Children and the Mass Media

September 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Delopmental Stages, emergent literacy, Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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How Setting Limits Will Benefit Your Children By Greg Taillon

Gone are the days of children coming home from school, eating homemade chocolate chip cookies and then going outside to play with their friends until it’s time to do homework. Today, older children are often home alone after school. As a result, they sometimes are tempted to spend their time being entertained with video games, watching television, downloading music and chatting on the Internet instead of doing their homework and more active leisure activities. These temptations are all competing for children’s time at the expense of their education, health and well being.

Childhood obesity, school violence, ADHD and poor reading and math skills can all be tied to too much mass media play in childhood. Too many children are neglecting schoolwork and exercise in favor of eating chips in front of the TV. Fast-paced video games and television shows have shortened children’s attention spans. Recreational reading is almost nonexistent. Even worse, the violence children see on TV is being replayed in the schools, and basic reading and math skills are lagging way behind.

Too Much Media Exposure

Children spend more than 38 hours per week being entertained by the mass media – almost four times the amount of time they spend on schoolwork. As a result, academics are suffering. According to research and standardized test scores, American students are struggling to read at proficient levels, and most recreational reading has stopped. Math skills are also lagging. Once children fall behind with basic academic skills, they have a hard time catching up. This will have long-term ramifications on them, as the future will bring about more advanced jobs and fewer qualified people to fill them. These jobs include medical personnel, engineers, college professors and other highly educated or technical professions.

Overexposure to television starts at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children younger than age 2, and no more than two hours per day of high-quality programming for older children. The truth is that many children watch much more than the recommended guidelines.   (read more)

Want to do something about this epidemic? Sign your child up for a Kindermusik class and learn about engaging your child with music in ways that help eliminate this trend! Fall Semester begins September 7th, with classes for children infant through age 7. www.kindermusikofclayton.com/SchoolYearSchedule.htm

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Parents ~ Consistency is your best friend when starting something new!

August 31, 2010 at 2:45 am | Posted in Children's Music, emergent literacy, Kindermusik, Parenting | Leave a comment
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Consistency is needed in times of change

Is your child starting pre-school or Kindergarten this fall? Are you concerned that keeping Kindermusik in his/her schedule will overload him/her? Actually, the opposite is true. With all the changes in his/her life, keeping him/her in Kindermusik provides the consistency required to make the transition easier. With life getting busier, and your child’s activities more independant in nature, Kindermusik is one place the two of you can spend time focused on each other. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

Two studies of Kindermusik students give you additional food for thought! Thank you Lori Burkhardt for the links to this information.

Click HERE for the below study article

 Click HERE for a short article for the the below study.

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So with that in mind remember music effects the whole brain and Kindermusik uses it’s process based classes to effect your child in a whole child way!

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Check out our website for Fall Class schedule and online registration.

Enroll Now for Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton Fall 2010 semester!

August 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, emergent literacy, Family Support, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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Greetings! Kindermusik Families and Friends!

It is the beginning of school in our area for traditional schools! Summer is over and soon our Kindermusik semester will begin. I am excited to say we have great things happening in our corner of the world!

Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean poet, educator, and diplomat, was the first Latin American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. It was awarded to her in 1945. Among the many topics she covered, Gabriela often wrote about children. It was obvious how important they were in her work and life. In fact, she even donated the proceeds from one of her books to children who were orphaned by the Spanish Civil War. (posted on Minds of Music, KI’s blog).

Kindermusik International recently came across one of Gabriela’s passages that sums up our own convictions on children as well. It goes:

“Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed, her blood is being constituted, his brain is being developed. To her we cannot say tomorrow. His name is today.”

As you look at your fall schedule and commitments please remember that the value of a Kindermusik experience is matched by no other offering. I so want to be a valuable asset to you and your child. Message me!

NEW Kindermusik Semester Classes Register NOW!

January 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Babies, Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Class: Village Cock-a-doodle-MOO! and Dew Drops             REGISTER TODAY!
Time: Monday at 9:15am
Class Meets: February 1 , 2010

Time: Thursday at 10:15am
Class Meets: February 4 , 2010

Cock-a-doodle-MOO! – Cock-a-doodle-MOO! – Hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In this class, you will sing songs about the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” You’ll engage in rituals and playful activities with your baby, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time. During the week, you’ll enjoy their At Home Materials, looking through a playful picture book of animals and the sounds they make, as well as a CD of the songs heard in class and an instrument for music-making at home.

DewDrops – DewDrops – Stop and smell the roses—and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies. In this class, parents and babies will play and move together to songs about flowers, such as “Jasmine Flower,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” and “White Coral Bells.” You’ll also hear traditional Irish music, dance a jig and move to the “Irish Trot.” In your At Home Materials, you’ll will receive a CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, a board book of flowers, and an instrument for music-making at home.

Class: Our Time Away We Go!
Time: Monday at 10:45am
Class Meets: February 1 , 2010

Time: Wednesday at 9:15am
Class Meets: February 3 , 2010

Time: Tuesday at 5:30pm
Class Meets: February 2 , 2010

Away We Go! – Away We Go! – Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This class focuses on transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers who are on the go, go, go! Sing and play along with favorite songs, such as “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and “Wheels on the Bus”. Explore fast and slow, smooth and bumpy, and high and low. Read stories about ways to get around. Shiny Dinah tells the story of a train, and Giddy-Up! has a horse, speedboat, racecar, and more to help you get where you want to go.  

Class: Imagine That! Toys I Make, Trips I Take
Time: Monday at 5:30pm
Class Meets: February 1 , 2010

Time: Thursday at 9:00am
Class Meets: February 4 , 2010

Toys I Make, Trips I Take – Toys I Make, Trips I Take – Think of it like taking a course inside your child’s imagination. We’ll use the theme of a toy shop to make our pretend-creations, using rhythm and songs with every imaginary saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building your preschooler’s sense of a sequence of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas a reality.

Class: Family Time Here, There, and Everywhere
Time: Thursday at 6:15pm
Class Meets: February 4 , 2010

Time: Friday at 9:15am
Class Meets: February 5 , 2010

Here, There, and Everywhere – Here, There, and Everywhere – In this family-sized version of Kindermusik, the music and activities center around five 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. Your At Home Materials include a hand and finger puppets of Wags—a featured character in the two literature books. Plus, two home CDs of music from class, a home activity guide, and two jambourine instruments. Each item has been carefully created to bring out the music—and the learning—in your family. Specially designed to fit the varying ages and learning abilities of your children, this set will help you bring the learning and the music-making home, as well as become a lasting, well-loved favorite of the toy box and book shelf.

Class: Young Child Semester 2
Time: Thursday at 4:15pm
Class Meets: February 4 , 2010

Semester 2 – Semester 2 – Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we’ll delve deeper into the understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the families in which they’re grouped—of the orchestra.

Want to win a FREE Semester of Kindermusik?

October 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Kindermusik International is sponsoring a competition to help you win a FREE Semester of Kindermusik! Just go to the link here and follow the instructions to download our special Itsy Bitsy Spider MP3 by Molly McGinn and make a video of your special moves to the song… To compete you will join ‘The Kindermusik Experience’ group on You Tube and download your video!

Children under 3 can’t learn action words from TV — unless an adult helps says an article in the latest Edition of Earlychildhood NEWSlink

September 19, 2009 at 2:08 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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In the latest edition of Earlychildhood NEWSlink an article summarizing a study by researchers at Temple University and the University of Delaware states, “American infants and toddlers watch TV an average of two hours a day, and much of the programming is billed as educational. A new study finds that children under age 3 learn less from these videos than we might think — unless there’s an adult present to interact with them and support their learning.

The study, by researchers at Temple University and the University of Delaware, can be found in the September/October 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.

The researchers studied children who ranged in age from 30 to 42 months to explore whether they could learn the names of actions (verbs) from videos. The names of verbs are generally harder for children to learn than names of objects. Yet verb learning is critical because verbs are the centerpiece of sentences, the glue that holds the words together…” (read more here).

Again, we see a study that points to the importance and effectiveness of interaction with our children, from the youngest ages. It is so important parents to be a part of what your young child is learning. You are your child’s most important teacher and in the Kindermusik classroom you are affirmed as that. The teacher is the facilitator and your teacher so that you may ‘teach’ your child by your involvement. “Loving your child is what it’s all about!” Learn more here!

Conversing helps language development more than reading alone UCLA study says

September 9, 2009 at 3:00 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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Eurekalert reported today that a UCLA study finds that activities that get children 2 months to 48 months talking are most conducive to language acquisition.

Adult-child conversations have a more significant impact on language development than exposing children to language through one-on-one reading alone, according to a new study in the July issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Pediatricians and others have encouraged parents to provide language input through reading, storytelling and simple narration of daily events,” explains study’s lead author, Dr. Frederick J. Zimmerman, associate professor in the Department of Health Services in the UCLA School of Public Health. “Although sound advice, this form of input may not place enough emphasis on children’s role in language-based exchanges and the importance of getting children to speak as much as possible.” (read more)

Activities like Kindermusik that encourage children to respond in class and to their parents are a great example of the give and take that this study is discussing. To acquire the knowledge a child must be actively involved in language and language type activities. What better avenue than a musical one that impacts even greater development and skill! “Loving your child is what it’s all about!”

Playing Shakers with Moms and friends in Kindermusik

Developing the Whole Child: Celebrating the Spirit of Each Child By Ruth A. Wilson Ph. D. is a very interesting article in this weeks Earlychildhood NEWS

September 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
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What do Froebel, Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Rudolph Steiner have in common? Many of us recognize them as significant contributors to the child-centered approach to early childhood education, but what we may not realize is that they were also pioneers in the holistic education movement and believed that education should contribute to the spiritual development of children. They all viewed the young child as more than just a growing body and mind. They saw a spiritual dimension to human development as well.

…While the educational theories of Froebel, Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Steiner all reflect, to varying degrees, a spiritual framework, most of us are uncomfortable about openly expressing a commitment to spiritual development in our curriculum. This discomfort may be prompted, in part, by a fuzzy idea of what we mean by spirit and spiritual. To some people, making spiritual development a part of the curriculum suggests the teaching of religion. Fostering the spiritual development of children, however, need not involve religion at all. Spiritual development in its most basic form means development of the spirit, or the animating principle of our being. Spirit, in this sense, is often defined as the nonmaterial part of humans, in contrast to the body, which represents the material aspect of who we are. The word soul is sometimes used as a synonym for spirit, especially when used in the context of “body and soul.”

The meaning of spirit or spiritual development, as advocated in this article, differs from the religious definitions. It also differs from ethics and moral development. (read more)

Kindermusik is a Music and Movement program designed to teach music while stimulating both right and left brain, while social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and literacy skills are all highlighted. Kindermusik is a Whole Child, Whole Brain curriculum. It is also a spirit filled curriculum, for it is by the nature of ‘being a child’ that spirit is cultivated. Kindermusik fills each child with an ‘abundance of themselves’ through all the activities in the classroom and through the relationships that are created and maintained. Kindermusik educators are instructed to ‘follow the child’ in our classrooms. We do just that, as it is then that your child will learn the most and in the manner that they need.

Check out Kindermusik, “Loving your child is what it’s all about!”

Fun in Kindermusik Around the World

Fun in Kindermusik Around the World

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!

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

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