 Maestros identified as the top Educators of the over 5,000 licensed educators in the world who teach Kindermusik’s music and movement curricula. 

Kathryn Nobles started the program at Berry College in 1989 and will celebrate 25 years of serving families in Northwest Georgia this September. Kay Bratton and Wendy Williams serve alongside Nobles in bringing the joy of music to children in the Rome community.

“The Kindermusik Maestro has a mission: helping children become better learners and helping parents understand how to help them reach their highest potential,” said Scott Kinsey, CEO at Kindermusik International.

This award is exciting, but it belongs to the families that participate each week.  Thank you for trusting us to share the power and beauty of music with your family.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Family Night - Fun for All!



Kindermusik of Berry College had a special Family Night Celebration on April 12.  There was much speculation about the special LIVE animal that would attend with the storyteller, Terrell Shaw!  It was a lovely spring evening and the Krannert Ballroom filled with about 125 Kindermusik friends to sing, play instruments, and dance!  The highlight was Mr. Shaw from the Arrowhead Environmental Education Center.
Terrell Shaw, Master Storyteller


Listening to the story of Trouble!


Everyone wanted to know about Trouble!
 The story was about a rabbit who knew all about trouble and the alligators that he tricked.  The special guest was a live baby alligator!

Vivian petting the alligator.

Kaleb wasn't sure about touching the alligator


The story of Trouble can be found on a CD entitled "Why the Dog chases the Cat" by David Holt.  You can also purchase great music by David Holt on his site.  A personal favorite is "I Got a Bullfrog". Some of his CD's combine music and storytelling!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Dancing, Family Night & Summer Classes

Spring is just around the corner and that will bring many opportunities to your family.  Be wise, choose carefully because you don't want to be overcommitted, but that's another blog!

Every year the Rome High Jazz Bands have a fun evening for adults to enjoy called "Night of Dreams".  The event is Friday April 11 at  7 p.m. at the Forum in Rome.  For $25 per person, you get a nice meal served to you by Rome band students, live music by the jazz bands and the opportunity to dance to the music!  There is also a silent auction that makes for an interesting evening.  If you would like to purchase a ticket or need more information contact Kathryn (knobles@berry.edu).

On Saturday April 12 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Kindermusik will host a FAMILY NIGHT!  This will take place in the Krannert Center Ballroom on the Berry College campus.   There will be singing, dancing, and instrument play alongs.  Bring dad, grandma, siblings...everyone but the pets!  A storyteller is in the works to spin a few tales for all in attendance, so mark your calendar and plan to attend!

The schedule for Maymester and Summer classes is out!  As you are making plans for the months ahead make sure to check out the Kindermusik offerings.  The brochure/schedule with info and fees can be found at www.berrycollegekids.com, click on Kindermusik.  Note that your mobile device may not pull up the Summer brochure unless you clear your cache.  Also, registration is not available yet (SOON!).  Here are the dates and times to give you a glimpse!


Maymester Session - May 6 - June 3 
Kindermusik Village (newborns - 18 months) Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Musical Beginnings (18 months - 3 years) Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. & 5:45 p.m.

Summer Classes - June 9 - July 17
Kindermusik Village (newborns - 18 months) Monday 6:30 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday 9:00 a.m.
Musical Beginnings (18 months - 3 years)  Monday or Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Monday 5:45 p.m.
Family Time (newborns - age 7) Tuesdays 5 or 5:45 p.m. - limit of 6 families per class

WEEK LONG CLASSES 
June 2-6, 2014 
Growing with Music (ages 3 - 41⁄2) 10 - 11:15 a.m.
June 9-13, 2014
Growing with Music (ages 3 - 41⁄2)  10 -11:15 a.m.
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 6 - 9) 10 - noon
June 16-20, 2014
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 41⁄2 - 7) 10 - noon
Journeys (ages 6 - 9)  10- 12:15 pm
Special Needs Kindermusik (Third Grade - Middle School) 1 - 3 p.m.
July 21–25, 2014
Kamp Kindermusik (ages 41⁄2 - 7) 10 - noon
Journeys (ages 6 - 9) 10 - 12:15