Laughing Babies put a Bright Moment into my Day!

June 29, 2008 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Babies, Family, Family Support, FUN, humor, Kindermusik, Parenting | Leave a comment
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This video was rated the top three baby laughing videos on You Tube. I couldn’t resist sharing! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Laughter is the best medicine they say…. ;O

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Kindermusik Summer Camps are so much FUN!

June 29, 2008 at 2:57 am | Posted in Animals, Art, Babies, Children's Music, Creatures at the Ocean, Family, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Physical Education, Singing | 1 Comment
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I cannot believe our first summer camp session is over! Here is a visual taste of what we have been doing!

 Rocking in Zoo Train!rocking in Kindermusik

 Exercising in Peekaboo, I Love You!Bicycling feet to Twinkle Twinkle

   Rolling the Ball in Creatures at the Ocean!Rolling Beach Balls with a Partner in Creatures at the Ocean

Trotting and Galloping like Ponies and Horses!

Pretending to be ponies and horses in Zoo Train

Signing “More” in Sign & SingDo You Want More Music?

Making Circle Penguin Crafts in Zoo TrainPenguin Circle Crafts are fun in Zoo Train camp.

Playing balls with our families in Splash Family class.

Family groups playing with beach balls

Exploring the Woodblock in Peekaboo I Love You

Exploring the woodblock is fun!

Families Celebrate your Fathers!

June 29, 2008 at 2:21 am | Posted in Dads, Family, Family Support, Fathers, Kindermusik, Parenting, Traditions | Leave a comment

Okay, so I missed posting this on Father’s Day, but, it is worth posting anyway. It reminds me how important our fathers are and how much I miss seeing mine on a regular basis. I Love You Dad!

Parents are you looking for ways to improve your child’s success?

June 22, 2008 at 12:37 am | Posted in Brain Development, Children's Music, emergent literacy, FUN, Kindermusik, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, School Readiness, Singing | 2 Comments
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Kindermusik ~ Why enroll?

Mom and Baby                                                             
A recent study found that repeated enrollment in Kindermusik improves a child’s ability to plan, guide, and control their own behavior. 
• “Children currently enrolled in Kindermusik showed higher levels of self-control than those never enrolled and those previously enrolled ….This suggests that in order for children to reap the benefit of increased self-control as a result of Kindermusik participation, it is important to have repeated and recent Kindermusik experiences and remain enrolled in the program.”
• “Four-year-old children who had been exposed to Kindermusik for longer periods of time are better off in terms of self-control namely a child’s ability to plan, guide, and control their own behavior-than similar children with less Kindermusik history.”
• “These experiences, stop-go, high-low, fast-slow, short-long, and loud-soft, whereby children’s motor behavior is guided by the music, appear to be good exercise for young children’s emerging self-regulatory skills.”  

The study, “The Effects of Kindermusik on Behavioral Self-Regulation in Early Childhood,” was conducted in 2005 in the psychology department at George Mason University in Virginia. Results were made available to Kindermusik in May, 2005. The study was conducted by Adam Winsler Ph.D and graduate student Lesley Ducenne in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University. The 15-month study included 91 children between the ages of 3 and 5 who were split into three groups:  23 students currently enrolled in Kindermusik, 19 students previously enrolled in Kindermusik, and 49 students of similar family backgrounds from local preschools who had never had Kindermusik. The children were observed doing a variety of tasks that required selfcontrol such as slowing down their motor behavior, delaying their gratification, refraining from touching attractive but forbidden toys, quietly whispering, and compliance with instructions to initiate or stop certain behaviors. Parents also completed surveys.

The study was supervised by Adam Winsler, Ph.D, Applied Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University.

Girl and Xylophone

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

The cost of gas and keeping it local! How to have a summer full of great memories!

June 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music Making, Parenting | Leave a comment
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One fun activity might be a Zoo Train Camp at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton!

So many of us have lamented about the price of gas continuing to go up and the heat just complicates the issue. Using the air conditioning in your car just eats that gas up faster and faster doesn’t it! So what to do? Stay home you say, keep it simple! I agree that you need to simplify to cut expenses. I also know as a small business owner that keeping it local may satisfy the need for something to do. There are many small business owners who are being affected by the high cost of doing business too. To keep them in business and cut your expense to do something special check the local folks out. Allow them to provide your family with special things to do that cost a little and require little or no travel. Your family will have some special summer memories and you won’t break the bank getting there! J Why don’t you recommend some of your favorite local things to do so that others might enjoy them too!

Calling all Drama Queens and Kings!

June 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Musical Theatre Camp offerings

Are you a parent of a Drama Queen or King? Does your child put on plays and musicals for you at home? Help them to hone their skills and have some fun doing it this summer right here in Clayton. Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton is offering something NEW this summer to the 8-12 year old Musical Theatre lover. A Musical Theatre camp will be held the week of July 7th-11th in Riverwood at the Riverwood Cultural Arts Center.

In designing this curriculum, Julie Stewart is pulling together approximately 20 scenes from Eleven Musicals for participants to choose from. The curriculum is designed with the following daily focuses: Monday – What is Musical Theatre? Games and activities that help us get to know each other and focusing on individual performance, the basics of being on stage, and selecting scenes for performance. Tuesday – Finding my place in the Crowd. Games and activities focusing on ensemble, working together when staging a production, and working on select scenes for performance. Wednesday – What do I want the audience to see? Games and activities focusing on putting a production together, costumes anyone? Simple approaches to costuming and making your character come through visually, and working on select scenes for performance. Thursday – The technical aspect of Musical Theatre. Games and activities focusing on the extras that go into producing a stage production. Music accompanimant, set design, props are all a part of the production, we will design and make simple sets for our production and work on selected scenes for performance. Friday – Putting it all together. Games and activities focusing on fine tuning performance. Rehearse all that our production will be. Celebrate our successes during the week. Showcase each scene of our production and be a critic. Run-thru performance, final rehearsal. The performance location and time are being determined at this time. It will either be Friday evening or Saturday late afternoon or evening.

The latest recalls families should be aware of…. Animal Tracking Kits and Baby Mattresses

June 8, 2008 at 7:08 pm | Posted in Animals, Art, Babies, Blogroll, Parenting, Science, Toy Recals | 1 Comment
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animal tracking explorer kit

MindWare, in conjunction with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov), has issued a voluntary recall notice for Animal Tracking Explorer Kit, sold by MindWare in Fall/Winter 2007.

We have recently been informed by our supplier, Interplay UK Ltd, that some shipments of this product, which should have included Plaster of Paris, actually included calcium hydroxide. Calcium hydroxide is an irritant, misuse of which could cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

While MindWare has not received any complaints or notification of injury we are advising customers who have purchased this product and still have any material remaining in the bag marked “Plaster of Paris”, to immediately dispose of it, taking care to avoid spillage on the skin or clothing.

It is also advisable to dispose of any casts made using this kit. In case of skin contact with the calcium hydroxide, wash thoroughly with soap and water.

If you purchased this product and wish to receive a full refund for your Animal Tracking Explorer Kit or if you would like to receive a replacement pack of Plaster of Paris, free of charge, please contact us:

By mail: MindWare Customer Service, 2100 County Road C West, Roseville, MN 55113-2501
By phone: 1-800-588-1072
By email: custserv@mindware.com

This information was posted directly from MindWare’s website

Pottery Barn Simmons Mattress

At Simmons Kids, our singular mission is to provide a healthy sleep environment for babies and children. Because of our commitment to ensuring that our products are as safe as possible for our youngest consumers, we, in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), have announced a voluntary product recall on certain open coil crib mattresses.

A small percentage (just over 1%) of full-size open coil crib mattresses have been found to fall short of the recommended minimum width for full size crib mattresses. Some mattresses may be from 1/16 inch to 1/4 inch narrower (about the size of a pencil eraser) than the 27-1/4″ minimum width recommended by federal regulations.

These mattresses were sold in the United States at Pottery Barn Kids and by a limited number of nursery furniture retailers. All of the mattresses that are part of this recall have a law tag like that shown below, which includes the date of manufacture between July 1, 2006 and March 23, 2008, and the model number. A few mattresses with a date of manufacture before July 1, 2007 will not include a model number, but can be identified by the color label attached to the top or the side of the mattress.

In order to prevent even the smallest potential for injury, we ask that you follow the instructions below in order to determine whether your product is affected. If you have any questions, please call toll-free 800-810-8611 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday or 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday. You can also e-mail our Customer Assistance department: simmonskidsrecall@simmons.com.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE MODEL AND MANUFACTURE DATE OF YOUR CRIB MATTRESS
In most cases, the model name and manufacture date of your mattress will be shown on the large color label that is attached to the top or the side of your mattress. The model names included in this recall are below. No other models are included in this recall.

Affected Model Names Affected Model Numbers
Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby H59044.15.0014
Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm M59082.15.0002
Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400 M59027.15.0002
Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count M59056.15.0006

HOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR CRIB MATTRESS IS AFFECTED
If the law tag matches any of the model names and numbers listed above, you must measure the mattress to determine whether it needs to be replaced. To measure your mattress:

  • Take the mattress out of the crib
  • Remove all coverings from the mattress
  • Lay mattress on the floor with the sleep surface facing up
  • Using a reliable tape measure or yard stick, measure at the middle of the mattress from outside tape edge to outside tape edge
  • If the width measures less than 27-1/4″, contact Simmons Kids for a free replacement

HOW TO REPLACE AN AFFECTED MATTRESS
To facilitate a product exchange, please call Simmons toll-free at 800-810-8611 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, or 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday. You can also e-mail our Customer Assistance department: simmonskidsrecall@simmons.com.

Thank you again for your cooperation as we work through this important safety measure.
Click to download: Simmons Kids Voluntary Recall Press Release (PDF)

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