Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton OPEN HOUSE and DEMO DAYS events!

August 11, 2008 at 7:05 am | Posted in Babies, books, Children's Music, enroll, FREE DEMO, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Singing | Leave a comment
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Nothing lights up little faces like the songs, sounds, and activities in a Kindermusik class. Come and try one for yourself at DEMO DAYS, our upcoming OPEN HOUSE and OPEN REGISTRATION at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton in the Riverwood Cultural Arts Center. We are holding our OPEN HOUSE in conjunction with a worldwide Demo Days event occurring August 2nd through 17th in Kindermusik studios from Australia to Hong Kong, from South Africa to The Netherlands and from Maine to California! Our goal is to bring the joy of Kindermusik to as many children as we possibly can. Come and be part of the fun in our lovely studio! On Saturday, August 16th from 10:00-noon and 1:00-3:00 pm the studio will be open for you to try out a Kindermusik class, check out the home materials we will be using for this fall semesters classes and register for your choice of classes. Register at our Demo Days event and take home a Kindermusik “Get Up and Move” CD plus $10.00 off your registration fee! We have Kindermusik classes for children 6 weeks through 7 years. As always we offer sibling discounts, our traditional core curricula or family style classes, and monthly payments.
 
Demos are scheduled at 10:00-10:30am and at 1:00-1:30pm. Reservations are requested to provide the best experiance for you and your child. If we fill these two demos we will add two more immediately following. You may place your reservation by calling 359-0022 or 359-3473 or emailing us at kmclayton@mindspring.com by Friday morning August 15th. 

 

Hope to see you there!

Kindermusik ~ Seven Magnificent Years!

July 29, 2008 at 7:58 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, FUN, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Kindermusik for the Young Child, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Singing, Village | Leave a comment
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Here is a video compilation of the Seven Magnificent Years of Kindermusik’s core curricula all recorded in classes at my studio. Enjoy!

Kindermusik Fall 2008 Semester at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton

July 18, 2008 at 1:17 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Family, FUN, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Sign & Sing, Singing | 1 Comment
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Fall Semester begins September 2, 2008 at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton
Check out our Kindermusik Curricula Descriptions below
and please visit our
Website for the Schedule and Registration information.

Village (newborn to 1 ½ years)

Zoom Buggy Home Materials

Zoom Buggy Home Materials

Zoom  Buggy!—Swoosh, vroom, and clickety-clack your way through this delightful unit. Babies and adults will dance, sing, and play instruments to the theme of being on the go. Chug around the room to the song “Little Red Caboose,” hold on tightly while “Riding in the Buggy,” and dance your way to “Zoom-e-oh!”  Engage in rituals and playful activities such as infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.

Home Materials: Colorful board book—Zoom Buggy, Home CD of the songs heard in class, two Art Banners, and a baby instrument for music-making at home.

 

Dream Pillow Home Materials

Dream Pillow Home Materials

Dream Pillow—This title alone brings images of rocking, cuddling, singing, and lulling to sleep.  But leading up to sleepy time are many upbeat and playful activities.  Babies and Adults will swirl to a dreamy cloud dance “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” They’ll also play baby appropriate instruments to “Aiken Drum,” and “Sarasponda.” Favorite nursery rhymes like “Wee Willie Winkie,” and “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,” are sprinkled throughout the classes. It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’ daily routines. Home Materials: Board book that calms and relaxes—Dream Pillow Lullaby, Home CD of the songs heard in class, two Art Banners, and a baby instrument for music-making at home.

Our Time (1 ½ years to 3 years)

Milk & Cookies Home Materials

Milk & Cookies Home Materials

Milk & Cookies makes everyday home activities and chores easier and more fun with music! Cook and sing to “The Muffin Man”; dust and clean to the original song “In My House”; get ready to wash clothes to the delightful poem “Washing Machine”. Baking cookies, eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going grocery shopping and making tea are all represented in familiar as well as new songs. Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1 ½ to 3-year-olds. Capture the familiar and new moments of the day and learn how music can impact your toddler.
Home Materials: Two Books—At My House and Cookies, Two Home CDs, Stir Xylophone instrument, and a Home Activity Book—all arriving in a durable lunch bag.

Imagine That! (3.5 years to 5 years)

Hello Weather Home Materials
Hello Weather Home Materials

Hello Weather! Let’s Play Together!—sunshine, rain, snow, thunderstorms, and more in this imaginative and delightful weather-related musical adventure. Preschoolers create storm sounds with a drum to “Wild Storms,” jump in pretend puddles to “Mud Puddle Jump,” throw pretend snow-balls to “Snowballs,” and sing along to “Colors of the Rainbow.” They’ll be surrounded in a creative musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, story telling, movement, and more.
Home Materials: Two books—Michael Finnigan and Hurry Home, Little Kittens, Hello Weather Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and Instruments—ankle bells and rain shaker with scraper.
Young Child (5 years to 7 years)

Young Child Semester One Home Materials

Young Child Semester One Home Materials

A pressure-free approach to learning, but concrete enough because your child is ready for the more abstract thinking processes that music requires. Play remains the primary way a young child learns, so throughout the curriculum there is a consistent effort to balance active learning with the emotional reasoning aspects of a young child’s development in mind.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder, Music At Home cards & stickers, Games Bag, Family Songbook, Home CD, and Carry Bag. Instruments can include glockenspiel w/mallets, dulcimer, and recorder.

Family Time  (Newborn through 7 years)

Here There & Everywhere Home Materials

Here There & Everywhere Home Materials

Here, There and Everywhere—the five sub-themes center around different family outings:  a visit with a friend, an outing at the park, a trip to the city, an afternoon at the aquarium, and a day on the farm.  Move like animals with this unit’s story Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap!  And follow a girl’s adventure as she loses her jambourine during the day’s outings and then finds it in the story Jingle-Jangle Jambourine. 
Home Materials: Two Books—Flip-Flap, Sugar Snap! and Jingle-Jangle Jambourine, Two Home CDs, Family Guide, Board Game, Waggs the dog Hand Puppet and Finger Puppet, and Two Jambourine instruments.

Sign & Sing (6 months through 3 years)

Sign & Sing A Home Materials

Sign & Sing A Home Materials

Session A: Everyday items around the house—a ball, bubbles, mom and
dad—become the objects of learning in the classroom and at home.
You’ll teach parents the sign language methods of the experts, such as making the sign in front of a child, on a child’s body, and knowing when a child is most engaged and ready to learn. All assembled in this easy-to-understand format so you can open your teacher’s kit, and be in the classroom teaching with confidence.

Sign & Sing B Home Materials

Sign & Sing B Home Materials

Session B: This session reviews the first three Keys to Signing Smart Success™ and provides an in-depth look at the final and fourth Key. New concepts such as in and out, up and down, big and little, tall and short will be explored with more songs and animal-themed activities.

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

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)

Summer Camps and Classes at Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton

May 31, 2008 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Sign & Sing, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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Click this link to view a PDF of our flyer.

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Love You Forever! One of my favorites ~ enjoy!

February 10, 2008 at 11:40 pm | Posted in Babies, books, Family, Love You Forever, Parenting, Traditions, Valentine's Greeting | Leave a comment
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I loved reading this book to my children. Enjoy this video version!

Perseverance in Parenting…When you try something new.

January 24, 2008 at 3:00 am | Posted in Aimee Carter, Babies, Children's Music, Delopmental Stages, Family, FOL, FUN, Kindermusik, Mom's, Music, Parenting | 1 Comment

This post is from Aimee Carter’s Blog, (another Kindermusik Educator) ‘Delightful Sounds’ entitled Hang in there! It was written by one of her Kindermusik Moms who happens to be a wonderful journalist. I found this article very interesting to read as a Kindermusik educator.

Hi! I’m Diane. Aimee invited me to post to her wonderful blog, so here I am.

Today, I would like to post about perseverance in parenting, particularly when it involves introducing a child to something new.
No, this post will not be about broccoli. It’s actually about Kindermusik classes.
I’ve been taking my eldest daughter, Bethany, to Kindermusik classes since she was five months old. She’s now just turned four. So I’ve been through a lot of semesters, and every new semester I meet all kinds of wonderful new moms, moms who want to give their babies the best of everything. They envision taking a music class and cuddling with their child, humming to their child–all bliss and Mozart. But they get to the class with their baby and all of a sudden there is screaming and squirming. The child won’t lay still for infant massage. They won’t cuddle for rocking. They could care less about the books during quiet time. All they want to do is play under Mrs. Aimee’s table, or try to break into Mrs. Aimee’s amazing closet. And slowly, ever so slowly, I see some of those moms start to look disappointed and sad.
At those moments I just want to say: hang in there! Persevere. And so many do. They come back, week after week, and lo and behold what they find: their children acclimate. Even as young as a few months old, these infants start to get in touch with they rhythm of the class. They get less fussy, less weepy, less difficult. The older ones get into the swing of the class in more overt ways. They find their favorite books. They squirm less during massage. They will allow some rocking.
Part of the reason they adjust is because such things are repeated each week. Part of the reason is that mom and dad start trying to work with these things at home. And another part is that mom and dad (and grandma and grandpa) have learned the way their child likes to be massaged and rocked. Maybe baby doesn’t like to be massaged laying on her back; she prefers to sit in lap. Maybe baby doesn’t like to be rocked in the lap; she prefers to be rocked with mom standing up. And slowly, with the power of parenting perseverance (say that 10 times quickly) things get smoother and more fun. More idyllic.
Note: As they get older and more used to class, though, they only get more interested in that table and in trying to break into the closet (or get past Mrs. Aimee’s lovely ocean-scene covered doors to the world beyond).
I’m writing about this today because while my first daughter, Bethany, was a dream child (i.e. the one I was given to trick me into having the second one) my second daughter, Christa, is a free spirit. While Bethany always has, and still will, lay perfectly limp during “infant massage” (even though she is four) Christa has always squirmed. While Bethany will still allow me to rock her to music, Christa has always tried to escape my lap. Christa has, up until today, been more likely to let someone else rock or massage her than me–and Christa has been going to Kindermusik classes (at the start with her sister) since she was an infant in a carrier, six weeks old. Now she is almost eighteen months old (perseverance, anyone?) and today, for the first time, she let me massage her the whole time–albeit laying with her head upside down hanging down from my lap. She also cuddled in my lap for rocking. And she didn’t even try to pry Mrs. Aimee’s outlet protectors out–not even once! She has become a model Kindermusik citizen, after eighteen months of classes!
Most children are not Christa. They do not take this long. Most get in the groove in just a few weeks. So just remember–if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying with whatever it is (even vegetables). Eventually, you and your child will find your way.

Joy Sikorski’s “Puccini EffectTM” is very compelling!

December 17, 2007 at 12:30 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, FUN, Joy Sikorski, Language, Music, Parenting, Puccini Effect, School Readiness, Singing, Village | 3 Comments
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Joy Sikorski

Joy Sikorski

Joy Sikorski, coined the term “Puccini EffectTM” to describe her philosophy of  insight into the empowerment of the singing voice as a crucial tool that impacts infant and early childhood brain development. 
From her website Joy says, “You probably know about the Mozart Effect and research regarding music’s profound impact on your baby/toddlers’s development. Instinctively, you also know that music can either calm you and your child or agitate both of you. You’ve heard that classical music is more complex than most other music and that it therefore stimulates intricate patterns in your baby or toddlers’s brain. You also know that singing songs is good for your child.
But do you know about the Puccini EffectTM? Have you heard about your baby’s or toddler’s potential ability to sing?
For example, do you know about the research that shows she can match pitches as early as 3 to 4 months or that early development of her singing potential positively influences her speech patterns and communication skills for life!? That it can engage her attention while calming both her and you? That there are scientific reasons why this is true? …”

Have I got your attention yet? Check out Joy and what she has to say about the “Puccini EffectTM”, and much more!

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