Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I have heard it said that a preschooler laughs about 400 times a day, while an adult laughs an average of 10 times per day. Children are typically joyful beings, and I think we can learn from them. I happened across an article about the benefits of laughter and thought I would share them.
- Laughter relieves physical tension, leaving muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.
- Laughter boosts the immune system, decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.
- Laughter releases endorphins, elevates your mood, and enhances communication.
- Laughter protects the heart, improving blood flow.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Yes, it's already time to think about spring 2010 Kindermusik registration. The schedule of classes will remain the same as the fall, but your child may need to move to a different age group. Or maybe you need a different day and time. I will address both of these issues in an upcoming post.
- Pay a $60 deposit via check and put your child's name and class choice in the memo. If your address, phone or email has changed then you will need to fill out a new form. Otherwise your check will reserve your space. Abbreviations for classes are as follows: Village (V); Our Time (OT); Imagine That! (IT); Young Child (YC); Beyond (BYD). Here is an example for the memo line on your check:
- Here are some payment options that can save you money:
- Other payment options are available, just ask me. If you are enrolling 2 or more children, you will qualify for further discounts. Again, just inquire.
- If you have materials from an older sibling to use for next semester, you may take another deduction - $40 for Village, Our Time & Imagine That! and $15 for Young Child.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
If you think that December is busy for your family, then check out all the happenings in Rome during the month of October. Rome celebrates Heritage Holidays, so there are fun events to enjoy all month long. Here are a few things that are not listed in the above link:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
- The Pumpkin Patch is back. Visit the Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Methodist, located on Turner McCall Blvd. Ms. Wendy will be there on Monday, Oct. 5 and she have story & music time at 10 & 11 a.m. , 3 & 4 p.m. THIS WEEK ONLY!
- It's Fair Week - go see the exhibits! Starts Tuesday, October 6.
- Enjoy time with your child in a different way. Take a hike, make a play date with a friend, go to special restaurant, make some cookies and of course - SING!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
For months the media has stormed us with H1N1 information. Here are some facts you should know about the virus:
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Reading Pete & PJ...wishy, washy wee!!!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Celebrating 20 years!
- The drawing will be held on the 20th of each month, or the closest day to the 20th.
- Enter your name or your child's name
- One entry per week is allowed
- Ask your Kindermusik teachers for details!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
My advice would be to talk with your teacher about your absence. If you know in advance that you will be out, then ask your teacher about attending a different day and time. If you are out because unexpectedly, you have a couple of options.
1. look at the schedule online and see what is available.
2. check the blog and make sure there isn't an announcement about a class being cancelled. This happens occasionally when a teacher has a conference to attend or is ill. We typically try and cover classes if a teacher is out, but sometimes that isn't possible.
3. call or email about availability of another class.
You make up the class anytime during the semester, it doesn't have to be within that week. This works fine for Village, Our Time, and Imagine That! classes, but not so well for the older classes. For children in Young Child there aren't as many options. Your teacher will be happy to get you the materials you missed at the next class.
As a side note, classes will not meet on Labor Day. Monday classes will make up this class the week of Thanksgiving. Also, no classes will meet the week of October 5 - 9. This is fall break for the city & county schools.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
3. the new elevator located on the 1st floor is very nice, but I would ask you to enter 1st floor quietly.
Be sure to look at the bulletin board outside the Kindermusik room. It is a glimpse into the history of the 20 years of Kindermusik at Berry College.
My next post will answer the question - "Can I make-up a class?"
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Do you have a great experience that you want everyone to know about? Do you find yourself telling friends, and even strangers about your vacation or a sale at your favorite store? My family loves the National Parks. I can talk for hours about the wonders of the parks. My youngest daughter is involved in a local swim club. I am constantly telling other moms about Three Rivers Swim Club. I tell them why I am supportive of the sport of swimming: exercise, friends, competition, discipline, and confidence builder.
“The past five or six years have been a joy for us. Often we spend money on our children/grandchildren for games, toys and other activities and don’t see fruit from our investment. I’m thankful all the money we’ve spent on Kindermusik at
“Families have so many demands on their time. I say “no” to many outside activities, but I have always found time in our family’s schedule for Kindermusik. It is an essential part of my children’s education." Susan, mom to 7.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here two additional photos, and another video from the
Friday, June 26, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
When I go to the pool to pick up my swimmer from Three Rivers Swim Club, I see that many of the swimmers are former Kindermusik students. In addition to swimming, they have continued their music study with piano, orchestra, chorus and band. My personal theory is that there is a certain rhythm involved in swimming...counting your strokes, kicks, knowing how far to the wall, etc... And of course, music is all about rhythm and the pulse. I tell students, without a pulse, you die and so does your music!
This past weekend, TRSC participated in a fun meet, and a relay team found four Kindermusik grads swimming the 200 Free Relay and winning. So, this summer enjoy the rhythm of music and the pool!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Kids gravitate to music...they dance to music on TV, love a marching band, and hop up on Grandma's piano bench to make their own music. Music is a multi-million dollar business: iTunes, rock concerts, symphony orchestras, country music, Broadway show, and the list goes on. But, what are the benefits of music? I'm glad you asked!
Childrensmusicworkshop.com just had an article outlining the 12 benefits of music education. Here is a summary of 4 of the benefits.
1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.
2. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and solve problems by imagining various solutions.
3. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline.
4. Music provides children with a means of self-expression, of which self-esteem is a by-product.
Give your child a benefit that will last a lifetime: music!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Singing, moving to music, playing instruments, and spending quality time with families - that is what we do in our classes. It's fun, but read this article to find out why listening to music can be a real "heart-opener". No, literally. http://tinyurl.com/p38dvg.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Today's children are so busy that they don't take time to relax, read or remember. I know parents like to keep the children busy, but allow them some slow hazy, lazy days of summer. Pick a few activities that will engage your child, not just entertain. Be deliberate in choosing, and try to be creative.
Here are my picks for summer fun with the kids:
go to the park
go to the library...summer storytime is on Tuesday & Thursday beginning in June. http://www.romelibrary.org/
pack a picnic
load up the bikes and ride... the trail next to the rivers in Rome is great because it's shady!
make homemade ice cream and invite the neighbors over
get a big box from the appliance store - it will become LOTS of things before it is over!
Vacation Bible School is a great week long activity and in Rome, you can find one most any week!
read books with your kids and then let them act it out or re-tell it
as you travel, sing a song....find a theme song for the trip. Sometimes it's a song we know, sometimes we change the words to a familiar tune.
First Friday Concerts in Rome are the best!
Visit a state park for the day...swim in the lake and hike a trail. http://www.gastateparks.org/
Find a Kindermusik class for your child. Go to http://www.berrycollegekids.com/ and click on Kindermusik
I had to add that last one, but I believe music makes life sweeter. It's one activity that is multi-generational. You never get too old to enjoy and make music. So, no matter what activities you choose this summer includes some music. It may just be dancing in the den, but your kids will definitely remember it!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This joyful (not beautiful) song that he carried is etched in my soul too. After I graduated from college with a music education degree, I had a piano studio in my home. I still do, but 20 years ago I added Kindermusik to my repetoire. What is Kindermusik? It's a children's music program for families. I get to share and make music with young children and their families - it's what grandma did on her porch for many years. Not my grandma - but granma's in general.
My intent with this blog is to share with families how music can add joy to your day. I may have some parenting tips, music to add to your playlist and probably a recipe or too.