Drum Circles are fun…

February 27, 2007 at 11:48 pm | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Children's Music, Drums, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Drum Circles have been a subject of conversation in Kindermusik classes recently with all the drum playing we have enjoyed in Family Time, Village and Our Time classes. I enjoyed a drum circle a couple of years ago hosted by our local Kindermusik Educators group and facilitated by the Raleigh Drum Circle. The information to attend the public drum circle events is the 3rd Monday of every month from 7pm -9pm at Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh, NC. Admission is $3.00 per person. You may bring your own drum or they have some drums and other percussion instruments for borrowing. Here is a clip of the Asheville Drum Circle to give you an idea…

The Elephant Song … or is it? Our Time Families will especially like this.

February 25, 2007 at 4:36 am | Posted in and more!, Animals, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Our Time, Singing | 1 Comment

Thank you Merri for this great youtube link!

 Have fun with this one! Miss Julie

The Sound of Music is one of my favorite Musicals!

February 20, 2007 at 10:10 pm | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Parenting, Ramblings, Singing | 1 Comment

When you give your child musical experiences just imagine what that might turn into… Watch this video of the latest performance of the cast of London’s Palladium production of The Sound of Music singing Do a Dear…

Dad’s and Mom’s read this! What Do You Do All Day?

February 19, 2007 at 12:17 am | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Parenting, Ramblings | Leave a comment

I am spending Sunday afternoon catching up at the studio…my house is empty as my husband had to make a Sunday trip to the office, my younger daughter is over at a friends house and has a meeting at church mid afternoon so this was a good time to tend to business. I often think of things I would like to share with parents that class time doesn’t seem to be the place…so our blog is a good place to share. The following tale is food for thought! 

 What Do You Do All Day?

…A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door.

As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What Happened here today?” She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?” “Yes,” was his incredulous reply.  She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”…

This is not to say your situation is like this! I just wanted to share that perception is not always reality! Have a Happy Sunday afternoon!  Miss Julie

Did you know I sell Do-Re-Me & You musical products?

February 18, 2007 at 12:24 am | Posted in and more!, Babies, Blogroll, books, CD's, Children's Music, Drums, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Ramblings | Leave a comment

check out this video to understand the importance I find in making musical products available to you! To order link to www.drmy.net/kmclayton and go shopping! 

Young Child Families in particular let your child watch this Animusic Video.

February 16, 2007 at 5:35 am | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Drums, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Parenting | Leave a comment

Pipe Dreams is a work of art in animation and something that I find so fascinating. Take the time to watch this video. It is a creative and imaginative use of animation and music!

Saying “No” to your child … Read on…

February 14, 2007 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Parenting | Leave a comment

As I peruse other Educator blogs I sometimes find things that I think you would like to know. This entry was from Educator Merri Williams blog.

Emily was putting pink frosting on the newly baked cake. Sitting up at the kitchen counter, she had a table knife in her hand with a large glob of that frosting on it. Her eyes were twinkling and that glob of frosting was getting really close to her mouth. So guess what Dad yelled!!!

“Don’t put the knife in your mouth!”

Guess what Emily did.

It was such a natural, impulsive response. And that frosting tasted so good! It was almost like she was doing exactly what Dad told her NOT to do. The natural reaction of the adult is to think the child is purposely disobeying. But it might not be exactly like that.

Think about it this way

When Emily was admiring that pink frosting. . ..what was she paying attention to? The frosting? Was she paying attention to Dad when he started to talk? I don’t think so.So by the time Emily realized that Dad was talking and shifted her attention to him, what did she hear?

Maybe the end of the sentence? I am not sure, but it is a possibility.

And here is another question

How would Emily have responded if Dad told her, “Put the knife down.”

Telling her what TO do may produce a very different result than telling her what NOT to do.

So there are really two issues here. . .

Get the child’s attention before communicating to her

A lot of communication to children occurs when they are doing something else. If they are paying attention to whatever they are doing, they may not shift their attention to the speaker.

Tell the child what TO do

After getting the child’s attention, helping him understand what he is supposed TO do will generally yield a better response. When the message is communicated in a clear straight forward way, there is less thinking that needs to be done to figure out what action to take. And what are some options?

Get the child’s attention before communicating

Say the child’s name
Use a gesture
Move so you get into her visual field
Show him an object or other visual cue to get him to look at you

Help children know what TO do

Use a prompt.

Hand him a tissue instead of saying “Don’t wipe your nose on your sleeve.”

Use a gesture.

Gestures can guide her to appropriate behavior. Point to the coat hook instead of “Don’t drop your coat on the floor.”

Model what you want

Offer “Let’s do it together.” That can encourage children to do things with more enthusiasm than you might get otherwise.

Call attention to the “problem”

Say “Oh, oh” “Oops!” “Look!” Then point to what needs to be done.
Look right at his face and clearly state what you want the child to do.

And what’s the bottom line?

We have our patterns. . .our standard ways of saying and doing things.
We can become so focused on trying to change our children that we don’t really think about our part in the interactions. Sometimes making small changes in what WE do can make huge changes in how our children respond. Little things can make a big difference. It is worth thinking about.

P.S. Sometimes people are so adamant about only saying positive things to children that they claim you should never use the word NO.

I don’t agree.

The world is full of caution and rules. Teaching students to understand what NO means is important for their safety and for effectively participating in the community. But if we communicate NO and DON’T all the time for everyday activities, those words lose their
power.

Thank you to Merri Williams and to Jenifer Covington for sharing with us!

Drummer’s are a creative bunch…

February 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Drums, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together | Leave a comment

Check out these six drummers and one apartment…I bet you could make music at your house just like they did! Have fun! 

 Thank you Darcie Brown for this video link!

Another cute Valentine Video for you!

February 13, 2007 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Parenting, Ramblings, Valentine's Greeting | 3 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

February 13, 2007 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Ramblings, Valentine's Greeting | Leave a comment

 Happy Valentine’s to all my Kindermusik Families and Friends!

Miss Julie

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