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.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pre-registration for Spring

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.  

This week will begin registration for families that are currently enrolled in Kindermusik classes at Berry College.  Open enrollment will begin on November 6.  To reserve your space for spring semester you need to pay a deposit.  Your enrollment this semester does not guarantee you a space in classes next semester. Here is are the steps to reserving your child's space:
  • 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:  
OT Tues 9:30 Jack
  •  Here are some payment options that can save you money:  
             Pay in full by December 1 - $15 discount
           Pay in full by December 15 - $10 discount
             Sibling discounts are 10% of the total
  • 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.
Prices for spring semester remain unchanged from the fall.  The cost are as follows:
Village - $195 - Cock-a-doodle Moo, Dewdrops
Our Time - $180 - Away We Go!
Imagine That! - $195 - Toys I Make, Trips I Take!
Young Child - $210 (continuing student) - $230 (new student)
Beyond - $165

Fall classes continue through the week of December 7.  But make sure to put Kindermusik on the planner for the spring.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Winners for October are

Andrea Stahl (Logan) & Jean Linos (Marina). This is the second in a series of drawings celebrating 20 years of Kindermusik at Berry College. Each month I will draw two names. The first person receives $20 Kindermusik credit and a small gift for their child. The second person can choose one item from an assortment of instruments, CD's, or books.

Enter weekly, one entry per child that attends a Kindermusik class. The drawings will continue through April 2010. Congratulations to our October winners!

Friday, October 9, 2009

October in Rome

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:

The Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Methodist Church - this is open everyday until Halloween.  Ms. Wendy will have a few special days of storytelling & songs.  Visit her at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 10 & 17.

Peach State Marching Festival - October 24 at Barron Stadium.  Come and hear high school bands as they present their half-time shows for competition. Bands from north Georgia, Alabama & Tennessee begin performances around noon.  Admission is charged.  

Service road at Berry - as the leaves begin to change this is a beautiful short drive, and you can enjoy it as you arrive for Kindermusik.  

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wild Geese are Flying

One of the songs that we sing in the Village class is "Wild Geese Are Flying."  It's a lovely song about the coming of winter and the geese flying south.  In the baby class, the children experience resonator bars for the first time.   The parents "fly" the children through the air as we listen to the song.  In another session, humongous scarves are used by the parents as they swoop the scarves around the children.  

Last week I introduced this beautiful melody to the children in the Beyond Kindermusik class. They sang and flew with scarves, similar to the babies.  They enjoyed playing with the scarves and moving to the music, but these 1st - 3rd graders can make their own music.  

Enjoy this video of the children accompanying the song.  We had 9 children playing instruments and one child flying with a scarf.

Fall Break

Next week, Oct. 5 - 9, Kindermusik of Berry College will not have classes.  The city & county schools are observing fall break and we will do the same.  Here are some ideas for you:
  • 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!