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!

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)

Dancing and Singing Cockatoo reminds me of our Paco!

October 16, 2007 at 4:43 am | Posted in Animals, Bird Lovers, Blogroll, Cockatoo, Dancing, Music, Music Making, Singing | Leave a comment

We have had many pets through the years. One of my girls favorites was a  Grey Cockatoo we called Paco. He was raised from an egg by my brother and he and his wife brought him from Florida for my girls. He lived for 12 years.

Watching this Cockatoo Dance and Sing reminded me of what a terrific pet Cockatoo’s can be. ..This is a video of a medium sulphur crested Eleanora cockatoo named Snowball living at the Bird Lovers Only Rescue in Schererville, Indiana.Snowball loves the Back Street boys and has taught himself to dance to their song “Everybody.”


Wild Music at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

August 3, 2007 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Animals, Blogroll, Children's Music, Creatures at the Ocean, Music, Music Making, Parenting | Leave a comment

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Close your eyes and listen
To the rhythms filling our forests and cities.
To the melodies of our seas and skies.
To the harmonies that greet each new dawn
and lull us to sleep each night.
Close your eyes and listen.
To the sounds and songs of life.
This is Wild Music.

Wild Music is a remarkable exhibition celebrating every note of every player in the symphony of life.  Jam with a whale.  Talk like a tiger.  Or sing like a songbird.  Visitors will learn the music of nature, and the very nature of music. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting this new exhibit called Wild Music until September 16, 2007.  It is for all ages and features a special, interactive exhibit that explores the biological origins of music and how music is inspired by the music of other living creatures. To learn more about the exhibit read the article at the following link.

http://www.naturalsciences.org/exhibits/special_exhibits.html

This Saturday is a Wild Music Festival from 9:00 to 5:00. A small fee is required.

You Raise Me Up wonderful video

April 17, 2007 at 2:27 am | Posted in and more!, Animals, Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Ramblings, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment

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

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