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October is Family Health Month

In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month (super important – don’t forget your self-exams and regular mammograms!), it is also Family Health Month. This is a time to focus on the health and lifestyle of everyone in the family, even the smallest children. When the family can focus on health together, it becomes a great habit and not a source of contention and stress.

Sparkpeople, a health, fitness and weight loss site I use posted a calendar of thirty-one ways to be healthier as a family and work together this month. October Family Health Calendar Link (this is a .pdf so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.) I have printed one for our family and am posting it on the refrigerator.

In addition, many of the things we do in Kindermusik benefit not only the child’s health and well-being, but the the parent’s as well. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Quiet Time/Rocking Time – 2-5 minutes a day spent sitting quietly and breathing deeply with no distractions can help with relaxation, reduction in stress, and improve mental focus. All of our home CDs provide excellent “quiet time” music to give a definitive time limit to the rest.

2. Dancing – physical activity of any kind is great. In fact, it has been proven that children who are more physically active do much better in school (see article here ). Dancing together as a family gets everyone up and moving. Not only are your moving, but I bet you will be smiling, touching each other, and enjoying one another’s company which also will increase your positive emotional and mental health as well. When singing songs such as If You’re Happy and You Know It, Ha Ha This Away or Jing Jang, you are also working on your child’s language and cognitive abilities while labeling motions and body parts. Again, the home CDs provide ample and varied musical selections for dancing.

3. Reading Together – Watch this video for great information about the importance of reading. The principles discussed are absolutely in line with what we know at Kindermusik as well. The books included with our home materials are colorful, repetitious and engaging which will attract the interest of the child over and over again.

There are so many other benefits to what we do. The great news is – it is not too late to enroll this semester and take advantage of the health benefits of Kindermusik. Why not sign up now? Mention this blog post and that you want to use Kindermusik as part of your commitment to Family Health and receive a free gift in addition to your home materials.

As always, if you are unsure – come to a free preview class first. Just comment on this blog post or email Miss Christa at or call 740 854 4011.


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Conscious Discipline

In my weekly newsletters this semester, I am covering some general ideas from Conscious Discipline by Becky Bailey. I highly recommend that parents, teachers, grandparents, and any caregiver read Easy To Love, Difficult to Discipline and Conscious Discipline by Becky Bailey. I cannot begin to do justice to her information in short little snippets. Today, I was looking for an analogy I heard a colleague of her’s use at a convention. I want to be sure to quote it correctly. In the process of this, I found a series of videos she has on YouTube. This is not the first video in the series, but since the recent weather, sickness etc I have heard many people be frustrated, irritated, depressed and downright angry about not getting out or doing what we want. I thought this would be a great video to share with you. So be a STAR and take back your power after watching this short clip.

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Celebrate Eric Carle

I went to Google this morning to look up some information and the logo was decorated with Very Hungry Catepillar designs. I clicked it and found the following article. I love Eric Carle and strongly encourage you to add his books to your child’s library. Many of his books are now even available as board books.


By Eric Carle
Families have been devouring this cute-as-a-bug preschool fable for 30 years apples and all. And now it’s a pop-up.

Moving parts: A colorful, three-dimensional end to the newly released 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book.'
Moving parts: A colorful, three-dimensional end to the newly released ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book.’

Moral of the story: This little, fat ugly thing ends up flying into the world as a beautiful butterfly," and there's a lesson there for everyone, says author Eric Carle.
Enlarge By Paul Shoul
Moral of the story: This little, fat ugly thing ends up flying into the world as a beautiful butterfly,” and there’s a lesson there for everyone, says author Eric Carle.

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It began with a stack of paper and a hole-puncher.

“I was just innocently playing around at my desk,” Eric Carle recalls on the 40th anniversary of his most popular picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

A gentle fable for the preschool set, with holes as if eaten by a caterpillar, it has sold more than 29 million copies and been translated into 47 languages. It continues to sell about 650,000 copies a year.

Carle, 79, says his original idea was A Week With Willi Worm, featuring a green bookworm that grew fatter and fatter. It ended with a lament: “Poor Willi.”

At the time, Carle had done only two books. In what would become his trademark style — brightly painted tissue-paper collages — he had illustrated Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., and his own wordless counting book, 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo.



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Music Good for Your Cardiovascular Health.

A friend of mine found this article on the Medical News Today website. It seems like every day more and more information is being discovered on the benefits of music to a person’s whole health and body. Why not come and try a Kindermusik class for music, movement and laughter during these bleak days of grey winter weather. Not only will it benefit your child in innumerable ways, but it will also help you. That’s a pretty good value for your money in these hard economic times. Parents and caregivers who come to class weekly will tell you they get a workout and have fun, just as much as their children do.

Here’s the beginning of the article:
Listening to your favorite music may be good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function.

Music, selected by study participants because it made them feel good and brought them a sense of joy, caused tissue in the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate (or expand) in order to increase blood flow. This healthy response matches what the same researchers found in a 2005 study of laughter. On the other hand, when study volunteers listened to music they perceived as stressful, their blood vessels narrowed, producing a potentially unhealthy response that reduces blood flow.

The results of the study, conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center, were presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, on November 11, 2008, in New Orleans.

“We had previously demonstrated that positive emotions, such as laughter, were good for vascular health. So, a logical question was whether other emotions, such as those evoked by music, have a similar effect,” says principal investigator Michael Miller, M.D., director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We knew that individual people would react differently to different types of music, so in this study, we enabled participants to select music based upon their likes and dislikes.”

To read the complete article visit



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Okay so I’m prolific today…

But, we saw this video at convention and I just remembered I wanted to share it with you when I saw it on a friend’s Facebook. Enjoy!

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Some great information from Kindermusik

Hey everyone! I am having a fantastic (exhausting) time in Raleigh right now. I cannot wait to get back home t to share with you the ideas, songs, books etc etc etc that I am learning about both through the blog and in the studio. I am just about half way through the convention and already have so many ideas for being  a better teacher, mom and business owner. Kindermusik absolutely is the best choice for your child and your family. I would love to bring all of you with me so you could meet the great Employee/Owners from KI that work so hard to provide our home materials, write our lesson plans and keep things current and real in today’s vastly changing world. 

There is one website I didn’t want to wait to get to you. KI has a wonderful new pamphlet that is viewable online about the benefits of music instruction and early literacy skills. They are also currently working on one that discusses the benefits of music instruction and early mathematical skills but it is not ready yet.

 Please share this website with your friends with children as well. As many of you know, I have been doing a lot of research about the quality of Kindermusik and insuring that we are the best choice for your families. I believe when you read the research you will be recommitted to the value of Kindermusik in your childrens’ lives. 

The website is  

Last night we were very very privileged to hear a concert by Skip Ewing and the Big Kidz Band. I cannot wait to incorporate some of the songs from his CD (Indian Elephant Tea) in class. He even did a special track just for Kindermusik families. He is an amazing musician (as are all the “dudes” in the band) and we had so much fun dancing and singing and being BIG KIDS. I even got an opportunity to dance on stage with him. This morning he spoke to us about creativity and helping children develop to their full potential by offering them the invitation to do so. If you would like to know more about Skip, visit his website

Okay it is about time for me to go back to “work”. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my card reader for my camera so you will have to wait for photos until I get home. 

I am having so much fun but I am also REALLY missing seeing you all in the studio. I’ll be home soon.

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Halloween – Not just for candy any more!

A bunch of Kindermusik educators were chatting this week about Halloween and the things we do to add to our classes during this time. Miss Debbie, a great teacher in Kearney Mo, shared this FOL (Foundation of Learning Statement) that she shares with the parents in her studio.

Pretend Play

The development of pretend play generally moves from using one object to represent something else, to dressing up and/or pretending to be something else, to role-playing and interacting while in that role. You can provide opportunities for your child’s imagination to blossom by providing your child with hats, coats, shoes, etc. to play dress up.

Wow, not only do you get some wonderful photo ops, and your child gets yummy goodies, but dressing up for Halloween is also developing your child’s brain. Not convinced? Check out this quote from an article on

Children who make up plots and characters through role-play not only smile more, but are engaged in activities that build a stronger sense of self-confidence. Child development experts agree that dress-up play not only stimulates imagination, it can also be tracked to improved vocabulary and social skills.

Taking on other roles armed only with a towel, some of Dad’s old ties, a little costume jewelry or maybe an old bridesmaid dress from the back of Mom’s closet was an intrinsic part of our exploration of the world as children. How can our children venture into life’s uncharted territories without first imagining their way across the ocean in a pirate’s hat?

Research shows that children who engage in this type of imaginative, open-ended play are more creative thinkers who eventually mature into better problem solvers.

To read the entire article go here.

So, to encourage that imaginative play and creativity, and to allow you to milk a little more show and tell out of that costume, I am inviting you to dress your child up for class next week (October 27 – 30). I would love to see them all dressed up. Hmmmmmmmm, maybe Miss Christa will dress up too! Remember, we will still be doing our normal activities so some masks and props may need to be left with the shoes.

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