Friday, July 25, 2008
They love this book. It's in French. They understand it because they're really smart, and because it has pictures. Spoiler alert: the "beast" eats everything she sees, including the sun! We make munching noises on almost every page. Munching noises are our "raison d'être ."
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Miss Lindy, our Dublin teacher, is absolutely fabulous! I was privileged to watch her teach our Dublin Village class today, and her confident enthusiasm and playful spirit lit up the entire room. The babies in particular were enthralled, vocalizing more than ever before and hitting some very high notes!
Lindy is teaching one of the only Sign & Sing classes in the entire Bay Area this summer in Dublin and is uniquely qualified for the job. Lindy has studied American Sign Language (ASL) for several years and is currently pursuing a certificate in ASL. Moreover, she has been a certified Signing Smart instructor for several years. (Signing Smart is the company which, along with Kindermusik, created the Sign & Sing curriculum.) To register for Lindy's Sign & Sing class, call the City of Dublin at (925) 556-4500, or visit www.eastbaykindermusik.com/SignSing.html for more information on the class.
Friday, May 30, 2008
So, it is well-known amongst the Kindermusik crowd that children love books about cows. The kids routinely ask for "The Cow Book" (Look Who's Talking on the Farm, by Danny Tepper, below, not to be confused with Cock-a-Doodle-MOO!, above, which is also about farm animals).
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Jordan's baby cheeks and playful smile light up her Kindermusik class every week, and mom loves to sing and sign "Sweetest Little Baby" to her daughter. The sheer joy expressed in this picture is typical of Jordan's approach to life. Wouldn't it be great if we all felt that way about our place in the world?
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Some final thoughts from me: Whether you have five children or one, and whether you are currently coasting through motherhood or wrestling with its many challenges, know that you are doing the hardest yet most important job in the world, and that you are valued, appreciated, and loved.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Since I spent the last post raving about my Imagine That students, I must give equal due to my Kindermusik for the Young Child students. These students, ages 5-7, are all automatically invited to become Kindermusik educators and teach with my program as soon as they turn 18. They are amazing. Almost every single child has literally tried to take over teaching the class at some point and could probably do as well or better than I do in leading the class.
They know every activity we've ever done and make frequent requests. They know how to sing on key and play accurate rhythms. They know how to move to music, and they understand concepts like staccato, legato, microbeat, macrobeat, crescendo, decrescendo, and so much more. They know all about "Sebastian" and Beethoven, and the Year Two students even know about Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and David Holt. Most of all, they know how to make everything they do fun!
Friday, May 2, 2008
I don't want my families to think that I have posted this child's picture because he is my favorite, because as everyone knows, all the children are my favorites! However, I can only share pictures of kids whose parents have expressly given permission to publish. Therefore, if you have pictures of your Kindermusical child that you would like to share, please send them my way!
I must express my appreciation to Kindermusik Educator Helen Peterson and Kindermusik mommy Paige for helping me learn how to blog. You would think someone who spends an average of eight hours a day on the computer would naturally know how to do this, but alas, osmosis seems not to be a viable pedagogical tool after all -- at least, not outside of the music and movement classroom. Young children can naturally pick up rhythms, melodies, and even social skills just by being in the room while their friends and loved ones are engaging in enriching, research-based musical activities, perhaps in part because they are still in that critical neural period during which their little brains soak up everything around them. Alas, such is not the case for adults attempting to learn to use new technology. Attempting to rhythmically entrain with the buzzing of the computer may result in a zen trance and contribute to sleeplessness and loss of visual acuity, but it does not a blogging expert make. So, thanks very much to the true experts who have helped me figure out how to do this:
Uh-oh. There was supposed to be a picture there. Apparently I still have some learning to do.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Okay, so I'm making most of that up - but it is based on my experiences. Here are some facts about what Kindermusik really does for children (see the images at the bottom of this blog page..."Miss" Lindsay has not yet figured out how to format her blog properly...or how to speak in the first person, apparently...)