Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kindermusik Classes Today, Wednesday, December 17th

Good Morning!

Today we are scheduled to have classes in the Hamilton Southeastern school district (Fishers) and in Zionsville school district. Because both schools just have a 2-hour delay, we will be holding our classes as scheduled. If you feel you cannot get your child out safetly to class, please stay home. Give us a call and we will schedule a make-up day for you. Otherwise, we will see you at class this morning. Evening classes will still be held as scheduled. Stay warm!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens


Have you noticed how much pleasure your toddler can find in touching a
pansy petal to his cheek? ...or the fascination in the eyes of a three
year old who has discovered a spider crawling on its web? Everyone who
has a one-on-one relationship with a child can get "back to basics" in a
blink of an eye. Even fuzz-balls under the fridge can capture a little
one's interest. Think about the toys you or your child loved most.....
probably a cuddly bear, a houseful of "little round people", wooden
building blocks, Colorforms shape sets, or play pots and pans, dishes
and some play dough "food". A two year old can still spend hours
playing with soapy suds or digging in the sand. Remember the basics when
choosing toys and there will be less frustration for you AND your
children. No batteries, raucous electronic voices or beeps, software
that disappoints, violent games, or lost pieces in the bottom of the toy
box. A gift of a big plastic tub with snap-on lid filled with age
appropriate art supplies and blank paper, a plastic drop cloth, and a
collection of "stuff" such as tissue tubes, stickers, rubber bands,
feathers, scraps of fabric and construction paper might be one of the
best gifts you could give. But don't just set it down in front of your
child.... "Let's see what we can make!" could be the magic words. Don't
insist on conformity or beauty. Just the experience of construction can
bring great satisfaction. There are some good books on home-made
instruments for parents and children to make together, combining music
and craft/art. Let me hear of your successes and/or disasters. We can
all learn from each other!

By Kim, who doesn't want a kitten in HER house!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

SNOW/WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY

We hope that we don't ever have to cancel a Kindermusik class because of the weather, but we want all of our little ones to always be safe! So in case we do have a lot of snow that the big snow plows aren't able to keep off the roads, here is our cancellation policy!


School Cancellations - If the school district where your Kindermusik class meets cancels school, then your Kindermusik class will be cancelled.

2-Hour Delay - If the school district where your Kindermusik class meets has a 2-hour delay, your Kindermusik class will meet as scheduled. We can't figure out how to get a 2 year old to delay her nap for 2 hours. Go figure!

Please notice that you may live in a different school district than where your Kindermusik class meets. Please take this into consideration.

Evening Classes - If you are in an after-school or evening class, please call our office to see if we are having class that day. Even if schools are cancelled sometimes the roads are clear by noon. If this is the case, we will go ahead and have our classes.

You can also always call our office and if I'm out playing in the snow, there will be a message on the voice mail telling you if we are having classes or not. I also realize that if you are a parent who doesn't have children in school, you may not be very familiar with the school districts. Here is a list:

Zionsville Presbyterian Church Zionsville School District
Carmel Parks Monon Center Carmel-Clay School District
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church Carmel-Clay School District
Northview Christian Life Church Carmel-Clay School District
Fishers United Methodist Church Hamilton Southeastern School District
East 91st Street Christian Church Hamilton Southeastern School District
Epworth United Methodist Church Washington Township School District, Marion County

As always, if you have any questions, please give us a call!

Posted by Kim Bemis who is trying to stay warm on this cold Sunday afternoon!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

PLANNING AHEAD


We all seem to plan ahead any more. Now I'm not talking next week or even a few weeks away. I'm talking about months in advance! Because we do this as a society, I am forced to do this in my Kindermusik business. We are currently in our last day of Priority Enrollment for our current students. November 30th is the last day for this.

On Monday, December 1st we will open our enrollment for families who would like to get into our program. Our classes tend to fill quickly and are limited in size. So please call or register on line to get a class that meets your family's needs.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday! I love being with family. We laugh, we reminisce by telling stories, some of which are even true! It is a holiday that hasn't been spoiled by too much commercialism. In fact, I think that the retail market has totally forgotten about Thanksgiving. They just can't figure out how to commercialize this holiday! So they opt to skip it in favor of Christmas.

As I look at my family, I often think of how it has changed over the years. I no longer have any grandparents around the table. I miss them! I am now one of the grandmas sitting at the table. I would have loved for my grandparents to know my grandchildren.

All people don't appreciate family ties the same way I do. Some relationships can be very difficult. Family can often bring out the worst in us. I want to challenge you at this Thanksgiving season to try to look at others seeing the best in them. What about them do you like? What redeeming qualities does that person have? What good memories do you have of that person?

Being thankful...I don't do this often enough! What am I thankful for?
  • A husband who tolerates me no matter what.
  • Children who have grown up to be responsible adults.
  • Parents who are still in good health and love me unconditionally.
  • Grandchildren who let me shower them with kisses!
  • Music
  • Being able to share music with so many children.
  • Being able to make music in praise to God.
  • ALL my Kindermusik families
So let's all think of the many blessing we have in our life, beginning with our family. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. God bless you all!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Macy's Pre-Thanksgiving Day Parade

What a great kick-off to the holiday season we had today at Castleton Square Mall. Macy's was kind enough to ask us to be the "band" in the their Pre-Thanksgiving Day Parade. We had 45 children plus their parents, some grandparents and friends that came to march through the store with instruments and balloons. Macy's was also kind enough to give away some great coupon savings to everyone who participated. They also did a drawing for several really great prizes. It was exciting to have everyone come and participate! Enjoy a slide show of some of the exciting moments!

Kindermusik International Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina


A few weeks ago I was privileged to go to the annual convention that Kindermusik International puts on for all of it's educators. There were three of us from Musical Beginnings who were able to attend. Mindy Lerch and Christina Gibson went to Raleigh with me. We learned so much and were so inspired by the speakers, staff of Kindermusik International and all the other Kindermusik educators that we were lucky enough to rub shoulders with. Kindermusik has 4800 educators world wide and I can say with assurance that I work with 6 of the best Kindermusik educators in the world. They each one are caring, knowledgable educators who want the very best for your children. Which one are you fortunate to have working with your family?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

From Village to Family Time to Young Child

Whether your child is a baby in our Village class (0-18 months) or you have opted to do Family Time (6 months to 7 years), you and your child are having fun in a Kindermusik class. Maybe you are doing Our Time (18 months to 3 1/2 years) or Imagine That (3 - 5 years) and your child is loving the music. For those who have a child in Kindergarten or 1st grade we are working on rhythms and learning to read music and play it on our instruments. We are all having fun and learning so much! Here is a slide show that will give you just a peek inside all of our different levels of Kindermusik. Kindermusik parents are giving their children a gift that will last a lifetime! This is what we have been doing in October.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rain Hat Day in Imagine That


Last week was our rain hat day. Our theme for Imagine That this semester is Hello Weather, Let's Play Together! What fun you can have with this theme. We have been making and bringing things from home. This past week the students were to make a rain hat and bring to class. Everyone in my class had a rain hat. As you can see, they were quite the fashionable children! We can even have fun and sing in the rain!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Imagine That!


Yes! Imagine That! This is the name of the class for our 3 - 5 year old children. It is the most amazing time that I have all week. This age child is just that; so full of imagination. So full of stories to tell. And not necessarily all true ones! Having taught Kindermusik now for 11 years sometimes I feel that I have heard everything. But when I enter this class, I am almost always guaranteed that I will hear at least one new idea. One thing that I have never tried. It is often the highlight of my week.

It saddens me that many times this is the time that parents decide to not do Kindermusik any longer. What their child misses developmentally is such a great loss. Only music can help in ALL developmental areas. It is truly a whole child experience. A 3, 4 or 5 year old needs the comfort and familiarity of a Kindermusik class to explore and develop in every area. Making it a priority to find both the time and resources to let your child continue is one of the greatest gifts that a parent will ever give their child.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HOW DOES MY CHILD FEEL TODAY?

We have done it! We have started another semester of Kindermusik studio classes. What fun we have had this first week. With the beginning of a new semester also comes the challenges. We have already seen some "questionable children". What you ask is a "questionable child"? That is the child who many see as not being healthy enough to come to a class. (Maybe we should call it the "questionable adult"!) Please ask yourself this question before you come to class.

Would I want MY healthy child to be in a class next to a child who has my little one's symptoms?

We realize as a mom/caregiver you are probably considering these things:
1. We really should stay home...but I really need to get out of the house!
2. We really should stay home...but I have paid for the class!
3. We really should stay home...but I'm GOING CRAZY!

We know what a hard job is it being a mother and we know that isn't the ONLY job that you have. If your child is sick, please call or email to let us know and then we can schedule a make up class for you. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and consideration to others! (And to the teachers also! We don't like to get sick either!!)

The following are a few guidlelines that we would like you to consider.

SICK CHILD POLICY
Please be considerate of other children when deciding whether or not your child is healthy enough to attend class. Follow these guidelines and if your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home:
  • Fever within the last 24 hours
  • Runny nose with yellow or green mucus
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Lice
  • Rash or spots on skin, ringworm infection
  • Severe itching
  • Mouth sores
  • Eye discharge
  • Uncontrolled coughing; difficulty breathing; wheezing
Ask yourself this important question – when you are feeling healthy, would you want to play in class with another child that has your child’s symptoms? If the answer is no, please do not bring him/her to class. If your child exhibits these symptoms, please be advised that in the interest of safety for all children and adults present, we will ask you to leave and make-up the class at a better time.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

LITTLE WONDERS

Aren't they though? Children are just little wonders. I find myself smiling at them without even thinking about it. They make me laugh, whether it is by their smile or something funny they say. The way they switch meanings and words around can be hysterical.

We did 2 demos today and it was a ball. They were both very small, but full of fun. We had 2 "babies" today that smiled when we sang and so enjoyed all the different movements we put them through.

Then we did a Family Time class with 4 boys and 1 girl. They were everywhere; exploring, playing instruments, checking out everything they saw! I never get tired of the wonder of children. Just when I think I've heard every idea, here comes another one.

When was the last time you sat back and enjoyed the "wonder" that is your child? Have you ignored the mess they are making and just watched them explore? Have you seen the wonder in their eyes as they notice something for the first time?

Take the time to sing and dance with your child. Watch the sparkle in their eyes! It is awesome! Don't miss a minute!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

SING YOUR BABY TALK

Even before your baby is born, she responds to the sound of your voice. Researchers have observed that babies in the womb as early as five months will respond to the sound of a mother’s certain vowels with a kick or a wave.

Later, when your baby is born, you’ll naturally talk to her in a sing-song language called “motherese,” or “parentese.” Research shows that this language is one of the first sounds your baby tries to imitate with cooing and babbling.

Studies have also pinpointed the musical notes that children can most easily recognize and imitate. So mix up your language-building parentese with singing, regular talking, and rhymes, and your baby will be exposed to a variety of sounds.

Kindermusik tips:

Your baby: In the first year, your baby is more interested in listening to the sound of you singing. So choose songs that you love, hold her close, and dance with her.
Your toddler: Simple songs that go back and forth from two notes—called the sol-mi interval—are easiest for toddlers to repeat. Songs with this interval include: “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” and “Starlight, Starbright.”
Your preschooler: Start adding more notes with songs like “Mahna, Mahna,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” the “Theme from Star Wars,” “Baa baa, Black Sheep,” “The ABC Song.”

Sunday, August 10, 2008

SUMMER FUN

When the weather is nice, don't let the kids stay inside! Get them out and moving!! One fun summer activity is blowing bubbles. You can blow them yourself or now there are bubble machines that are very affordable. (Right now they are on clearance!) Get one and have a blast in the backyard! Invite some friends and run, run, RUN!

Adults like bubbles too!

Bye, bye bubbles!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

SUMMER PIANO (?) FUN!

What a great time we had this summer in our "Summer Fun Days" activities. Sure we played the piano a little, but not entirely. We spent 3 hours exploring other aspects of music that we don't always get to do during our regular weekly lessons. It was a great time! Check out the slide show!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

From the time your child wakes up in the morning to the time she goes to bed at night, sounds surround her:  Alarm clocks, noises at child care, traffic, and the television.

The ability to focus in on one sound and distinguish it from background noise is different than simply hearing - that's why listening is truly a learned skill.  You can help your child develop the awareness for listening when you spend time with her, give pause and listen to the nuances of sound.  Developing good listening skills is vital to helping your little one learn to follow directions, learn to read, as well as to play an instrument.

Here are some Kindermusik tips:
YOUR BABY:  Sit comfortably  and hold your baby up on your knees so that you're facing each other.  Imitate her facial expressions and sounds.  Give long pauses, allowing her to notice that you're "listening".
YOUR TODDLER:  When you hear an interesting, easily repeatable sound, such as a doorbell, a knock on the door, or footsteps, ask you toddler, "What's that sound?"  Imitate the sound yourself and then ask if she can make the sound, too.
YOUR PRESCHOOLER:  PLAY A SOUND VERSION OF "I spy."  "I hear with my little ear something in the kitchen."  The guesser has to ask questions about the sound then identify the noisemaker.  Or, play "If you can hear me," game:  "If you can hear me, hop on one foot."  The sillier the actions, the more fun the game will be for your preschooler.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

More Than Child's Play

A child's play is pleasure...and so much more. Experts (and experienced moms and dads) understand the importance of play to a child's development. Play is how children learn, hone their relationship-building abilities, develop social skills, and bond with others--especially loving parents.

This is why and how Kindermusik is here to support you as a parent! Simply put, Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children, ages 0-7. You'll play, listen, and dance to music that will impact you and your child in profound ways. That's because every song, story, and two-step has a carefully chosen purpose in this creative curriculum--one that's designed to stimulate and strengthen the vital neural wiring taking place in your child's mind right now. We as Kindermusik educators, will guide you every step of the way so you know how each activity contributes to your child's overall growth and development. You can learn more about Kindermusik classes by calling and signing up for one of our many demonstration classes going on in August. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Touching Your Baby

At Kindermusik we realize how very important it is to touch our little ones. In every Kindermusik Village class we do an infant massage. Babies do learn to love this. Watch this video to see how very important this simple activity is for your baby.

http://videos.stltoday.com/p/video?id=1929133

Thursday, May 29, 2008

PEEK-A-BOO

Is there a more universal game than this for little ones? Our new summer class for the 0-18 month crowd is getting lots of practice in this time honored game. We will be doing this same class beginning again in July. Come join us or even join us again if you are doing the class currently!

Peek-a-Boo, Peek-a-Boo, Peek-a-Boo, I love you!
Peek-a-Boo, Peek-a-Boo, I love you!

Peek-a-Boo to Mommy!
Peek-a-Boo today!
Peek-a-Boo to Daddy!
Were glad you're here today!

You will be glad to be in a Peek-a-Boo class with your little one this summer. Give us a call!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

THe End of Another Year






They come so quickly! The end of another year. The passing of time. Children grow so fast and there is nothing we can do to stop it! We take pictures, we scrapbook, we try in so many ways to preserve those memories!
It has been a joy seeing your children grow and develop in this past year. To see the changes developmentally, socially, physicall and emotionally is truly rewarding. Many of you will be back for more. Others will not. I hope that we have been able to show you the many, many benefits that this Kindermusik class has brought to your child and your family. He or she will never be the same. They have been touched by the power of music!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

What Fun We Had at our Family Music Celebration!
















We had such a wonderful time yesterday at our Family Music Celebration! We did activities about transportation focusing on legato (smooth) and staccato (bumpy) as we did them. Our trains went through tunnels, in our boats we saw the stars twinkling at night (the stars were our flashlights), and then we had big wheels on our buses in the form of parachutes. Thanks to all the families who came! You were all great! We missed all of you who didn't get to join us. Maybe next time! Here are some pictures to enjoy!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

FAMILY MUSIC CELEBRATIONS


In days gone by families used to sing, dance and play instruments together. This very rarely happens any more. Society has been convinced that you must be a "professional" to make music. Because of this, we as families miss out on so much fun. Well, we are here to help you put the fun back into music. Come join us on Saturday, April 19th for a musical time with your family and many others.

Where: Fishers United Methodist Church

SE corner of 116th & Hwy 69/37

Enter by entrance #4

Go upstairs to room #273


Village (ages 0-18 months) - 9:30 a.m.


All other ages - 11:00 a.m.


You MUST be registered to attend, so please call our office at 317.867.3077 or email us at kimusik@musicalbeginnings.com

We need the names of all people who will be attending. Thanks so much and we look forward to a musical good time with you and your family!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Spring Break

Spring time is here and we are taking our Spring Break. Zionsville Presbyterian had is this week, March 31 to April 4. All of our other classes have it from April 7 to April 11. Please make a note of this. Enjoy some "down time" with you child. Going and going all the time isn't good for children. Letting a little one have some time to just be with mom and dad and let all they have been learning soak in is a good thing. So kick back and have a great Spring Break!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Kindermusik Home Materials...priceless!

Unlike most other music programs for young children, Kindermusik is designed as an everyday musical experience. That is why Kindermusik puts so much energy into creating high quality "At Home" materials that are second to none. Thoughtfully crafted sets of materials are purposefully incorporated to provide the most complete and the best possible musical learning experience available for the entire family.

Following are some helpful and practical ideas for helping to make your child's life even more musical:

  • Play your At Home CD ­ Children love repetition and the more you play the CD together, the more your child will be comfortable with the songs and activities.
  • Use your At Home CD and literature book to add music to your nightly bedtime story ritual.
  • Sing to or sing along with your child. Sing to a pet or even a stuffed animal.
  • Swing and sway to music, or dance through the water droplets of a sprinkler.
  • Record your own songs and listen to your own voices and music.
  • Vary your movements and instrument playing. Maintain a steady beat, move to a faster beat, then a slower beat.
  • Discuss the music you hear. What does it sound like? What types of instruments do you hear?
  • Sing or chant favorite tunes to help pass the time while waiting in line or while sitting in the pediatrician's office.
  • Explore musical sounds with home-made instruments, using boxes and other assorted containers, scrapers, shakers and jingles.
  • Attend community concerts and other local musical events to give your child a taste of many types of music.

Music at home is a great memory builder for your child. In years to come he will mention the things you did together at home when he was little! ...priceless!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Does Your Child Have a Laptop?

All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop. Moms, dads, grannies and grandpas, aunts, uncles - someone to hold them, read to them, teach them. Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals, and knowledge of a hundred previous generations.Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes, and their dreams.
~General Colin L. Powell - founder of America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth

What a wonderful thought! In today's society, we are so worried about our children having the latest and greatest in technology and the amenities of this world. But are we equally (or more) worried about the relationships that they are developing? Having a child on your lap to read to or sing with is something that we at Musical Beginnings support wholeheartedly! So get that laptop out just for that special child in your life. It will help him grow into an emotionally responsible adult. It will help her have the emotional skills to deal with life!

Musically, Kim