We Love Kindermusik Slide Show

Some of my favorite pictures from the Fall 2011 semester was used to make this slide show that shows the LOVE in these Kindermusik classes.  It made me cry when I saw and heard it all put together with the music.  I hope you love it as well.

 

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“Share the Love” and get a chance to win a prize

People around the world are sharing their love !   “We LOVE Kindermusik Week” is being celebrated around the world.   Here at InTune Studios, we are extending the love to include our music and art lessons… and our students ! 

We LOVE YOU because YOU allow us to see music and art blossom in the hearts and minds of your children.  It is why we do what we do.  

We invite you to share in this celebration of love for Kindermusik, music, and art !   Every week, many families share with us why they love our programs, and we just want to share these wonderful stories with everyone !

Check out “Kids and Parents Love Kindermusik because…” or this We Love Kindermusik Video

SHARE the LOVE you have for Kindermusik, Music, and/or Art at InTune Studios, through your comments, stories, art work, and/or pictures of your adorable musical child and family.

Each time you do, Feb. 3 – 18th, you will be entered to win one of the prizes we are offering:

EACH of the following gets you a separate entry in this Share the Love give-a-way:

  • LIKE our Facebookpage, and Post your comments, and/or pictures of your adorable musical or artistic children:
    • Music Connections Like us on Facebook
    • InTune Studios Like us on Facebook
    • Lakeland Kids Art & Violin Like us on Facebook
  • Add your comments and/or pictures to the comment section of THIS BLOG POST !
  • Email your comments and/or pictures to musiconnx@att.net .
  • Add your comments on our ALL-Inclusive Form, as you register for a Share the Love Event.  For more details about our Kindermusik Playdates, InTune Studios FREE PLAY, or the Friday Night Music and Art Kids Night Out, see the newsletter
  • Decorate your vehicle with one of our We LOVE Kindermusik window clings and show Ms. Debbie (take a picture and send it to me via text, email, post on my FB page, or drag me out to look at it !)  Everyone participating in any Kindermusik class last week or this week will get a free We Love Kindermusik window cling.  You just have to clean a small space on your car and apply it !
  • Decorate your “We Love Kindermusik” Coloring Page (given in class) and bring it to class so I can hang it up on my wall!
  • Join us during the Studio FREE PLAY and:
    • make a video of your family as you share your family’s thoughts, story, or a favorite song.
    • Create some Wall Art for our Studio sharing why you love music and/or art at our studio

Prizes to be awarded during EACH of the FREE PLAY events – to be chosen from all entries that are NOT online: 

  • 2 Kindermusik Ball Prizes – choose Gertie Ball or Village Chime Ball
  • 2 Art Sets including paints and brushes, etc.
  • 2 Best of Kindermusik CDs (or may choose play.kindermusik.com download of 10 songs)
  • ONE Special Do-Re-Me & You Music Set – (choice of 3 options shown at the studio)

Prizes to be Awarded on Feb. 19th to be chosen from all online entries: 

  • 3 FREE FAMILY PASSES that can be used for ANY:
  •        –   Kindermusik Playdate, including materials  (offered monthly)
  •        –   InTune Studios Music and Art Kids Night Out  (offered monthly)
  •        –   InTune Studios MUSIC or ART Workshop  (part of summer schedule)
  • $40 Gift Certificate for Tuition for any Kindermusik program, including Summer Camps

So… now is a great time to make your first entry.  Comment on this blog post to share your thoughts and/or post a picture of your musical family.

The Old Woman in a Shoe gets a Mommy Makeover

There Was an Old WomanA nice short sweet note for you for Mother’s Day. 

Enjoy this loving revision of  There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (by Becky Bailey) with your child.  

Look directly into your child’s eyes, use your most expressive voice with your young child as they sit on your lap, or lay in bed.  Lovingly, hold their hand and enjoy this finger play.

A wonderful woman who lived in a shoe,   (place your child’s hand between your two hands)
She had so many children she knew exactly what to do.  (with one hand wiggle each finger individually on the child’s hand)
She held them. She rocked them, and tucked them in bed.  (hold & rock the hand, bring to your chest)
“I love you, I love you” is what she said.       (speak directly to the child, then snuggle)

You may even hold the hand against the heart and ask the child if they can feel the heart beat.  Then have them feel their own.  A child’s heartbeat is a little faster than an adult’s, can they tell the difference?    If you HUM a familiar lullaby right now, the child can feel the vibration in your chest.

This quiet activity allows the child to be bathed in a full sensory experience: they HEAR these sweet words, they SEE your adoring eyes, they FEEL your sensitive touch on their hands, they hear and feel the deep underlying rhythms of the poem, and of the heart, and deep in their heart, their EMOTIONS absorb the love.  In their brain, natural chemicals are released that allow the stress of the day to melt away, and different chemicals set the stage for new connections, strong connections of language, of love, and of the comfort of a safe place to be.

“Again… Again, mommy?”  Say yes.  Repetition makes the connections stronger.  Strong enough to make them feel comfortable even in a strange place when you recite the rhyme.  With enough repetition, the child may, at some point, replay the scenario in their minds, even when you are not there, to help them reach that sense of calm when they need it most.

A mother’s love extends far beyond their physical being.  It extends into the heart – forever.

***  For more such rhymes and loving rituals with your child, please order the book (and maybe even the CDs) called “I Love You Rituals” by Becky Bailey.  I LOVE her perspective… so will you.

PS.  Of course, Kindermusik is FULL of these types of magical musical moments, which you learn in class, with other loving parents, and build your “musical and literary” mommy library, so you can use them in your daily routines with your family.  Repetition is good for the child, but the mommy brain LOVES new material to work with. 

Check out a Kindermusik program near you.

Wow!  While looking around, I found an amazing website based on this rhyme.  New verses, coloring pages, games, even recipies.  Ha !  What fun !  When you get a chance, check out Alphabet Soup.    Then you can submit your own fun ideas !

PLEASE share the song or rhyme that you use with your child to connect, calm, and thrive.

To my children – Because You Loved Me

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.  The words to this song by Celine Dion really make me think of my family, my children, and the families I have come to know and love through Kindermusik.  The lyrics are included in this video, and it provided me with a chance to think about all of those whose love have made such a difference in my life.   It is truly a treasure to my heart when a young child approaches me in Kindermusik to give me a hug, or is so excited to see me when they arrive, or to hear stories from the parents of what a wonderful influence Kindermusik makes in their everyday lives.  Thank you for the love, and the joy!