The World of Kindermusik in Columbus, MS

This week we worked on LOTS of things in our young child class, from Mozart to reading and writing musical notation.  We also did some more ensemble play.  I absolutely LOVE to watch these kids, sing, count out rhythms, play instruments, and listen to know their turn to play all at the same time.  It really is pretty magical.  Just another reason why I feel so blessed to have an amazing job that I absolutely LOVE!

On January 15, 2009 at 11am in Liverpool train station, T-mobile filmed this commercial using 400 dancers and 10 hidden cameras.  It just makes you smile and remember that life IS for sharing!  Who have you shared life with today??

This past week, our Young Child class started learning about percussion instruments.  In case you were wondering exactly what makes something a percussion it is an instrument that you shake or strike in order to produce sound.  This week in class all of our students will be bringing in their own homemade creations of a percussion instrument- including an original name!  Check out this link for some great homemade percussion instrument ideas!  You don’t have to have a child enrolled in our YC class to take advantage of some fantastic ways to create your own instruments at home!  Remember, children are EXPERIENTIAL LEARNERS– they learn best through using their senses, appealing to things your child enjoys and incorporating it into teaching them something, and seeing what developmental areas need to be worked on and catering to those as well.  No one said being a teaching parent was easy, but it’s SOOO worth it:)  Hope these ideas give you hours of fun and music!

I don’t know how many of you need your coffee in the morning before you are fully functioning and a normal human being.  I saw this on a fellow Kindermusik educator’s blog and it just made me laugh!  Hope you enjoy- but only after your morning cuppa joe!

Thanks Merri!

In Our Time we have been doing a whole bunch of animal talk!  From sounding like them, to listening to them, to acting like them!  Here’s a great video to watch with your Our Timers and listen to their laughter!  That’s one of the reasons we love music with our kids, right?  The pure, innocent fun and joy!

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National Pig Day recognizes and gives thanks to domesticated pigs. For some unknown reason, big, pot-bellied pigs seen in zoos, are often the symbol of the day. Pigs are clever and intelligent animals. But, most people are unaware of this high level of intelligence. They can be taught to do tricks. Some people even keep them as pets. Today is a day to give pigs the respect that they deserve.

National Pig day is celebrated by zoos, too. Activities include Snort Offs, Pig Outs, and online Pig Chats. However you choose, do not miss celebrating this day.

Here’s some great craft ideas for the day too:

  • Make pig tails by cutting a pink circle around and around toward the middle and then taping it onto the back of your pants.
  • Make a pig ear head band.
  • Make pig snouts to wear out of empty toilet tissue rolls.
  • Make a 3 Little Pigs scene out of straw, popcicle sticks, etc.
  • Make pigs out of pink clay.
  • Have the children make pink thumbprints on a piece of paper and then make the prints into pigs.
  • Cut pig shapes out of pink construction paper and let the kids add some brown finger paint (mud).
  • We’ll be celebrating the day with ham for dinner, not sure if that’s what they mean by celebrating, but we’ll enjoy it!  Thanks piggies!!!

     

     

     

     

    In Our Time we’ve been talking about all sorts of animals the past couple of weeks.  Here are some links to some great websites with games and crafts to do with your kids!

    Animals!

    Preschool Rainbow

    Disney Family Entertainment

    With the upcoming drum circle event going on at the Rosensweig in a couple of weeks, I wanted to give all of you a brief explanation of what a drum circle really is.  I personally have never been to one, so I am VERY excited about attending the Rhythm in the Round at the Rosensweig on the 13th.

    According to an article by Arthur Hull, the father of the modern day community drum circles, ”

    The Community Drum Circle is the use of a rhythm-based event as a tool for unity. It is NOT a drum class. It’s NOT using culturally-specific rhythms. A community drum circle in the United States is a fun, family friendly event, where people empower each other in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with what ever drums and percussion they bring to the event. They don’t have to be a drummer to participate. Everyone has something to offer the circle, and any one is welcome.”

    What a fabulous event to not only strengthen community bonds, but also the show how music really does connect all of us no matter age, ethnicity, gender,  or social status.  I do hope you will consider joining us that evening for something really fun!

    For all of you who have kids in our Imagine That! Cities class, or have gone through it as some point with an older child, this might sound familiar to you!  Yes, it is the street vendor song that we sing in class.  Everyone in class gets to pick something to sell and sing to us what they are selling!  We just wanted to remind all of you that yes, Kindermusik with Katy and Cathy is up for sale!  We are looking for someone who is interested in running the business side of the studio.  If you want to teach, that would be great too, but it isn’t a requirement.  Kindermusik is such a great addition to this community, but with my family moving sometime this summer, we are looking for someone who can step up and take over the studio and really expand it in the community.  If you, or someone you know is interested in more information, PLEASE let us know!

    This Monday morning the Columbus-Lowndes County Library is having a birthday party for Dr. Seuss.  The festivities start at 10:30am and will include, cake, lemonade, and some great Dr. Seuss books.  Don’t forget to register for free Dr. Seuss books too!

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