Try a music or art class at January Demo classes

Of course, you want to try a Kindermusik class with Ms. Debbie, or an art class with Ms. Carolyn, but you are worried about the cost, or whether your child will like it, or whether they will disrupt the class, or whether you will have to dance or sing.  Well, don’t worry so much, you can dance and sing when you want to, just like your child is encouraged to participate in their own way.  Your child may not be ecstatic about it the first day, but will grow to love it in just a few weeks (when they become familiar with the routine), and we can work through the cost issue (I’ve got my ways.)  But first, just come and try it out a class.

Demo Days Logo

THIRD Week of January:    17 – 21st

at InTune Studios

Enroll Online:   FREE DEMO Class Schedule 

Invite a friend: See you then !               Enroll Together and each get FREE music !

 

Demo classes reflect the programs offered by Music Connections and InTune Studios

Spring 2012 Semester

starting First week of February:            Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

leaf play

Babies: infants up to 17 months

– Kindermusik Village: Cock-a-Doodle Moo

– Kindermusik Playdates: Winter Wonderland
– Kindermusik Sign & Sing: Unit 1 (6 – 30 m)

 

Peek a boo Darcy

Toddlers: 1 1/2 – 3 1/2 yrs

– Kindermusik Our Time: Away We Go

– Art & Literacy: Pee Wee Picasso’s (InTune)

 

IT Boats

Preschoolers: 3 – 5 yrs.

– KM Imagine That: Toys I Make, Trips I Take

 

Ole'

Elementary: 5 – 7 yrs.

Kindermusik for the Young Child (5 – 7 yrs)

Art’Sing: Singing, Drama, Art (6 – 13 yrs) (InTune)

 

Family Lap bounce

Families:

Kindermusik Playdates: (one time events)

Jan: Winter Wonderland

Feb: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Mar: It’s Your Lucky Day

 

These Playdates are offered one Sat. a month, as well as a variety of times of other times.

 

Be a part of a wonderful musical experience with your family this Spring !!!

 

For any Kindermusik classes,  Enroll online   or contact Debbie Mondale.

Email  musiconnx@att.net ,  or call: 863-816-8835

 

For any InTune Studios classes,  contact Tiffany Stokes

intunestudios@gmail.com , or call  863-937-7782

I hope to see you at the studio this week.  Until then, be well.

Communicate easier with your baby with sign language

ASL for Music

Signing Music

You can see the brain wheels turning as older babies and toddlers try to communicate…  as they try to tell an older sibling or adult what they need or want.  You can also see the dazed look on the parent’s face as they try so hard to understand.  Amazingly, older siblings can be impressive interpreters.  But they are not always available.  When others don’t understand, it can become very frustrating for the child, leading to emotional meltdowns – no matter how hard the parent is trying to guess their meaning.

Baby Sign Language has been around for awhile in many different forms.   Indeed, for hearing babies and toddlers that have no developmental issues, sign language provides an option for a peaceful way to communicate their needs and wants.

Kindermusik International teamed up with Signing Smart, who put a lot of research into the best methods for parents to use to help set up positive situations in which their child WANTS to use signs to communicate.  And they established methods for helping children.  The result is Kindermusik Sign and Sing, specifically designed for children from 6 – 36 months along with a parent or significant care provider (a grandparent, aunt, or even a nanny).

THIS is different approach from other sign language programs for babies. Through songs, toys, and loving playtime between you and your child, Kindermusik Sign & Sing demonstrates the FOUR Keys to Signing Smart.  Parents learn when and how to use and encourage sign language during important parts of the child’s daily routine.

Learn when you play. Parents do not have to memorize a list of signs.  Babies are not asked to make a specific sign when a word is called out.  This system encourages using signs that reflect the typical patterns of conversation between a parent and child.  The home materials provide more than 50 signs on flashcards and on DVD (for the adult’s reference).  But parents CHOOSE a few signs to focus on that are most likely to fit into a child’s day and interests. So playtime and everyday items around the house; ball, bubbles, mom and dad become the objects of learning in the classroom, and sign language becomes a natural, happy part of a family’s day.

Children start to understand language WAY before they have the ability to use it.  And children are multi-sensory learners.  When a word is used in combination with a sign, the child is able to hear and see what the parent is trying to communicate, enabling them to understand the meaning of the word more quickly.  If a tangible object is also available, it can provide the sense of touch as well.  For example, a parent says the word “ball”, while signing the word, then hands the child a “ball”, and plays with them joyfully for a few moments (adding a positive emotional element), it stimulates MORE areas of the brain to develop a neural pathway to connect object to the word and sign.  Although a child may not yet be able SAY the word “ball” yet, they are likely to understand it, and use sign language to initiate playing with the ball.  And they are more likely to start to say the word “ball” earlier in their development.

Hearing children who know signs learn language almost twice as fast.  Check out these statistics from this Study conducted by Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert, Signing Smart program founders

Compared to developmental norms, Signing Smart children have enriched language and communication skills:

  • While the average 8 month old will have no spoken words, the average Signing Smart child will have 5 signs and 1 word.
  • While the average 12 month old will have 3-5 spoken words, the average Signing Smart child will have 25 signs and 16 words
  • At 18 months, the average child will have 10-50 spoken words. In contrast, the average Signing Smart child will have 79 signs and 105 words.
  • In addition, a majority of Signing Smart children begin combining signs and words or signs and signs together to form little sentences at 11-14 months. Compare this to non-signers, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences (e.g., “Da-da car”) until 20 months old on average!

These results indicate that ASL signs, used in combination with Signing Smart strategies, facilitate both overall communicative abilities as well as spoken language skills in hearing infants and toddlers.

Songs and fingerplays.  Parents already accustomed to fingerplays and rhyme-songs, such as “If You’re Happy” and “Old Macdonald”, begin to easily include American Sign Language (ASL) signs in familiar songs, improving your child’s language skills, fine motor skills, and strengthen fingers for zipping zippers and using scissors.  There are a few songs like this in Unit 1, but Unit 2 specializes in these activities !

There are Free Demo classes on   Oct. 3  at 5:30 pm. (Monday Evenings), or  Oct. 4 at 10:30 am. (Tuesday Mornings) at InTune Studios, 1037 S. Florida Ave. Suite 125 in Lakeland. 

Starting Oct. 10 – 11, we will be offering the full Sign & Sing: Unit 1 semester.  This is a 5 week program that offers initial training and opportunities to begin using American Sign Language with your child using the Four Keys to Signing Smart. 

In January, we are planning to offer Unit 2.  This follow-up session to the first introduces more signs using animals and toys as a learning theme, and delves into a deeper understanding of the Four Keys to Signing Smart introduced during Unit 1. With a special focus on helping children understand signs used in different contexts, the Home Materials include a children’s DVD called The Treasure Chest: Signs, Songs, and Rhymes, and features mini-music videos of children singing well-loved songs using the signs, as well as showing the printed word across the bottom of the screen—giving children multiple ways to learn the words, the sign, and the language.   It is important to complete Unit 1 before participating in Unit 2.

Please link to my website to enroll for the Demo classes

Or, to SAVE YOUR SPACE in class, Enroll now for the Sign and Sing Unit 1 Semester !

Do you use sign language with your baby?   If yes, what success have you experienced?    What would you recommend for families just starting the process?

Fall Semester Programs and Themes

YC - UkelelesMusic & Learning FALL  naturally together in Kindermusik, especially with Ms. Debbie !

Lakeland Fall Semester

starts first week of September 2011

Host:  InTune Studios in Dixieland Village at 1037 S. Florida Ave. Suite 125 

Most programs are held once a week, Monday through Thursday

Monday eve. and Tues morning classes are taught by Ms. Tiffany

All the rest are taught by Ms. Debbie.

 The following Core Curriculum classes are 45 min. for 15 weeks (except for Young Child which is 60 min.).   For an overview of how the Core Curriculum meets the needs of children at each stage from infancy up to 7 years old, please click here.

Click on the class logo for links to videos and program descriptions.  Or get class details, and enroll right away, at my website,

http://musiconnx.yourvirtuoso.com  

No classes are scheduled during school holidays, so the last 2 classes are first 2 weeks of Jan. 

Village Logo————– Babies ————

                         Infants up to 19 months   

                       Wed. 9:30     Thurs. 12:30

Do-Si-Do  (Feel the beat with the Waltz, the Tango, the Cha Cha, and more…)  (8 weeks) 

Feathers  (Celebrate the migrating birds and the Fall changes through song and dance.)      (2nd semester starts 11/4)    

Our Time

————- Toddlers ————-

                 (1 ½ – 3 ½  yrs)     

Tues.  10 30 am.  with Ms. Tiffany

Wed. 10:30  &  11:30 am.   

                                                             Thurs. 9:30  &  10:30  am.  

  Wiggles & Giggles Semester Themes: Bath time fun and water themes, self discovery & love between family and friends)            

IT Logo———— Preschoolers ———-

                           (3 – 5 yrs) 

         Wed. 1:30     Thurs. 11:30

  See What I Saw  Theme: Park play in every way:  playground, nature discovery, picnics & more !

Kindermusik for the Young Child—— Kindergarten / First Grade ——

                          (5 – 7 yrs)

             Tues. 5:15 pm  – Sem. 1

  In this 2 year music education program, students gain a strong foundation for basic music theory, instilling a passion for learning music and preparing them for success in formal music studies.  Knowledge and skill development includes read/writing rhythms and notation, ensemble development, playing 3 instruments (the glockenspiel, dulcimer, and recorder), learning the instruments of the orchestra and introduction to several composers, learning about cultural music from around the world, and so much more.  Please contact Debbie for more detailed information.

————-  Second Saturdays ———–

9:30 am.   Babies:  1 – 24 months.

10:30 am.  Families:  1 – 5 yrs (this is flexible)

Fabulous one-time events based on seasonal and child friendly themes.  Scheduled for the 2nd Sat. of every month, starting in Sept.

Sept. 10 –   Babies:  Mister Sun (sunshiny goodness)   Families:  Tub Tunes

Oct. 8 –       Annual Pumpkin Party

Nov. 12 –   Winter Wonderland

Dec. 10  –   Bake, Build, and Sing:  Gingerbread HOUSES !

Family Time Logo———— Families ———-

                    (1 – 5 yrs) 

    If interested, contact Debbie for a survey to determine the most desired time.

  Make Way for Music  Theme:  Learn about and experience music concepts through song and movement.  Listen and learn about instruments of the orchestra. 

We also may be creating some new options for families.  If one of the above  doesn’t work for your family, but you want to see something that does, PLEASE talk to me !   If there is enough interest in a particular program at a particular time, we will do our best to accomodate !

 Enrollment can be completed on my website, http://musiconnx.yourvirtuoso.com , and/or contact Debbie at musiconnx@att.net or 816-8835.  If you have questions, please leave a phone number so we can speak personally.  I’d really like to meet the needs of your family.

Pay in full for the entire semester by the first day of class, and get the chance to choose a prize out of the DRUM !   May include Free CD, Free Download Card, instruments, scarves, Discount Card for Tuition, etc.

To clarify Enrollment Discounts, Payment Plans, and my perspective on providing options for ALL families, see my Blog Page about Payments.

FEED their creative side this Summer !

 Feed their creative side !   Make ’em hungry for more.  

Children who explore their creative sides see life from many different perspectives.  These children are better able to solve problems, handle the challenges of a continually changing society, AND they are better able to look at life from the positive side.  Expand their perspective this summer ! 

 Join us for     MUSIC and ART   Summer Camps and Events 

at InTune Studios in downtown Lakeland, FL

ASL for Music

Signing Music

 Kindermusik Sign and Sing

Communicate –

         and build concepts –

     with your hearing baby 6 – 36 months. 

Object or action  + ASL Sign + Word + Fun

= language learning in surround sound

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ABC Music & Art for Families     Ages: 1 – 5 yrs + 

FAMILIES attend together,

     learning new ways to interact,

          exploring cool themes like bubbles:  

    Through music,   body movements,   prop play,   textures & art projects. 

                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

     Summer Music & Art Camp for Big Kids

     Ages 4 1/2 – 8 yrs.

     A full day, week long, journey,    

              explore 5  different countries and cultures:         

                    through traditional art

                           through songs, games & dances

                                                                                   through instruments & rhythms

                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

Art’Sing on Broadway – Week Long Summer Camp for ages 5 – 13 yrs.

Come on downtown to enjoy the highlights of Broadway,

         through the ART of the stage:  sets, costumes, make-up, and masks

                through the SOUND of the stage:  favorite Broadway songs

                         through the PERFORMANCE on the stage – Oh YEAH !

Weeklong camps offer FULL or Partial Day options, but for the full immersion experience – to see life from all perspectives – to feed their creative side, let them enjoy the FULL journey.

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There are also many One-Time Events to enjoy throughout the summer.

Kindermusik Playdates – from infants up to 5 yrs old. with Debbie Mondale

Music Workshops   &   Art Workshops – with Tiffany Stokes & Carolyn Espina

Any of the underlined links will lead you to contact information.  And here are the direct links to our websites.

Music Connections‘ Debbie Mondale (musiconnx@att.net)  is teaming up with Tiffany Stokes (intunestudios@gmail.com)  and Carolyn Espina, of InTune Studios, to provide exceptional experiences for your family this summer.   We are having so much fun just getting it ready !

If you don’t live in Lakeland, check out www.kindermusik.com for some of the most excellent summer adventures for your family.

NEW Program – Kindermusik Sign and Sing

You can see the brain wheels turning as older babies and toddlers try to communicate…  as they try to tell an older sibling or adult what they need or want.  You can also see the dazed look on the parent’s face as they try so hard to understand.  Amazingly, older siblings can be impressive interpreters.  But they are not always available.

Baby Sign Language has been around for awhile in many different forms.   Indeed for hearing babies and toddlers that have no developmental issues, providing an option for a peaceful way to communicate their needs and wants.

Kindermusik International teamed up with Signing Smart, who put a lot of research into the best methods for parents to use to help set up positive situations in which their child WANTS to use signs to communicate.  And they established methods for helping children.  The result is Kindermusik Sign and Sing, specifically designed for children from 6 – 36 months along with a parent or significant care provider (a grandparent, aunt, or even a nanny).

At InTune Studios, we are now offering the Sign and Sing program, which is offered on Tuesday mornings at 11:30 am.,  directly following a 10:30 Kindermusik Our Time class, both taught by Tiffany Stokes – the director of InTune Studios, a licensed Kindermusik Educator, and a sister to a sibling with hearing impairments.  

 This is a research-proven program based on methods shown to speed language development in hearing children, ease frustration, and enhance long-term learning abilities.

To attend a Free Demo Class, contact Debbie:  musiconnx@att.net  or check out the schedules for the Free Demo and the full semester on the Music Connections Website .

 The following video features our fellow Kindermusik educator in Orlando, Holly Lesnick, and the families in her Sign and Sing program.
 
 
Session A – Beginner
45 minute class with caregiver (mom, dad, grandparent, nanny, etc.)
This class combines songs and playful interaction to help children learn American Sign Language. The five-session class gives parents the tools to learn more than 50 American Sign Language Signs for children ages 6 months to 3 years.
 
 
Do you fit into one of these categories?  Or do you have a whole different situation?  Please share.  I’d love to know more about how families communicate.
 

 

SS materialsAt Home Materials include:
  •  one Family Activity Guide – providing plenty of ideas for activities for parents and children to learn and play with at home
    • one DVD glossary showing 60 signs – WATCH the signs being made by adults & children
    • one set of clip-on flashcards that feature both children and adults using family-friendly American Sign Language signs.

    SESSION B (Advanced)

    This session reviews the first three Keys to Signing Smart Success and provides an in-depth look at the final and fourth Key. New concepts such as in and out, up and down, big and little, tall and short will be explored with more songs and animal-themed activities.

     At Home Materials are included with both classes.

    Find out more on: Sign and Sing – Some Questions Answered :  Holly Lesnick does an excellent job of answering the questions:  Will using sign language delay the speech of normally speaking children?  Or will it enhance their language development?

    Here is a bit of research on the particular program we offer (Sign and Sing) which was developed by Signing Smart:  Compared to developmental norms, Signing Smart children have enriched language and communication skills:
    • While the average 8 month old will have no spoken words, the average Signing Smart child will have 5 signs and 1 word.
    • While the average 12 month old will have 3-5 spoken words, the average Signing Smart child will have 25 signs and 16 words
    • At 18 months, the average child will have 10-50 spoken words. In contrast, the average Signing Smart child will have 79 signs and 105 words.
    • In addition, a majority of Signing Smart children begin combining signs and words or signs and signs together to form little sentences at 11-14 months. Compare this to non-signers, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences (e.g., “Da-da car”) until 20 months old on average!

    These results indicate that ASL signs, used in combination with Signing Smart strategies, facilitate both overall communicative abilities as well as spoken language skills in hearing infants and toddlers.

How do you to communicate with your child?   Do you easily understand what your growing child wants and needs through listening to his sounds and watching his actions?  If so, congratulations, you are a very observant parent, who listens to their child without the need for words or ASL signs.  I KNOW parents like this.  I also KNOW parents who are challenged to understand the garble that their child is so intently trying to share.  AND, those who deal with major tantrums because their child is frustrated with his or her inability to communicate.

2011 Winter Calendar for Families

2011 Jan / Feb   Important Dates for Families 

  For more details on Kindermusik Events,

Check the Music Connections Website

 

Saturday, Jan. 8  – Saturday Family Events    (1-7 yrs. old)

9:30 – NEW Family Time Semester – Each 2nd Sat. for 5 months 

                      “Here, There, & Everywhere”  

 

10:45 –  Family Event:  1x only for new families                  

                       “Kitchen Commotion”

             

  

Jan. 7 – 16    Annual Buffalo Pow Wow  @ Auburndale Marketworld  

                      Native American music, dancing, art, etc.

                     (Ms. Debbie says “This is a MUST SEE local event !”)

                   

  

———— Free Demo Days at InTune Studios ——– 

Jan. 18 – 19   Art and Literacy  –  Demo Class   “Snow Daze”

                                    with Carolyn Espina     Call: 937-7782

Tues.       9:30 am – Little Van Goghs  (1 – 3 yrs)

 Wed.       2:30 pm – PeeWee Picassos (3 – 5 yrs)

 

Jan. 18    Baby Sign Language – Demo class

                                    with Tiffany Stokes    Call: 937-7782

Tues.      11:00 am.  Kindermusik Sign & Sing   (6 – 36 months)

 

Jan. 19 – 20       Kindermusik Demo Classes

                                    with Debbie Mondale     Call: 816-8835

 Wed .     9:30 am.  Village    (infants to 18 mths)

                  11:30 am   Our Time  (1 1/2 – 3 1/2 yrs)

                   1:30 pm   Imagine That  (3 – 5 yrs)

 

Thurs.   11:30 am  Imagine That (3 – 5 yrs)

                   12:30 pm  Village (infants to 18 mths) 

 

If your child seems ready, try out the next level program,

OR, bring a FRIEND to share free class.

 Register for the Demo class on my website.

 

Jan. 20  –  Group Vocal Class Demo

                                     with Tiffany Stokes    Call: 937-7782

Thurs. 4:30 pm.   Young Voices    (5 – 12 yrs)

 

 

————– Kindermusik Spring Semester ————–

 

  

Feb. 5-6     SPRING Kindermusik Semester Starts

                                   Enroll & pay early to save your place !!!

                                   Some classes already FULL !  See Website.

                                   Or contact Debbie:  musiconnx@att.net  

                      

Feb. 6        ISO “Cookie Concert”    early afternoon     

                                     @ Youkey Theatre – Lakeland Center

                      (Ms. Debbie says “This is a MUST SEE local event !”)

 

If you know of other events you believe should be on this calendar, please let me know.  Thanks !

Recognizing baby’s sign language; watching them grow

“Mommy?  Did you just say Mommy?  Your thumb touched your chin just like this.  You said Mommy with your hands!  Oh, yes, I will give you LOTS of love for saying Mommy.” 

My son was 14 months old before he actually said “Mommy”.  That was an excrutiating wait for me.  But he did say it for the first time on my birthday (how do babies do that?)   If I could change any one thing about parenting my first child, it would have been to use sign language more effectively when he was a baby.

This last week in our Kindermusik Sign and Sing class, we focused on recognizing and responding to our child’s version of a sign.  Of course, as adults, we use the American Sign Language version as we speak the word in our communication efforts with our baby.  But it can be quite difficult to recognize a baby’s “version” of the sign.   Research has shown that a child starts signing sooner when the parents respond to baby’s hand movements that are CLOSE to any ASPECT of making the sign that relates to something which is engaging them.  We chatted about those aspects in class.  Even if the child is not intending on making the sign, if the parent acts with enthusiasm and verbalizes a “probable” word while making the ASL sign, it STARTS to make the connection in the child’s mind.

I thought it would be fun to show you a progression of a child’s versions of signs as they grow.  This remarkable girl, Firese, and her remarkable mother have shown that a child’s vocabulary, speech, and concept development are ALL enhanced through using sign language. 

This first video is when Firese is 11 months old.  At the end, Mom tells the story of the first time she realized that her daughter really communicated with a sign.  You can see how proud she is!

Firese is now 1 year old, and has an amazing vocabulary, both verbal AND signs.

Firese is 18 months old and is trying to teach another baby how to sign.  So cute!

At 2 years old, she is spelling, quizzing mom, and signing songs!

At 2 1/2 years old, Firese is demonstrating her ability to sign the alphabet.

Laura Berg has developed the SmartHands methods, and there are now classes all over Canada.  She has several teaching videos than can be downloaded from http://www.mindbites.com/person/84-MySmartHands .  For each video, you can see a 60 second preview.  Laura Berg has also started a Facebook page for parents to share and discuss their experiences in signing with their babies.  There are several videos of different babies signing.  

These videos ARE fascinating, and really show the progression of a child’s version of signs.  What I would really like to find is a video of a parent and child commuicating during an activity they are both enjoying, rather than seeing a “list” of signs being performed.  If you know of one, please share it with me.