Saturday, December 5, 2009

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

This is something I look forward to every year! We have such a great staff of teachers and I really enjoy them as women, not just because of the wonderful job they do teaching your children. We have been going to LePeep in Carmel for at least the past 8 years. Every first Saturday in December you will find us there! It is a great time for us to just relax and enjoy each others company! We catch up on what is going on in everyone's family and then share funny stories from our classes.

Your children are very blessed to have these ladies be a part of their lives. They are all wonderful, loving, caring moms. Wives who are committed to their families and in turn, they are committed to your families. They give your child the best early childhood music education through Kindermusik! What a great beginning!

We missed Holly, Jennifer & Mindy at our breakfast, but know they were having a great time with their families today. So why don't we all take some time today to enjoy those around you, especially your family!

written by Kim who is ready to go spend some time with some great friends!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I WAS IN THE CIRCLE


As the director of Musical Beginnings and the teacher of 8 classes this semester, I am on the floor and singing and dancing with many of you every week. Last week I had the privilege of being in the circle as a caregiver in 2 different classes. My daughter's babysitter fell through and she asked me to keep my granddaughter, Taylor, for the morning. I had already planned to go be with an Our Time class both mornings. Taylor is 2 1/2 years old (perfect OT age), so I decided to take her and go participate in the class instead of just observing.

Since my "baby" was 11 when I began Musical Beginnings, I have never really had the pleasure of being a Kindermusik Mom. So when I get this privilege every once in a while, I really treasure it.

The first thing I noticed is that I didn't really notice what the other children in the class were doing as much as what Taylor was doing. My focus was so much more on her. I didn't see the misbehaving of other, but I really notice EXACTLY what "my child" was doing. It was a little frustrating that she wasn't participating as much as I would have liked her to. She was an "observer" for the first half of the class. In the middle of the class she felt she needed to share information that had nothing to do with the class. (She apparently had money in her pocket and decided to tell everyone!) Toward the end of the class she became a little more rambunctious than I would have liked her to be. I was afraid another little one might get hurt.

All of these different feelings were very interesting to me. Many times I get calls from parents who are concerned about one or more of these reactions from their own child. All of these situations are very normal for a child in a Kindermusik class. Probably the most interesting thing that I noticed was that other children in the room were having some of the same reactions to the class, and I DIDN'T NOTICE! Most of the time, moms or other caregivers don't notice what the other child is doing nearly as much as the parent does. We often worry unnecissarily about what OUR child is doing when no one else is noticing!

So relax! Have fun with your child! Cherish the "floor time" that you have with your little one! And above all, know that what you are doing is having a profound affect on your child's development. You are giving him or her a gift that will last a life time!

Friday, October 16, 2009

FAMILY MUSIC CELEBRATION

Come join us on Saturday, October 17th at Castleton Square Mall for a fun time of music & movement for the entire family! We will be there from noon until 2:00 p.m. There will be a special time of music for the little ones ages 3 months to 18 months. We will also have a craft area where you can help your child make a shaker instrument. Bring the entire family! It's going to be cold outside so you will want to be inside with us. We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Movement is the Key to Learning

by Anne Green Gilbert

Movement is the key to learning. I first became aware of this as a third-grade student in elementary school. My kinesthetic intelligence flourished in a classroom-where movement was central to my teacher's curriculum. I remember a sort of paradise where everyone liked school that year, we all got along, and the knowledge imparted is still in my memory bank forty years later.

Movement is the key to learning. Oddly enough, it was when I became a third-grade teacher myself fifteen years later that I remembered this concept and used movement and dance to save myself from drowning in a classroom so heterogeneous I felt I was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Spelling words by forming the letters with bodies, forming punctuation marks and expressing the feeling of sentences through movement, learning multiplication by moving in sets of threes and fours, discovering the difference between lunar and solar eclipses through planet dances, and choreographing our way across the Oregon Trail somehow made everyone equal. The gifted children discovered a new and exciting way to learn, the slower learners quickly became actively engaged and successful, the non-English speaking students could finally understand the curriculum through our new nonverbal approach. Instead of dreading the long school day, we eagerly awaited our next movement experience. Attendance went way up; test scores rose substantially: there was laughter; racial tension dissipated. We became a homogeneous company of classmates dancing our way through the third-grade curriculum.

Movement is the key to learning. I so firmly believe this concept that I decided to do a research project to prove it. Of course many renowned educators and scientists had noted the educational benefits of movement for years. The names of Jean Piaget, Rudolph Laban, and Marian Diamond come to mind. Five years after my own experience as a third-grade teacher in Illinois, I was training teachers at the University of Washington and received a federally funded grant to conduct research in the Seattle Public Schools. During the 1977 school year, 250 students from four elementary schools studied language arts concepts through movement and dance activities for twenty weeks. The third grade students involved in the study increased their MAT scores by 13 percent from fall to spring, while the district wide average showed a decrease of 2 percent! The primary grade project students also showed a great improvement in test scores. Most significant was the direct relationship the research showed between the amount of movement the classroom teacher used and the percentage increase of students' test scores.

Movement is the key to learning. Forty years after my own third-grade experience, I am still using movement and dance to teach people of all ages, and every single day I see some little miracle happen. Students cannot sit still for very long before the blood and oxygen flow to their brains significantly slows down, thereby slowing down the learning process. Bringing dance into your classroom will not only increase learning, but will make your classroom a healthier, happier place to learn and teach.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Kindermusik on Wednesdays

Here is a slide show of some of our Wednesday classes that meet in Zionsville & Fishers. You will see kids from Our Time and Imagine That classes. Watch the fun they are having!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ABC MUSIC & ME CLASSES

Did you know we offer Kindermusik classes at daycares and child development centers? Kindermusik has been doing this for over 2 years now and we love the program we offer! Life is busy. And many times with 2 full-time working parents (outside the home), there just isn't enough time to do the many things that we want to with our children. We want to be able to give our children the very best. Kindermusik is here to help! We can bring our classes right into your child's daycare! Following is a slideshow of some classes we did just last week. We would love to speak with your daycare provider about bringing our program into their facility to bring music & movement to YOUR child!

Monday, September 7, 2009






We Fight H1N1 Pro-active Changes Are Critical to Help Protect Your Child’s Health

Kindermusik and Musical Beginnings take your child’s health very seriously. That’s why we
are pro-actively taking preventative measures to help keep H1N1 out of our classrooms!

Lessons have been re-written to avoid activities where children are in close contact
• Instead, we encourage dances and activities among same-family members.

We do rigorous instrument and classroom cleaning
• We have hand sanitizers* available for grown-ups to safely apply to children’s hands.
• We use recommended cleaners* for my instruments after each usage.
*We follow the Center for Disease Control and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommendations for hand sanitizers and cleaners.

New in-home lesson options will be available online
• If you miss a class but want to continue the learning and enjoyment of Kindermusik, We can show you where you can access lesson-related videos and activities online.

Ask about our generous make-up class opportunities
• If your child is sick, especially with a fever and/or flu-like symptoms, we recommend they
stay at home.
• We have a variety of ways you can make up a missed class so you get your true value of your
Kindermusik semester.

Remember that Kindermusik cares!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

SUMMER FUN




What fun we are having this summer in our classes. The "Zoo Train" has gone around and around and around the zoo and we have been "Splashing" with our friends. Our babies have even been having very "Busy Days"!

But summer is not over! We have so much more to do!!! Join us in July while we are "Silly All Over". Or maybe you would prefer to do a "Carnival of Music". Whatever you pick it is sure to be a hit! Summer is for fun and different things, and our summer classes give you just that!

Call or go on line to register. July classes begin Monday, July 6th. And remember, we have to have time to get those wonderful Kindermusik home materials ordered for you. That is one thing that stays the same. You will get wonderful materials to use at home. We want you singing, dancing and playing instruments all week long!

We hope to see you in a class real soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WHAT NOW?

You have a new little one? Not sure what to do now? We are here to help! Come join us in a Kindermusik Village class. Our expert Kindermusik educators will help you with ideas on what you can do with your baby to help him develop to his fullest potential. Learn songs and dances to liven up your days. Make friends with other parents who are beginning to traverse the road of parenthood like you are. We promise to help you along the way!

In class we will tell you how what we are doing will help your little one grow and flourish. The home materials you receive will be so helpful in bringing home what we do in class. You receive both books and CDs for your use at home.

Call today to get a spot in one of our classes. 317-867-3077

Posted by Kim who loves singing and playing with the little babies...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Singing with Your Baby!

When you are with your child in class or return for Family Sharing Time, you’ve probably noticed how much fun it is to sing with your child. Some people get a little intimidated. They think, “I’ve never had any vocal training.” But whether you have been singing in a choir for years or have never even attempted Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, your voice is the most important voice to your child. You are their sense of security and they love you for that. So don’t be afraid to sing! Your child will love it!

The benefits from singing are numerous: it exercises your lungs and the muscles around them and can help with circulation and blood flow. Singing strengthens your facial muscles. And, studies have shown that singing can help reduce anger, depression, and anxiety by releasing
endorphins.

Singing to a child is a priceless gift that can:
• soothe fears and reduce irritability;
• enhance child’s grasp of language and sense of beauty;
• remind a child that she/he is cherished;
• enhance communication and intimacy.

Singing to and with your child provides security, warmth, and comfort. So go ahead. Put on your favorite CD in the car and sing away. Sing in the rain, the shower, and the house…just sing whenever and wherever you are as often as possible!

By Kim who has always loved to sing!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

SUNSHINE AND WARMER WEATHER...MAKE IT FAMILY TIME


I knew it wouldn't last forever! I mean the snow and cold weather. I also realize that this little break from the harshness of winter isn't here to stay. It is only February! So we need to enjoy it while it is here.

With a little break in the weather it's a great time to get out of the house. Our Family Time classes begin this week and we are really looking forward to getting them started! Family Time offers your whole family a chance to enjoy music together. The younger children learn from the older ones and the older kids get to be the "leaders" in the class. The dynamics of a Family Time class are so much fun!

This semester we are offering 3 Family Time classes:

Wednesdays - 5:45 p.m. at Zionsville Presbyterian Church
Thursdays - 9:15 a.m. at Northview Christian Life Church in Carmel
Thursdays - 6:45 p.m. at Fishers United Methodist Church

So call today or go on line to catch this 10-weeks of musical fun and development for your family!

Posted by Mrs. Kim who is so thankful for sunshine and warmer weather!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SO MUCH SNOW

I can't believe all the snow that we have now! I hope that you and your children got to play in it some today!

I am constantly watching the weather forecasts and school closings so that I know what we are doing. Currently (midnight), Washington Township schools in Marion County are closed for Thursday. This means we will not have classes at our Epworth United Methodist Church location. I'm so sorry!

Carmel currently just has a 2-hour delay, so we will have classes at Northview Christian Life Church as scheduled.

Check your school closings in the morning for the up to date news. Stay warm!

Posted by Mrs. Kim who is up way too late!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NOT OFF TO A GOOD START

Good Morning, Kindermusik families! Our new semester is NOT off to a good start. (Apologises to those of you who like snow.) Our new classes today were supposed to begin in Zionsville and Fishers. Because of the snow, schools are cancelled in Zionsville and Hamilton Southeastern school districts were these classes were to be held. Therefore, we will NOT begin our semester today.

If you have further questions, our policy is outlined on our web site, on your confirmation email and on our blog listing from December 7, 2008.

We will get you all started next week, February 4th.

Posted by Kim, who is snowed in with her husband and 2 of her grandkids....not all bad!

Monday, January 19, 2009

NO SINGING?


A week without Kindermusik classes....I must say it is very different and it is just Monday! I will say that there are things that I enjoy about the administration of a business. I like working on my computer. I like talking to moms (mostly, but with a few dads) and sharing with them about the benefits that a Kindermusik class will bring to their child's development and how it can change their child's life. I love organizing. (However, you would never know it by the way my office looks right now...it has actually run over into the dining room!) I love working with the great group of educators that I have and helping to guide them.

Now for what I miss. I miss the SINGING! I love to sing and there is something missing from my life when I'm not singing. I love the looks of excitement on the little faces when they come in the room and are so ready for class. I love watching little ones explore instruments and am always amazed that they can still come up with something that I haven't seen before! I love watching the interaction between a child and his mom (OK...sometimes a dad, grandparent or nanny). The look of love that passes between them. I love the excitement of a little one who just can't help but let out a squeal! I love seeing the eyes of a shy child as she sneaks a peak at me. Wanting to make that connection, but still not really sure yet.

Children are fascinating and full of wonder.

I will enjoy spending this week working in my office. Answering phone call, sending emails, preparing for the next semester, working on curriculum, organizing the new home materials. But I will be so ready next week to begin our classes again and get to spend time with little ones and their caregivers. Helping to guide them through a class to get the most they can out of a Kindermusik class.

It is full of wonder, imagination, excitement and love. I hope you will be there with us!

Posted by Kim who is really missing her little ones!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

COLD WEATHER CREATIVITY


The forecast this week is warmer, but face it; it's still winter! When the weather outside is frightful, inside playtime can be delightful! Here are some ways to use your furniture and the space in the garage.

1. Cushion Mountain - Pile couch cushions and pillows in the middle of the living room and climb the mountain.

2. Pillow Path - Arrange pillows or cushions in a path spaced a bit apart. Jump from pillow to pillow. How else can you move your body down the path? Towels also make excellent paths.

3. Chair train/bus – line up a column of kitchen and/or dining room chairs. Your child “drives” and dolls and stuffed animals are the passengers. Don’t forget the road trip tunes from your favorite Kindermusik CD.

4. Table Hideout – Remove all of the chairs from around the table. Drape a large bed sheet over the table creating walls. Play “peek-a-boo” with the sheet, crawl in and out, and/or have your child set up toys, pillows, and books to personalize their hideout. Homemade tents are so much fun!

5. Garage Gym – Move the cars out of the garage and use the space for riding, running, dancing, and more. Roll, bounce, and toss balls onto targets. They don’t need to be fancy, just tape a piece of paper to the wall. Make a “Tricky Trail” on the floor with masking tape. Walk the trail, run the trail, leap, skip, jump, and gallop down the trail.

(Masking tape trails work in other rooms too. They’re great roads for all those little cars and trains.) Turn the garage into an imaginary park, train station, or whatever you imagination dreams up. Bring a CD player out to the garage so you can move to the music.

So use your imagination! A little "mess" in the house is so worth the fun and memories your child will have. Let us know what you come up with!

Posted by Kim who hates cold weather and has really cold toes!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Discovering more than Music at Clarksville’s Kindermusik class.

I found this article and just love the mom's approach. Many mothers think that if their child doesn't do everything in a Kindermusik class the way it is "supposed to be" that the child won't learn in class. That is so not true! Check out this article.

This morning Elle-Girl and I attended an event held in an upstairs practice room at the incredibly renovated new Mary’s Music Store downtown. The event was a preview Kindermusik class taught by Tiffany Hilliker. Kindermusik is a free form way of teaching children music by positive parent interaction and helping form a well rounded child. The class starts out with a happy hello song where you bounce your young child in your lap while singing “Hello” to the other children. The class then continues to teach predictable routine practices and interactive song and dance opportunities. The children get to experience different musical instruments and play with bright colorful streamers. The classes are completely child centered, however I must admit, the parent has a really good time as well.

As a mother of a busy toddler I thought that Elle-Girl would really get into this class. She always dances whenever music is on, she enjoys throwing mommy’s scarves up in the air and running through them, and loves singing silly songs and playing the drums on pots and pans.

However, the morning did not play out how I had imagined it. Elle-Girl did not want to sit in my lap during the “Hello” song, nor did she feel like sharing the plush puppy dog during the Sharing song. Sharing is really not a typical thing for children this age to do anyway, but some how the other toddlers in the group were than happy to pass the dog around. At one point a small duck was pulled out of Mrs. Hilliker’s box of plush animals and the usually reserved little Elle-Girl, who I swear to you has NEVER taken another toy from a child promptly stood, plush puppy dog still in hand, and took the duck from her “sharing buddy” Hayden. I didn’t feel it was necessary to try to explain Elle-Girl’s long time passion for things that go “Quack” I just quickly tried to resolve the situation.

After a cool down period with a quiet little Japanese Lullaby song, in which Elle-Girl stood looking at all the other children laying down as if to say “If you think I’m laying down for a nap at 10 in the morning, you’re crazy!” ,we all gathered together to hold hands and dance in a circle. Guess who was standing outside of the circle? Elle-Girl.

Tiffany instructed me to go ahead and join the circle, and perhaps when Elle-girl sees how much fun I’m having she will want to join. With a doubtful smile I joined in with the other mothers and their children and danced and skipped in a circle. While we were heading around and around I happen to notice what my child was doing, she was dancing along with us, but in her own circle. Even going in the direction we were going and stopping and doing the all the motions with us. I wanted her to join me, I wanted her to be like everyone else. Just then the mother beside me said something that I think will stay with me for a long time, she commented on how she was her own circle, and “what would the world be like if we didn’t have women like Oprah, or Hillary Clinton, that moved to their own circle?” you could also add women like Rosa Parks, Barbara Walters, Amelia Earhart, or my favorite Annie Lebowitz. At that moment, I found joy in my little independent girl, who has her own ideas and enjoys other children, but does not feel like she has to do what they are doing. I hope she always feels free to dance in her own circle.

I would encourage any parent to give Kindermusik a try. You never know what your child will discover there, or what you may discover about your child!

About Beth Britton

Beth Britton, Domestic Engineer (aka stay at home wife/mother) blogger, photographer, lover of antiques and the smell of an old quilt fresh off the line. After venturing into the Social Work field at APSU she quickly realized her 'gifting' was working with children, and became certified in Early Childhood Education. Beth can be found outside on nature walks with her daughter, on her front porch having coffee and talking of nothing with her 'Love', or in her church nursery wiping noses and rocking babies. She is ever striving toward a simpler life.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WHEN DO WE CANCEL?

Well, it has finally arrived! The first measurable snowfall of this year. Please remember the following when determining if you have class or not:
  1. If school is cancelled in the distric WHERE YOUR KINDERMUSIK CLASS IS HELD, then you do not have class.
  2. If there is a 2-hour delay, we will go ahead and have class as scheduled.
This is our last week of classes for the Fall 2008 semester. We would hate it if you missed class, but please use common sense when deciding whether or not to attend class.

Above all...KEEP WARM! And sing whether you go to class or not!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

FAMILY MUSIC CELEBRATION





The first Saturday of this year we took some time to gather as families and enjoy some time together. This was for our kids 1 1/2 year and older. We first did our craft which was a snowman suncatcher. Very pretty! Thanks to Mrs. Holly for putting this together for our little hands. Here (picture #4) you see Dad and Ali putting theirs together!

We then had a great time singing, dancing and playing instruments! All of our songs and activities had a weather theme concentrating on snow. The pictures show us using our bells, parachute and streamers. It was really a good time.

We then had milk & cookies because that is the name of the unit that the Our Time kids are doing. They were yummy!

This Family Music Celebration was especially fun because of all the grandparents who were in attendance. It is so much fun to do these things with the whole family there! We hope that you can be at the next one!