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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Dance of a Thousand Hands revisited.

April 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Art, Asian, Hearing Impaired, Kindermusik, Music, Special Needs | 2 Comments

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin ~ There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, which is making the rounds across the net. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens last year at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled Persons’ Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year. More information

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

This is a repost of a fabulous video and a wonderful expression of what desire to excel can do to impact lives.

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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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)

Why Music? Here is one school district’s opinion and I agree!

November 23, 2007 at 5:44 pm | Posted in Art, Delopmental Stages, FOL, Kindermusik, Language, Math, Music, Parenting, Physical Education, School Readiness, Science | 1 Comment

WHY MUSIC?

Music is a Science.

It is exact, it is specific and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is mathematical.

It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a Foreign Language.

Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French; and the notation is certainly not English – but a highly-developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is Physical Education.

It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheeks and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back and stomach muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is all these things, but most of all, MUSIC IS ART.

It allows the human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. This one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling emotion, call it what you will.
That is why we teach music!

Not because we expect you to major in music.

Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life.

But, so you will be human, so you will recognize beauty, so you will be closer to God beyond this world, so you will have something to cling to, so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good – in short – more life.”

The Clarence (NY) School District’s Position Statement on Music
(Text quoted from the district web page)

Miss Julie’s ABC Adventure! Check it out!

November 15, 2007 at 9:51 am | Posted in Art, Blogroll, FUN, humor, Imagine That, Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Hey,

Check out my ABC adventure!

Click here to view Miss Julie’s adventure

Last call for Summer Kindermusik this week!

July 30, 2007 at 6:50 am | Posted in Art, Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Creatures at the Ocean, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment

Second Summer Session begins this Tuesday with Creatures at the Ocean, Wednesday with Busy Days and Friday with Creatures in my Backyard. Check out the schedule on our website http://www.kindermusikofclayton.com and call or email me if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you!  Ms. Julie

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Busy Days! Set your baby’s day to classical music. With a little more Tchaikovsky in your “Twinkle, Twinkle” repertoire you’ll discover new ways your baby benefits from the classics as you both develop an appreciation for the world’s most respected music. Each lesson features new activities and songs you can sing for all the places you go together—the store, the playground, the doctor, and more.

 

cno.gifCreatures at the Ocean. Sing sailor songs and make the ocean count. “Five little seashells lying on the shore: Swish! Went the waves and then there were four.” Make homemade kites and your own ocean wave drum! Children love Creatures at the Ocean because they sing, move, and play with Mom, Dad, or caregiver while

learning about the great outdoors, nature-friendly ideas and all kinds of interesting creatures unique to the coastal environment.  We will dive into lessons like Ahoy There, On My Beach Blanket, Coastal Waters, Riding the Waves, and In the Deep Blue Sea. So put on your beach clothes and join us for an ocean adventure!

0-06-03005.jpgCreatures in My Backyard.  Give your child something to sing about in her own backyard. Be the flower from the “seed’s” perspective. Big Kids Run and jump in rain puddles made from hula hoops. Shoo pretend flies and sing and dance to “Shoo Fly.” Parents fly babies from flower to flower like buzzing bees, and explore instruments and more!

Children are naturally curious and delighted by the world around them. Creatures in My Backyard encourages you and your child to explore your environment and make new discoveries.  Through music, movement, storytelling, and instrument exploration, your child will uncover the creatures living in her own backyard – from birds, turtles, squirrels, and rabbits to flowers, caterpillars, and bumble-bees!  Your child will experience Nesting in a Tree, Digging in the Dirt, Flying to a Flower, Hiding in the Grass, and Sitting on the Porch. So put on your sandals and join us for a backyard adventure!

Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party a success! Check out our Video!

July 22, 2007 at 4:55 am | Posted in Art, Blogroll, Children's Music, Dancing, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party, Princess Day, Princesses!, Singing, Tea Party! | Leave a comment

Today we have enjoyed many fairy tale and musical activities! We made butterfly puppets; played Old Queen Glory of the Mountain; listened to a story about Thumbelina and then danced with the Butterflies just like she did; played instruments with the instrument story of Momotarasan; visited an enchanted forest and danced with the animals where we met Goldilocks and she and Little Bear invited us to a TEA PARTY! Ms Julie told us the story of Jack and the Beanstalk while we were eating and then we got our own magic beans and made shaker instruments! Little Bear and Goldilocks gave us a bear to remember them with. We danced with our bears and shakers and rocked with moms and dads before going home. What a wonderful time we had!

Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party, July 21st!

July 6, 2007 at 9:21 pm | Posted in Art, Children's Music, Dancing, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party, Princess Day, Princesses!, Singing | 2 Comments

Please come to the Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party July 21st. Details below …

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Princess Day is May 19th!

May 1, 2007 at 6:11 am | Posted in and more!, Art, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Princess Day, Ramblings, Singing | Leave a comment

Princess Day FlyerCome dance to princess music, sing princess songs, play princess games and read princess stories! 90-Minute class includes lots of princess activities, plus making princess crowns and wands, finding dinosaur eggs & turning them into shaker instruments and taking home your own special princess pet! We will even eat princess treats! $15.00 if you register by May 15th, $20.00 after that.

For your child 4-6 years old. Minimum 4 and Maximum 10 per class. Email me to register… kmclayton@mindspring.com

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