Calling all Johnston County Kindergarteners!

August 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Art, Asian, Children's Music, Dancing, elementary, FUN, Kindermusik, Language, Music Making, Musical Instruments, School Readiness, Singing | 4 Comments
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Mom and Dad, is your kindergartener so ready to start school that you need something this week fun to do that feels a little like school? Something that has the elements of fun and games mixed with some sure to get your child ready for school activities? How about Kindermusik Adventures Around the World?

Tuesday-Friday, August 25th-28th from 8:00am-11:30am we will be exploring the music, dance, culture, games, and instruments of Japan, Germany, England, Africa, and Mexico. We will certainly have FUN as we become world travelers! Activities will include singing, dancing, storytelling, game playing, pretend play, crafts, instrument making, and food and culture exploration. Children will receive a home CD of the music we explore, a notebook of information including picture folders of activities, and songs from each country, a map placemat to help us find each country in our world, instruments and crafts from each country, and a carry bag with travel stickers and a passport to mark our journey! Materials cost is $40.00 and Tuition is $70.00 for this fun-packed time. Link here if you would like your child to join this enriching and fun week!

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Music is essential to learning! So are you afraid to commit?

August 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Playing shakers in Kindermusik

Playing shakers in Kindermusik

7 Surprising Benefits of Music Education

August 17, 2009 at 7:34 am | Posted in Kindermusik | 2 Comments
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Listen to the singing, the laughing, and the shouting; the jumping, stomping, and clapping; the exuberant thumping of drums, the rhythmic rattling of maracas, and the festive jingling of bells. Listen to children making music, and it’s easy to hear they’re having fun.

What’s not so obvious is that while children are singing and clapping, jumping and wiggling, and shaking and tapping on instruments, there’s a whole lot of learning—and growing—going on.

Children, unlike adults, learn primarily through sound. They naturally focus attention more easily on sound than on visual stimuli. The rhythmic sound of music, in particular, captures and holds children’s attention like nothing else, and makes it a valuable learning tool.

Music education increases children’s intelligence, academic success, social skills, and even physical fitness, in ways that may surprise you.

Read the full article here.  7 Surprising Benefits of Music Education

Thank you Merri for pointing out this wonderful article.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and the role Music and Movement plays.

August 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Babies, Delopmental Stages, elementary, Parenting | 5 Comments
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Teaching emotional skills is making a big comeback.

Having Fun at Kindermusik

Having Fun at Kindermusik

In the current issue of Scholastic’s Instructor Magazine is a very pertinent article about this topic. Here is an excerpt from the article –

“In an era when high-stakes test scores rule, talking about social and emotional development in children can seem old-fashioned. But lately, the conversation about the so-called soft skills—the personal and interpersonal abilities kids need to maintain mental health and thrive socially, emotionally, and intellectually in a classroom—is being heard again around the nation. ” (read more here)

Kindermusik has developed a wonderful resource for parents regarding this same topic.

“Research demonstrates that involvement in music and movement activities from an early age helps children develop good social and emotional skills. Research also links social and emotional development with school-readiness and even with higher academic testing scores. It’s no surprise. After all, the same skills that foster emotional security and social success – skills like confidence, curiosity, cooperation, self-regulation, and good listening – predict cognitive achievement and academic success as well. ” Check out Music & Social-Emotional Development by Molia Dumbleton, M.A., M.A. and Heidi Gilman Bennett, read the summary here.  Read the full article for toddlers here. and for preschoolers here.

Just another reason Kindermusik would benefit your family this fall. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

OPEN HOUSE and Back To School Specials this Saturday!

August 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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OPEN HOUSE IS THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 10-1 AND 2-5.

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A DEMO AT 10:30, 11:00 2:30 OR 3:00

 

Cowboy Baby Kindermusik Playdate tomorrow!

August 12, 2009 at 2:19 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Home Materials

Home Materials

Tomorrow we have one more summer Kindermusik Playdate to enjoy! COWBOY BABY! $15.00 for one hour of fun, a quality board book and a home CD (baby cowbell $5.00 extra)! 10:00-11:00am or 5:30-6:30pm, August 12th at Kindermusik & Voice of Clayton!

Babies and toddlers love to bounce and pat along with this engaging collection of favorite cowboy and cowgirl songs. Play along with the rhythms and giggle along with the delightful story about some tiny cowpokes dancing left, right, and do-si-do!

Clap, dance, shimmy, and swing with the music! Includes favorite songs like “Git Along, Little Doggies”, Home on the Range, and “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain.”

Breast-feeding may avert cancer!

August 12, 2009 at 2:13 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Study finds lower risk of early-onset breast cancer for those with a family history.

Women who have a family history of breast cancer could reduce their risk of developing early onset of the disease by 59 percent if they breast-feed their babies, scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill and other centers reported Monday.

The current research offers the strongest evidence yet that breast-feeding is a powerful cancer-prevention tool among high-risk women, specifically younger women who have not gone through menopause.

The benefit, which is more effective than taking a preventive regimen of the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen, appears to occur even when women breast-feed for a short period.
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